The Long Haul represents the second full-length album by Americana exponents, The Wynntown Marshals. Former in Edinburgh in 2007, the band have supported some prominent Americana artists such as Chuck Prophet and Jason & the Scorchers, while appearing on such notable genre radio shows as Ricky Ross and “Whispering” Bob Harris. Not a bad haul for a band with one full length and couple of EPs to their names. US-based site, No Depression, even went so far as to name their first album a contender for debut of 2010. Not bad for a band from Scotland, but will the second album live up to this?One of the things that piqued my interest in this album was as straightforward as the band’s influences. Listed amongst the names were three that are close to my heart – Neil Young, The Jayhawks and Wilco. Opening track ‘Driveaway’ certainly slots right in beside these influences, giving a nice blend rather than straight up mimicry. The vocal that leads off the sing is heartfelt and sounds great. The rhythm section are perfect harmony, kicking up a really nice tempo while the keyboard sounds really fresh.