“From the opening lines of the first cut and title track of The SaddleTones, Hitch Yer Wagon, Miss Laurie Ann’s vocals call up a combination of Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn. Every song on this album could be in steady rotation on a truck stop diner jukebox when my Uncle Gene was driving his big rig and cb radios weren’t around yet.
Mike McMillan’s guitar playing is period perfect and complimented expertly by steel guitar player Isaac Stanford. Listen to “Last Ounce of Pride” and images of smokey dance halls in your head can’t be avoided. There are several gems of every genre popular in the day mixed in this collection – the afore mentioned “Last Ounce of Pride” is a tear jerking country ballad; “Lackawanna County Lines Blues” and “Detour to Nowhere” are honky tonk at it’s finest. I can hear my father tapping his rings on the old Rambler station wagon’s steering wheel as “Long and Lonely Night” plays on WHN-AM. The SaddleTones even recruit the piano playing talents of Earl Poole Ball, who has recorded with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens and countless others.
After several listens on my JBL studio monitors, I actually hooked up and old pair of drive-in movie speakers, switched the setting to mono, closed my eyes and took a trip back to Americana 1948.”
Michael Fog – June 2012