Now, after the loss of several key members, including co-founder Gary Bennett, BR549 is down to a part-time quartet on the modest Dualtone label. Luckily, the new album, Dog Days, is a testament to the concept "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Although the record is suffused with a warm maturity that betrays little bitterness, the disc chucks the see-no-evil blinders worn by so many roots bands. The loss of America's greatest music city suffuses "After the Hurricane." The story of Indian-rights activist Leonard Peltier forms the core of the loose rocker "Bottom of Priority." But wishful thinking gets a nod in the band's version of Dylan's masterly "When I Paint My Masterpiece."
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