This LA-based Americana rock faction, despite setbacks due to that other band known as Covid, managed to cut some bright, optimistic & hopeful songs. The 2nd & 3rd songs are quite “wet” but refreshing. “Caught In the Rain,” & “Fall Into the Sea,” — lightning strikes of near-Springsteen-Mellencamp type energy. The opener “California,” is firmly in Bob Segar’s land. The band was founded in Joshua Tree, CA (2019) & named after an authentic long-lost Mojave Desert ghost town.
Musicians from the band have performed & recorded with well-known artists & didn’t come up empty on this 32-minute effort. The 8-songs of Open Highways (Drops May 23–Southside Records) were produced by Fernando Perdomo (lead guitar/keys/backing vocals) & Will Hawkins (lead vocals/electric guitar) who’s been compared to Springsteen, Jim Morrison & Nick Cave.