Honkytonk Homeslice‘s Honkytonk Homeslice
Bill Nershi‘s folk-inspired bluegrassy side project, Honkytonk Homeslice, is a melodic trio comprised, of course, of Nershi (the String Cheese Incident’s guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire), his wife Jilian (guitarist/singer/songwriter), and their good friend Scott Law (mandolinist/guitarist/singer/songwriter). SCI’s bassist Keith Moseley also makes a guest appearance on this self-titled studio debut.
The album’s feel is mostly acoustic, with some added lap steel picking by Billy and electric guitar picking by Law. The opening tune “Shot in the Blue,” which was written by Law, boasts intoxicating and harmonious vocals blended with the raw instrumental talent of each player. It’s the perfect upbeat start to the 13-song album. “Weary Homesick Blues,” by Billy, follows and is my personal favorite, as its relaxed feel just puts a smile on my face. Jilian’s “Another River” is a beautiful example of her exceptional songwriting skills, and lends itself a powerful message about nature. “School Bells” features a duet between the husband and wife, swirling with “ain’t gonna worry” and “ain’t gonna cry” lyrics into a wonderful and carefree little ditty. This debut album certainly is a captivating one, exuding an overall soothing feel. Nicely done!
Be sure to catch Honkytonk Homeslice in Santa Barbara, tomorrow, Saturday, November 4, when they play at Legends Bar and Lounge on Milpas Street. As well, Billy Nershi will be opening with a short set for Leo Kottke, who plays the Lobero tomorrow night.