Nevada Backwards

Sacramento band Nevada Backwards’ debut CD, Ignorant, released earlier this year, has everything—and a bag of chips. Nevada Backwards plays a rockin’ country-blues style like many bands only wish to play. It’s in the band’s blood—no B.S., no filler, just pure, heartfelt music reminiscent of the Band, or 16 Horsepower without the banshee vocals. The excellently played piano, guitar, accordion and various types of mandolins and Brian Ballentine’s incredibly unique vocals—he also blows one of the meanest harmonicas I’ve ever heard—will make you want to let your beer get warm in your hand. The opening song, “Ghostown,” is worthy of Neil Young’s attention; perhaps he should consider recording a cover version. Ignorant is definitely in my top 10 for 2002.