BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND, THE MORTON REPORT

Single of the Month! The Mustangs, "T-Shirt from California." For those with memories of the '80s still intact, The Mustangs will invoke major flashbacks of a band that seemed like they had it all. Yes, they were all women, and yes they played country music, even if it was rocked up around the edges. Sherry Rayn Barnett (electric guitar, vocals), Suzanna Spring (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), and Holly Montgomery (bass, vocals) return with their illustrious outfit, now joined by Suzanne Morissette Cruz (drums, vocals) and Aubrey Richmond (fiddle, vocals) to deliver one of the most moving singles of the year. "T-Shirt from California" is a near tear-jerker about a love affair headed for the rocks, with no way out that doesn't involve heartbreak and unhappiness. The Mustangs always had a way with songs like this. Spring has such an evocative voice and the way the other band members back her up, it is still a source of amazement they didn't hit the toppermost of the country poppermost 30 years ago. The good news is the five females are here to give the ride on the musical merry-go-round another twirl, and if there is any justice left in the music business they will take that trip all the way. This is as classic a heart-tugging Southern California song as anything heard since, well, the Eagles were trying to check out of the Hotel California. Welcome back Mustangs.- Bill Bentley

Single of the Month! The Mustangs, "T-Shirt from California." For those with memories of the '80s still intact, The Mustangs will invoke major flashbacks of a band that seemed like they had it all. Yes, they were all women, and yes they played country music, even if it was rocked up around the edges. Sherry Rayn Barnett (electric guitar, vocals), Suzanna Spring (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), and Holly Montgomery (bass, vocals) return with their illustrious outfit, now joined by Suzanne Morissette Cruz (drums, vocals) and Aubrey Richmond (fiddle, vocals) to deliver one of the most moving singles of the year. "T-Shirt from California" is a near tear-jerker about a love affair headed for the rocks, with no way out that doesn't involve heartbreak and unhappiness. The Mustangs always had a way with songs like this. Spring has such an evocative voice and the way the other band members back her up, it is still a source of amazement they didn't hit the toppermost of the country poppermost 30 years ago. The good news is the five females are here to give the ride on the musical merry-go-round another twirl, and if there is any justice left in the music business they will take that trip all the way. This is as classic a heart-tugging Southern California song as anything heard since, well, the Eagles were trying to check out of the Hotel California. Welcome back Mustangs.- Bill Bentley