Slim Milkie's Silverado is full of cocksure swagger

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Slim Milkie
Silverado (Bearwood Music)

It’s a good thing Slim Milkie’s a Chevy man. Considering Toyota’s latest batch of recalls, had the rootin’ tootin’ Roberts Creek native invested in a 2010 Highlander, instead of his trusty pickup, he probably wouldn’t be pulling the kinds of cowgirls he does on his debut disc’s title cut.

Bursting out the gates atop speedy steel guitars and one-two polka beats, the motor-mouthed country boy’s cocksure swagger guarantees he’ll be looking under the hood of a hot body by song’s end. "I’ll have her purring good," he warbles in one of the track’s multiple double-entendres.

Focusing on an old-school honky-tonk approach, Silverado thrives in trashy dive bars rather than the glitzy stadium shows of today’s new-country superstars. The saloon shuffler "$20.50", for instance, takes the tear-in-your-beer route as Milkie erases a dame from his dome by pounding back bottles of Bud and fingering a plate of spicy chicken wings.

Just as he surrounds himself with fast women and even faster vehicles, the musician surrounds himself with an all-star cast of collaborators. Guitarist Tim Hearsay’s southern-tinged slide work on the salacious album highlight "Tijuana Lady" takes the band down Mexico way with glorious results.

Perhaps the most surprising contributor on Silverado is Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who adds tuba to "She Believes Her Own Lies". Bringing to mind the A&W Root Bear’s theme song, Robertson’s gentle melody softens a tale of heartbroken woe which includes lines like "I’ll miss her eyes and think of better days". On the bright side, with Silverado hinting that Milkie spends much of his time picking up strangers at the bar, it’s just a matter of time before the country crooner finds another bed to keep his cowboy boots under.

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