[caption id="attachment_2204" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="(L-R) Riley Watkins, Jim Snead, Gary Stewart"]Riley, Grandma's Roadhouse, Gary Stewart[/caption] The late [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gary Stewart[/lastfm] was a true-blue country artist, the nasal-twanged voice behind "Single Again," "She's Acting Single (And I'm Drinking Doubles)," and other hardcore honky-tonk gems. Before he grabbed Nashville's attention with those whiskey-soaked beauties, though, he earned early chops as a member of upstart country-rock band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Riley[/lastfm], named after the band's leader, Riley Watkins. Riley released just one under-the-radar album, Grandma's Roadhouse, in 1971, which has since been unearthed and reissued by Delmore Recordings. [caption id="attachment_2216" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="(L-R) Jim Snead, Jim Noveskey, Riley Watkins"]Riley, Grandma's Roadhouse[/caption] Grandma's Roadhouse is all grease and grits, moonshine and leafy-green dreams (see "Field of Green"), so it's curious to learn it was recorded at Bradley's Barn, home of the clean-cut Nashville Sound (Stewart worked there as an engineer's assistant). Riley and pals had wide musical taste and weren't afraid to let it show. Or to blur the lines: The songs here are a fresh, impassioned mix of swamp blues and hippie honky tonk swirled with redneck rock 'n roll and even some folk-inspired harmonies (see again "Field of Green"). It's also amazingly well recorded, sporting sharp guitar playing and some truly catchy melodies. Drink it up and kick on back. [audio url="https://cbsmp3.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/08-field-of-green.mp3" artist="Riley" name="Field of Green" podtrac="true" config_file="config.xml"] [audio url="https://cbsmp3.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/09-drinking-them-squeezins.mp3" artist="Riley" name="Drinkin' Them Squeezins" podtrac="true" config_file="config.xml"] [caption id="attachment_2219" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="The lo-fi appearance of the "Grandma's Roadhouse" album cover belies the high-quality music inside"][/caption] Buy Grandma's Roadhouse direct from Delmore Recordings Read more on the story behind Grandma's Roadhouse

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