New Haven Connecticut isn't the first locale that comes to mind for a blue based, country styled, classic rock and roll band. Yet New Haven is the home base for The Bonesmen, a fundamental root rock band. The aptly titled Deuce is their second full-length work. The Bonesmen advance a true home grown spirit by merging American blues and country with hard rock. This is open air, ribs on the grill, and flowing keg good time music. Strong grooves are blended with catchy riffs and choruses and then seasoned with some spicy fret work. Add Frank Thomas' straight bourbon raspy vocals and you have a real American rock and roll band. Do It Again, Morning Noon or Night, and the essential Fallin Apart are inspired and spirit fun. Even the ballad-like I Believe turns on a quick hook, intelligent lyrics, and solid vocal arrangement. However, the real gem may be the cover of The Monkees' Last Train to Clarksville which is given a gritty interpretation. But, hey, I like The Monkees. I wonder what The Bonesmen would do with Pleasant Valley Sunday. Anyway, The Bonesmen's Deuce is all good: solid American rock and roll with modest and vibrant doses of hard rock, country and blues. Good stuff!