Speedbuggy USA – South of Bakersfield

Speedbuggy USA – South of Bakersfield
Nearly six years ago, Speedbuggy USA vocalist and songwriter Timbo checked into a hospital with a brain aneurysm. There must have been some higher purpose for Timbo’s survival of the mostly fatal condition, and with one listen to the latest CD from California’s cow-punk kings, you get the idea that the music was one of those purposes. Timbo and his talented mates kick it into high gear from the get-go with the rollicking and perhaps apropos titled “Still Movin’ On.” The foot never comes off the accelerator on the rest of the journey, as even mellower songs like the balladic “Wrong Side” carry a subtle potency. “Set ‘Em Up” is a bawdy shuffle that harkens to smoke filled honky-tonks and sawdust covered dance floors. Most of the songs’ lyrics are written from the band’s experiences in their home base of Bakersfield, weaving both the humorous and the poignant. Timbo, who was born in Louisiana, also penned the song “Rusted Cars” lamenting of the affect of Hurricane Katrina. Yes, Timbo has so much more to give to the world of music and, with his friends, that translates into some killer, sun-drenched, mud-flecked, tobacco -stained tunes. – MW



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