Trent Summar and the New Row Mob Trent Summar and the New Row Mob

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, along comes the devil spawn of Jason and the Scorchers and the Georgia Satellites in a rough 'n' tumble country-rock outfit that's fit to be tied and looking forward to it. Muscular, razor-sharp rock'n'roll guitar and honky-tonk piano combines with traditional country and a dash of Southern boogie for a disc that's over far too quickly. Summar sounds like a young, brash Steve Earle, and producer extraordinaire R.S. Field surrounds his honest songs with hardcore twang and white trash attitude. Summar and guitarist Philip Wallace originated from Hank Flamingo - a six-man, alt-country unit from Tennessee - but have hit their stride with the New Row Mob, marrying the music of Hank Williams to that of the Stones. Additional hot dawg musicians include guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Lucinda Williams) and keyboard player Jerry Dale McFadden (Mavericks), attest to the fact that this is an aggressive first release and the calibre of the original songs (co-written with Ozark Mountain Daredevil Michael Granda). Instant classics like "Colene" and "I'm Country" mesh with a tongue-in-cheek take on Albert Hammond's "It Never Rains In California" for an all-round outing that begs the repeat button. Just what the doctor ordered. (VFR)