Grant Langston Stand Up Man

Grant Langston Stand Up Man
In an era of alt-country bands with artistic pretensions it's refreshing to come across an unabashed throwback like Langston. The Alabama native was rejected by Nashville for being too old school — always a good sign. He has found a warmer welcome in California, and has also earned a following in Europe. This spirited new album, his sixth, deserves to spread the word. His band, the Supermodels, are joined with cameos by the likes of Amy Farris (Dave Alvin) and his co-producer, Rich McCulley, and guest fiddle and pedal steel players add to the authentic honky-tonk vibe. Langston's amiable vocal style suits witty tunes like "Burt Reynolds Movie Brawl" and "Shiner Bock And Vicodin," an album highlight, while such ballads as "Just Pretend You Love Me Tonight" and "Broken Clocks" show he's not just a stand-up comic. If the likes of Webb Wilder and Corb Lund are up your alley, check this out. (MSG)