Album Review: Wil Forbis & The Gentlemen Scoundrels "Shadey's Jukebox"

No one would call Wil Forbis average. If fact, it would probably be fair to say that Wil Forbis and The Gentleman Scoundrel's new alt-country CD "Shadey's Jukebox" is one of the two or three most eclectically entertaining albums of the year.
Besides being a musician, Forbis is also a well-known San Diego pop culture commentator on his site Acid Logic site. However, the album proves that he obviously enjoys exploring all elements of music from pop, to metal to his new-found genre of alt-country. Surprisingly enough, it works.

The project begins with the high-energy "Let's Get High On Jesus." While this song will never be mistaken for gospel music, the track has country charm and could be an alt-country and Americana chart hit.

The next track, "Hope Kills," is a bluesy country rock cut and "Where There's A Will There's A Way" is a big-band style musical treat. Forbis' country juices begin flowing again on "Larelay (Take The Long Road)" and "Fin Fang Foom." Both offer interesting lyrics and superb instrumentation.

"Shadey's Jukebox" is a solid effort by one of the most interesting California musicians to ever enter the alt-country music scene. If Wil Forbis could harness all of his creative energy to make an alt-country album as consistently good as the cut "Let's Get High With Jesus," it would not be too far fetched to imagine a major music prize for this uniquely talented blogger and musician.