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Yes Virginia - There is 'The Coyote Problem'

You've heard of the "coyote problem" but have you heard of "The Coyote Problem"?

Probably not. How could you have heard about them? I'm sure their albums haven't sold a gazillion copies (at least I was sure a few minutes ago.) They aren't in jail. They aren't out to munch on your ferret (though I understand they can give you a great recipe for ferret de jeune with roasted habaneros and a savory sweet honey-mustard glaze.) They didn't sleep with Gene Simmons of KISS.

Nevertheless, you might want too find out about them if you are missing music that has a true to life "Cal-alta-urba-baja-fornia ROCK" feel. (Thank God for the English Language.) Creating a hybrid word is the only way I can begin to describe them to you.

Their new album, WIRE, grabs the real California: the California that is full of eccentric characters and sage blowing over the mountains and dry desert air and trailers with a "bondo-ed" Toyota in the sienna-red lava rock driveway.

The Coyote Problem is a band that fans of the late Gram Parsons would enjoy. They make each song intelligent, but without tipping their hand. Their harmony lines are just right, like early Eagles work, bare enough to see the legs through the skirt, full enough to flatter the curvy parts and still arouse you. And their songs have range. They do rock, ballad, country waltz, and riff equally well. Don't trust me. You don't know me. Judge them for yourself. Just click the links below and check a couple of the songs out.

"Any Port in a Storm" is a rocking start to the album. It leads the way into a series of real life adventures including homage to the real reasons for a tourist destination in the middle of a desert ("Going to Vegas"). By the time you're through with those two songs, it's evident Peter Bolland (lead vocals/ guitars), Marcia Claire (vocals/bass) and Danny Cress (drums/percussion/heartbeat of America) make it sound easy. Peter Bolland's lyrical sensibility, crafty guitar work and "right there" vocals blend well with the melodic bass lines and liquid harmonies delivered by Marcia Claire. Danny Cress comes from the "steady does it school" that's at the core of every great rock band in the world.

I have a couple of tracks that are personal favorites - "Tattooed" (you'll think twice the next time you see this girl coming out of Wal-Mart) and "It's Always 4:20 Somewhere" (written and performed a long time before Jimmy Buffett hooked up with Alan Jackson for a song of similar title.) You realize the real reason people come to California isn't the cheese.

"The Coyote Problem" make, in my opinion, music that is so essentially American you'll wonder why it isn't being played on the radio. This always means they'll probably be huge in Europe. But I'm willing to start their fan club.