If the notion of a revved-up rockabilly band specializing in pure Southern honky-tonk seems somewhat out of sync with South Florida's tropical leanings, then perhaps we ought to remind you that this isn't the first country combo molded down here. The Mavericks were regulars on the local circuit, serving up tears for beer drinkers in the late '80s and early '90s before heading to Nashville, where they eventually staked their claim to fame and fortune. Whether the 18 Wheelers will follow that same route remains to be seen. But if their debut CD, the aptly titled Songs from the Road
is any indication, these four good ol' boys are every bit the real deal. Drawing their repertoire from well-worn Americana standards and a handful of like-minded originals to boot, the Wheelers rail on about hard-drinking losers, heart-breaking women, busted lives, and withered affairs. -- Lee Zimmerman
Hit the road and see the 18 Wheelers at 9:30 p.m. Friday, September 17, at Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $10. Call 561-585-2583.