Album reviews for Dec. 21, 2012

Rondo Hatton
RONDO HATTON

The self-titled second album from Rondo Hatton confirms the all-instrumental Baton Rouge band’s prolific surf-rock prowess. Opening track “Pedal Pusher,” for instance, with its twanging guitars and upbeat tempo, plays like the perfect soundtrack for an imagery 1960s surf movie.

But Rondo Hatton — featuring local music veterans Bruce Lamb, John Rossetti, Les LeBlanc and Joe Miceli — covers much more than the surf-rock waterfront. “Saguaro” expertly re-creates the majesty of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti-western music. “Agave” blends the Champs’ 1958 instrumental hit, “Tequila,” with the moodiness of the brooding young Doors on the Sunset Strip in 1966.

“Little Ruby” shows guitarists Lamb and Rossetti’s affection for Tex-Mex music. “Skee-Daddle” is a full-throttle excursion into hot country-guitar picking. “Danger Zone” is another track on this all-original album just waiting for a home on the Hollywood range. Listening to it, it’s easy to imagine good-guy cowboys galloping into a showdown with a gang of evil hombres.

John Wirt

Rondo Hatton and Delta Drifters perform Friday, Dec. 21, at Artmosphere in Lafayette.