Review: Doug Collins and the Receptionists

It’s been four years since Collins released his last album but it was definitely worth the wait. With this new project, which is more country than previous releases, Collins channels his inner Merle Haggard or Hank Williams. That traditional sound is a breath of fresh air and has won over the mid-west. His songwriting, which comes from a personal place, is to be applauded. A particular highlight is ‘Mama’s Shoes’ which reflects upon his mum’s passing. There is a vulnerability in his delivery as the emotion is conveyed. Collins brought in no other musicians on this record, just his Receptionists saying that he wanted to show off the band. They are a tight knit, cohesive unit who do a brilliant job of bringing these songs to life. To conclude, ‘Too Late At Night‘ is a fantastic record!

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