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HAVALINAS (Buy CDs by this artist)
The Havalinas (Elektra) 1990

Rejoining another former member of the Rockats (British stand-up bassist Smutty Smith), New York singer/guitarist Tim Scott McConnell ended (or at least shelved) his trend-jumping solo career by forming a tough and dusty California trio with ex-Plugz/Cruzados drummer Chalo Quintana. A selfconscious cowboy rock album played on acoustic instruments, The Havalinas (deftly produced by Don Gehman, who does much the same work for John Mellencamp) sets McConnell's any-style-in-a-storm songs into an atmospheric and energetic — but ultimately unconvincing — campfire stew.

[Ira Robbins]
   See also Cruzados, Plugz, Rockats, Tim Scott