Personnel: Jimmer Podrasky (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Terry Wilson (guitar, harmonica, background vocals); Timothy Jimenez (piano, drums, percussion, background vocals); Tommy Blatnik (background vocals).
Recording information: A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (03/16/1986); Bad Sneakers, Burbank, CA (03/16/1986); Snap, KCRW, Santa Monica, CA (03/16/1986); A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (1985); Bad Sneakers, Burbank, CA (1985); Snap, KCRW, Santa Monica, CA (1985).
Editor: The Terrmeister.
Photographers: Steve Harris ; Tommy Blatnik.
Like contemporaries from Jason & the Scorchers to Green on Red to the Long Ryders, the Rave-Ups were ahead of their time -- alternative country when alternative country wasn't cool, their career petered out at roughly the same time the No Depression movement came into critical and commercial vogue. Although their indie label breakthrough Town + Country (a title perfectly capturing the group's distinctive blend of rock & roll torque and C&W twang) largely forgoes the classic pop influences of the previous Class Tramp EP, frontman Jimmer Podrasky nevertheless maintains the disc's crisp melodicism, infusing highlights like the opening "Postively Lost Me" (one of two songs the Rave-Ups performed in the film Pretty in Pink), "By the Way," and the bluegrass-inflected "Remember (Newman's Lovesong)" with rootsy grit and galloping energy. ~ Jason Ankeny