Judging from the stories behind latest album ‘Greetings From Austin’, The Don Diego Trio, along with invited guests to add their creative contributions, had a memorable experience when laying down the tracks for this new recording. The idea to invite other artists to contribute on ‘Greetings From Austin’ was borne out of a week in Austin, Texas, after The Don Diego Trio had received a nomination (the band’s second) for the Ameripolitan Awards. Therefore, with time on their side and rather than spend the week window-shopping, The Don Diego Trio decided to record a brand new record that would serve as a postcard of their time in Austin, Texas. With Mario Monterosso agreeing to produce the album, in addition to lending his vocals and guitar playing for the sessions, and therefore becoming an integral part of the band for that one week in Austin, The Don Diego Trio (or quartet if you like) really let go of the reins in order for the creativity to flow. The end result is thirteen tracks of honky tonk and rockabilly written and recorded in record time and one would never know it considering the quality on display here. Naturally a whole host of guest musicians helps, but full marks to all concerned in making the entire contents of this album because it certainly reigns supreme once the freight train boogie of ‘Daddy’s On A Freight Train’ comes rolling down the track with improvised clickety-clacks from vocalist Don Diego Geraci that signal the end of the song. The mood is buoyant during ‘Truck Drivin’ Daddy’, which possesses a definite whiff of Dale Watson’s earlier truckin’ tunes; ditto the band’s song ‘Monday’ that is even closer to the aforementioned Watson and therefore inspired decisions as both numbers are genuine rockin’ delights. There are several clues during ‘Greetings From Austin’ to suggest that the band certainly enjoyed themselves in the making of this record, where humour can be found in some of the song titles (‘Django From Twango’), not to mention rewording on various classics (‘I Didn’t Walk The Line’). The Don Diego Trio has created a snapshot of a memorable week in Austin, Texas, by way of album ‘Greetings From Austin’ that serves as both a tribute to the City, but also its musical heritage.