The second full-length album from California's hillbilly sensations, The B-Stars, is aptly titled "West Coast Special" as it captures the spirit, moods and pioneering rhythms of the western swing and hillbilly musicians recording and performing on the west coast during the boom years of the 1940s and '50s. Featuring upright bass, drums, acoustic, electric & steel guitars, the warm analog recording & mastering of these original compositions and choice covers will inspire dancers and mid-century Americana enthusiasts alike with light-hearted melodies, twin guitars and a nod to roots American music from the Golden Age of recording.
From French webzine Rock and Roll Revue:
"The previous album by this San Francisco group put a spell on me, and the charm is far from being broken. One word can sum up what they offer: superb!
The mix of Hillbilly bop/western swing is identical, as is the virtuosity of the players, in spite of personnel change within the quintet, right now made up of Greg Yanito, Eric Reedy, Pierre Laik, Larry Chung, and Billy Zelinski. The only non-hillbilly bop or western swing title is a hillbilly blues one, "When The Darkness Turns To Light.” Out of the 12, there is not a weak track. The large majority of which are originals so good you'd think they're out of the 1950s and you could mistake them for covers, which is no small compliment."
–Bernard Boyat, Rock and Roll Revue, Dec 2012