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March 2010
by Ray Harper


The first album of all-new material from Jason & The Scorchers since 1996 featuring Jason Ringenberg and Warner E. Hodges from the original line-up with bassist Al Collins and drummer Pontus Snibb replacing the retired Jeff Johnson and Perry Baggs. Halcyon Times finds the godfathers of alt-country keen to rediscover their roots - opening track ‘Moonshine Guy’ pauses briefly for a blast from the band’s 1985 debut Fervour – tracks like ‘Mona Lee’ and ‘Mother Of Greed’ reminding us that The Scorchers were cow-punk before the genre existed. Fans will be delighted at the return to form and newbies should start here and then pick up Fervor.