Hank Jr.'s follow-up to 2002's critically acclaimed, mostly acoustic set "Almeria Club" finds Bocephus in full-tilt Southern boogie mode.

Hank Jr.'s follow-up to 2002's critically acclaimed, mostly acoustic set "Almeria Club" finds Bocephus in full-tilt Southern boogie mode. This record teems with authority, from Williams' swaggering swamp-funk cover of Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" and the country rock "Just Enough to Get in Trouble" to the nostalgic title cut. Williams knows his audience well—"Liquor to Like Her," the self-penned Dixieland romp "What's on the Bar" and the Cajun-inflected "Why Don't We All Get a Long Neck?" (which segues into a rousing turn on "Jambalaya") will be wholly embraced. While Williams is great at jarring studio musicians out of their comfort zone to great effect, it is particularly noteworthy in a swingin' take on Joe South's "Games People Play" and the kickin' "Guitar Money." Strong stuff.—RW

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