March 27, 2008

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Little Memphis, Let Me Down Easy
East Country Records, March 12
Things are looking up for Stetson-topped Lebanon, N.H., band Little Memphis, having hawg-tied journeyman producer (of Slim Whitman, Willie Nelson and Nilsson) Scotty Turner and drug him into the studio to add big-league nuance to their debut LP with the assistance of Shania Twain engineer George Clinton. On the whole the LP proffers a Garth Brooks-ish sound without too much strained drawling (“Hope He’s Good Enough” is an exception), low-baritone flourishes supporting laid-back, genre-cookie-cut songs targeting, for the most part, devout C&W audiences. The band was an Elvis Presley tribute operation before Turner swept them down to Nashville and threw a list of songs at them, and in keeping with that history, John Baylor’s “Hot Date” is done up in trademark Elvis wiggle-mumble and zoomy piano. Turner will be in attendance at their CD release party, to be held April 4 at Electra Nightclub in East Lebanon. The show will be simulcast on local country station KIXX Radio (WXXK 100.5 FM). B+Eric W. Saeger