Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen's debut album had established them as revivalists of a traditional country, honky-tonk and rockabilly sound, and it’s follow-up showed that they were planning to stick with it. The band line-up was almost the same as before, but pedal steel guitarist Steve Davis had been replaced by Bobby Black. Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers’ Favorites was a concept album of sorts, featuring mostly songs about trucks and truckers. Alongside classic country songs such as Terry Fell’s “Truck Drivin’ Man” and Doug Kershaw’s “Diggy Liggy Lo” were band originals written in the same style. They also showed their love of 50s R&B, with versions of Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” and Ray Charles’ “It Should’ve Been Me”. The result was an album even more rooted in the past than its predecessor - indeed it sounds like it could have been recorded in the 1950s. The album didn’t really touch the charts, but by now the band had earned themselves a dedicated live following.
Lost In The Ozone (1971) <|> Country Cassanova (1973)
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