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Wrinkle Neck Mules

Wrinkle Neck Mules

Apprentice to Ghosts

Lower 40 Records

If they made Heavy Country or Melodic Folk-Metal, it might sound like the Wrinkle Neck Mules. The steel guitar is Nashville 1968, the lyrics dead serious and so bluesy you’ll start drafting a suicide note, and afterwards they’ll help you spell check it. We open to gravel and alcohol-driven vocals: “When the Wheels Touch Down” builds slowly and ends at one of those wonderful musical climaxes where everyone in the band, everyone in the studio, and two guys delivering pizza join in. Singing and songwriting comes from Andy Stepanian and Chase Heard; I can’t tell who’s voice is whose but both are impressive. Title track “Apprentice to Ghosts” is square in the hard rock camp, and then it’s back to bluesy folk with “Stone Over My Head.” Like any good band, there’s a web of back story. They’ve played on national commercials and nearly died in fiery car wrecks, and after five albums I’m sure they have enough rock and roll stories to last a lifetime. Wrinkle Neck Mules are ascendant, and they’ve been working hard for years. I’m glad I finally found them.

Wrinkle Neck Mules: http://wrinkleneckmules.com

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