Now in their 19th year, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are just released a brand new CD entitled Susquehanna. This unequivocally innovative band is back after an extended hiatus with their trademark mixture of rock and roll, ska, swing and what they describe as Psychobilly. While I have heard of The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies I am new to their camp and I honestly had no idea what to expect. What I found was a unique, if not eclectic collection of songs that are fun and full of energy and beg to be danced to.

This is very different CD than just about anything I have reviewed before and I must say it was very enjoyable. I receive an overwhelming amount of discs, too many to make it into my iPOD or my car stereo but Susquehanna has done just that. I guess the main reason is that this disc is entertaining as hell and is full of surprises. One minute I am listening to the opening song “Bust Out” which is laced with Westerns style guitars and plenty of horns then the very next song “Hi And Lo” is a Ska infused tune that reminded me of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A variety of musical styles awaits the listener throughout the remainder of the disc.

My favorite track on the disc by far is “White Trash Toodle Oo”, which contains a great groove and all of the above-mentioned qualities as well some witty tongue and cheek lyrics that had me smirking all the way through.

At the end of the day, Susquehanna is a disc that caught me off guard with its unique blending of genres, but it is absolutely a CD I would feel confident recommending. The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies style is infectious and fun, plain and simple.  [ END ]

Track Listing:

01. Bust Out
02. Hi And Lo
03. Blood Orange Sun
04. White Trash Toodle Oo
05. Julie Grave
06. Roseanne
07. Hammerblow
08. Tom The Lion
09. Wingtips
10. Breathe
11. The Good Things
12. Bust Out

Run Time: 46:47