Name-checking his close-knit touring group in the title, this album reflects Earle's live set-up these days, a set of roots-folk-country-rock that gets back to his core music. This is his first disc he's done with just the Dukes (and Duchesses), and comes directly from their hard-touring schedule of the past few years. There's the acoustic weariness of the title cut, a view of the more desperate times in the U.S. via the road. Calico County takes the opposite approach, a guitar rocker from a rough redneck's life, "Friday night dogfight suckin' on a meth pipe". Earle's characters aren't pretty, because a lot of what he sees isn't.Small towns have changed, and not for the better. One guy's so rattled by this, he's "thinkin' 'bout burnin' the Walmart down." There's a rollicking New Orleans number, pure defiance from that beleaguered city: "Gonna spoil my day/Give it your best shot/Another hurricane?/That all you got?" The band really cooks on the very old-fashioned Love's Gonna Blow My Way, a parlour jazz number with old-time fiddle from Eleanor Whitmore. For those Treme fans, those numbers and another New Orleans one, After Mardi Gras, are all from the TV series in which Earle stars.