It's been a great year for songs about honky tonks and dancehalls, and Michael Jay Hughes has added to the tally on "Thunderbird Night". This is a somewhat unique take on the theme based on geography alone- while I hear innumerable songs about honky tonks in Texas and Tennessee, this track takes you to the banks of the Mississippi. You can practically feel the sweat-drenched air, swim through the humidity, and sense the palpable excitement of the Thunderbird through the lyrics. It documents the joyful exuberance of youth, from the not-so-covert underage drinking to chasing a foxy young lady from Kosciusko around the dancefloor. Hughes delivers it all with an assertive vocal twang, followed in counterpoint with great guitar riff, reminiscent of Brent Mason's legendary playing. This one is a perfect example of a throwback country song that would feel at equally at home on modern radio or coming out of a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox. "Thunderbird Night" is a celebration of the southern dancehall experience with a delightful Deep South flavor to it. Play this one when the weather gets muggy and you want to dance.
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