Where Y'at Magazine, January 2009
Mike West and Katie Euliss, the eccentric duo behind Truckstop Honeymoon, just released their fifth CD, Great Big Family, an album of catchy but truthful and humorous original songs. The couple met in the French Quarter, had a courthouse wedding, and spent their wedding night at a truck stop somewhere between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya basin – thus the band Truckstop Honeymoon was born. The pair plays a dozen instruments between them on Great Big Family, and the songs have surprising depth that contrasts with the raucous humor. Some songs may even surprise you with a sense of melancholy and loss. The song “The River and the Lake,” about a chance meeting with a stranger from New Orleans is snappy and catchy, but it’s actually about people who lost everything, and the song “Blue Ribbon” is a wistful tune about expectations at a county fair. Then, just to keep you guessing, Katie Euliss sings a humorous blues tune about aging: “The neighborhood boys don’t even whistle/I can ride through the ‘hood without packin’ a pistol” in the song “Nobody Asks Me.” Once Great Big Family ends, you realize that Truckstop Honeymoon swept you along for the eventful, 14-song ride that is Mike West and Katie Euliss’s bizarre but charmed and entertaining life. –Jordan Shay
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