Another Lost Highway
Ever since Hank Williams warbled about that forlorn lost highway towards the end of short, tragic career, it’s become a symbol of country lore. Baltimore’s Arty Hill finds his way on a similar lost highway, but not necessarily the one Williams traveled. Instead, Hill’s is comically littered with 12-pack mornings, ICU’s, halfway houses, and cheatin’ neighbors, all the wicked stuff that makes country music great. In its own way, Hill’s catchy all-original affair stands on its own merit, even though it could use a little more edge in a few places.
Hill’s best song on Another Lost Highway is “Kind of That Thing,” a homage to all those hard workin,’ slip sliding steel guitarists who really know how to get a bang out of twang. He mixes it up with a little western swing, honky tonk, pedal-to-the-metal rockabilly and rumbling rumba (“Breaking-Up Party”) not staying in any particular idiom for too long. Still, his greatest asset is fronting a dance band that makes it impossible to drop the beat, despite how many six-pack mornings you’ve had lately.
—Dan Willging (Denver, CO)