As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the Notorious Cherry Bombs boast a lineup of Nashville music titans: Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Tony Brown, along with Ed

As country music's most impressive supergroup this side of the Highwaymen, the Notorious Cherry Bombs boast a lineup of Nashville music titans: Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Tony Brown, along with Eddie Bayers (drums), Richard Bennett (guitars), Hank DeVito (steel) and John Hobbs (keyboards). More greasy than slick, "The Notorious Cherry Bombs" is a fine boogie time. The rollicking opener "Let It Roll, Let It Ride" and thumpin' "On the Road to Ruin" come off like a rural Traveling Wilburys. Crowell shines throughout, with a writing credit on seven cuts, including a gem of a ballad, "Making Memories of Us." The Bombs sit squarely in Cash country on "Oklahoma Dust." It contains an uncustomarily gruff vocal from Gill, who is pure country soul on "Forever Someday." "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long" is a country chart-topper in an alternative universe. But in any cosmos, the Bombs are the bomb.—RW