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  • Swampwater [RCA Victor, 1971] B

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Swampwater [RCA Victor, 1971]
On their own Linda Ronstadt's backup boys prove honest country-rockers, which is like (and probably is) honest folkies with more chops. Very tuneful in a variety of styles, with Gib Guilbeau's fiddle pushing toward the bayous and John Beland's guitar pulling 'em back to L.A. But their best lyric is about a dancing bear, and their version of "Headed for the country" is less bathetic than Johnny Darrell's only because they couldn't project big emotions if they wanted to. B