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Classic Album Review: The Domino Kings | Life & 20

The Springfield throwbacks deliver authentic rockabilly like a great bar band should.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Lotsa bands over the years have had a fling with rockabilly. But most of ’em want to dress her up before they take her out on the town — think The Stray Cats, The Cramps or even Rev. Horton Heat. You’d almost think they were ashamed of the old gal.

Not so with Springfield, Mo., trio The Domino Kings. These good ol’ boys don’t have no truck with neck tattoos, leather pants, bleached pompadours or rhinestone-studded western wear. They just care about the music, as is obvious from their authentically appealing sophomore disc. Life & 20’s 14 cuts are classic American rockabilly and honky-tonk country tunes about women, whiskey and wheels, knocked out on a twangy guitar, a rattling standup bass and shuffling cardboard-box drums. Everything you need for a great bar band. Just add beer.