FROM time to time you come across something musically different and I can remember the uniqueness of the sound that Steve Earle gave us with Guitar Town.

I have just experienced a similar feeling after taking a listen to a new outfit from Denver called The Railbenders.

Their press release states “Denver's finest leave their music to do the talking, with clean unfussy production, featuring the occasional steel guitar and fiddle and subtle Hammond organ leaving space for the wry lyrical observations”.

To me it’s the basic unaltered sound that gives them the earthy drive throughout their album Like A Wheel, reminiscent of the early studio work of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe and George Jones.

It’s infectious, with a haunting, twanging lead guitar present through all 11 tracks.

Check them out at or join me with The American Connection show on on Saturday when I'll be featuring three tracks.

■ The Railbenders, Like A Wheel, Whiskey Road Records. Cat No WR 0004