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The Whiskey Gentry, ‘Holly Grove’

The sophomore release from Atlanta band the Whiskey Gentry, is the sort of record that only comes along every once in awhile. It grabs you by the scruff and forces you to take notice, and it does so from the first note of the first song, “I Ain’t Nothing,” a righteous blast of unalloyed honky-tonk music. There’s more of that, courtesy of a captivating reworking of a hippie country-rock classic, the New Riders of the Purple Sage’s “Lonesome LA Cowboy,” and a take-no-prisoners shuffle, “Dixie,” that fairly channels early Dwight Yoakam. And there’s a whole lot more: bluegrass, acoustic, and dexterous (“Oh Me”); jacked-up and electrified (“Colly Davis”); and punky Celtic (“Brander’s Reel”). Stuffed full of inventive songwriting, the marvelous twang of singer Lauren Staley, and the ferocious playing of her bandmates, the honky-tonk hybrid of “Holly Grove” leaves you with the feeling that this band could be something special. (Out Tuesday)

ESSENTIAL “One Night in New York”

The Whiskey Gentry plays at the Sinclair Wednesday.

Stuart Munro can be reached at
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