Fortunately, Scruggs has brought his own musical twists to the hayride. An adolescent punk rocker who lived for a spell in England, his fascination with roots music was stirred not by the Grand Ole Opry, but by live-fast-die-young '50s rocker Eddie Cochran. After a three-year stint fronting the Nashville band BR549, Scruggs has embarked on a solo career that takes Cochran's rousing rock to the honky-tonk. From the pure slap-back rockabilly of "Two Door Ford" to the vintage country swing of "Hold My Baby," Scruggs gets by on his natural authority, his confident command of the basics.
| Chris Scruggs
Sat, Aug 27
1719 Blanco Rd.
Just to let you know he's not a cardboard cutout of a rockabilly rebel or honky-tonk hero, he offers "Sober Up and Think." It's a straight-edge scolding directed at someone whose wild behavior is getting the best of them. It's not a message you would have heard from hedonists like Cochran or Gene Vincent, but it would probably bring a smile to grandpa's face. •