The Chicago-based Utah Carol may take their name from an old Marty Robbins tune, but the alt-country band's most obvious musical precedent is the Velvets-meets-Patsy Cline sound of the Cowboy Junkies, who've made a career out of the kind of seductively languorous music featured on "Come Back Baby." But this is one of those instances where being derivative doesn't matter. Taken from the band's forthcoming "Rodeo Queen" album, the song does a wonderful job of nailing the hazy, high-and-lonesome vibe it's shooting for. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go pour myself a whiskey, take a seat on the porch and watch the sun sink slowly into the horizon.
-- David Marchese