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Crazy Aces Album Release 

When: Fri., Sept. 21, 6 p.m. 2012
Price: Free
Naming your debut album Greatest Hits Volume 2 takes a lot of gumption, a wry sense of humor or perhaps access to a wrinkle in the space-time continuum. And Crazy Aces’ inaugural effort — a blend of superb musicianship, a little kitsch and dead-on ’60s guitar tones — would seem to indicate they have all three. Guitarists Jeff Senn and Sam Hawksley, bassist Justin “Oscar” Cary and drummer Tom Hoey have a combined résumé that includes work with Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton-John, Counting Crows, Wynonna Judd and Paul Brandt. When they’re not at their regular gigs, they indulge their mutual love for vintage surf music and other instrumental styles of the ’60s. GHV2 features all original material by Senn (a ridiculously good player, not to mention one of Nashville’s top guitar builders), and it expands beyond the typical surf-band territory to include spaghetti-Western motifs (“Eastwood Outlaw”), Austin Powers-worthy mod sounds (“Attention Shoppers”) and psychedelia (“Hippy Trip” and “Numb One”). But fear not, surf purists — there’s plenty for you: “Invasion of Malibu,” “Boogie Bored” and “Arigato Terauchi,” a tribute to eleki (Japanese surf music) legend Takeshi Terauchi. But the standout may be “The Last Song,” a gorgeous, haunting melody in the vein of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk.”
— Jack Silverman


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