Local hero in local memories that reach back to the Charlie's days because he was the frontman for the Mudheads - Bill Coffey, these days out of Boise, where he has a day job as a business architect has a new one, "Skyline Cemetery Rose." This Coffey hits a homerun to Starbucks proportions on this raw introspective Americana classic. He seems to be channeling Big Bill Haywood and George Bailey on his working man-friendly "Old Town Bank & Trust" and he gives Miss Take as good she deserves on "The Man I'm Not," and the song "Dry County" is sad - as it should be. It's country rock smartly done by Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins - a band that's tighter than your boss and Coffey's world weary vocals, not so much unlike Martin Zellar of the Gear Daddies, make it all happen. There's even a couple of rockers - "Gone Away For Good" and "A Girl From Southern Utah." Coffey is as good as any singer/songwriter out there right now - and way better than most of them. They should have these CDs at Salzer's in Ventura. Buy two - Christmas is only 90-something days away.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Bill Coffey - Skyline Cemetery Rose
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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