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It's Never to Late to Get Lucky

by The Last Call Girls

Rockin', heartbreak, honky-tonky, with a Cajun, Celtic twist.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. It's Never too Late to Get Lucky
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2. Do Right Woman
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3. Don't Want to Outlive that Man too Long
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4. You're No Good for Me
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5. Time to Burn
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6. You're a Stranger Now
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7. It Ain't the First Time
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8. Shady Grove
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9. Give Me
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10. Little Maggie
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11. Elvis Again
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12. I'll Be True
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13. Lonesome Is
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14. On the Mountain High
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the first album by eclectic honky-tonk band The Last Call Girls. It features original tunes by Nancy McCallion, former singer/songerwriter of The Mollys, named "one of the finest Americana songwriters..." by the Washington Post. The Call Girls are a high energy, honky-tonkin’ country dance band, playing a mix of rockabilly, traditional country, and bluegrass with a Cajun/Celtic twist. Songs range from rockers to waltzes, powered by twangy guitars, accordions, firey fiddle and penny whistle.

The Call Girls are fronted by Lisa and Nancy McCallion. Singing together since they were teenagers, their voices blend naturally in harmony, yet both are distinctive solo singers. Lisa on bass and Nancy on guitar are joined by fiddler and guitarist, Tom Rhodes and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Schramm, from the internationally touring act, The Mollys, along with Michael Joyal on drums.



PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 23, 2006:
Pick of the Week/The Tucson Weekly Arts and Entertainment
Never Too Late
By IRENE MESSINA


The Last Call Girls
If you are unfamiliar with the Tucson country dance band The Last Call Girls, you might wonder what the name refers to. Are we talking about last call at a bar--or something else?
Nancy McCallion--who fronts the band with her sister Lisa--doesn't provide an exact answer and says she likes the ambiguity of it. "It's a catchy name. It lets people know it's a woman's band."

Don't let that statement create any preconceived notions. This "woman's band" rocks with its high energy, honky-tonk, rockabilly music. Approaching their four-year anniversary in December, the band takes its roots from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Band members are songwriter McCallion on guitar, penny whistle, mouth organ and vocals; sister Lisa McCallion on bass and vocals; Kevin Schramm on guitar, dobro and accordions; Tom Rhodes on fiddle, guitar and mandolin; and Michael Joyal on drums.

McCallion says she has been in bands since she was 19. Before The Last Call Girls, she was the songwriter and vocalist for The Mollys--the "Celtic-Norteño-you-name-it folk-rock cult band" in existence from 1989 to 2003. After the Mollys, she released a self-titled CD in 2004.

The CD contains 14 tracks, mostly written by McCallion. A description of the bands' music is offered in their press release: "If you must categorize them, think love gone wrong and revenge gleefully taken ..."

McCallion's lyrics are stories in themselves--about love, yearning and heartbreak. "I listen to people's conversations a lot. They say things that I find catchy. I think in terms of characters and tell a story about them. ... I write about romance, relationships, things gone wrong. The emotion is universal. I find the situation that fits the emotion."

Emotion plays a strong part in McCallion's work, as she says she is drawn to gut-wrenching music. "I love to hear a story so sad that I cry. Maybe that's an Irish thing. I try to express that somehow."

And indeed she does. In "You're No Good for Me," McCallion says the song is about a woman who realizes that her man is not in love with her. And she doesn't want to admit that to herself:

You wake up, drink your coffee, read your paper and you start your

day

I'm like a fly buzzing all around, getting in the way

I try too hard, my jokes ain't funny, but they used to be

You give your best to everybody else

But you're no good for me.

There's an inherent sadness in McCallion's lyrics, as you feel the loneliness of this imaginary woman pining after a man whose attention is elsewhere.

Another lonely soul is the focus of "You're a Stranger Now":

My belongings are scattered all over the room

It's check in at midnight and check out at noon

I've had all the luck that my luck would allow

And you're a stranger now.

McCallion says the song is a recollection of her days on the road, checking into hotel rooms with loved ones becoming strangers miles away. She toured for seven years with The Mollys, going out six weeks at a time and then two weeks at home.

"I was on the road a long time. It's lonely on the road and a struggle to keep relationships going. It was a great life, but it had drawbacks."

Perhaps life on the road led her to write this lyric from "Lonesome Is." But even those who are homebound and blue can say amen to this:

Well lonesome ain't just a state of

mind

It's as real as sin and it ain't half as

kind.

McCallion says she tries to write in a style reminiscent of Hank Williams. With his songs, "you get that sense of universal frustrations and desires. I try to capture that. ... His songs are so simple and have a universal quality about them. He doesn't get fancy; he gets right to the point. 'Your Cheatin' Heart' is a great, simple expression of something universal."

With collective themes of love, heartbreak and loneliness flowing through her songs, McCallion also appreciates the universal value of music as art. "To me, good art is what makes us join together in a cosmic way. ... Art lifts us out of ourselves somehow."

With this thought, it seems appropriate that the Last Calls Girls' first CD is titled It's Never Too Late to Get Lucky. The woman depicted in the title track sits by herself holding the picture of a man lamenting that "the best odds I have are for dying." But in the next breath, she realizes "it's never too late to get lucky."

So even though McCallion's songs have a categorization of "love gone wrong," we'd be remiss if we didn't add the universal quality of hope to the mix. It's never too late for that.

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paul rowson

Worth the wait
My wife and I saw the Last Call Girls outside on the patio at the Cushing Street Bar in 2005...small crowd but a brilliant gig - no CD available at this point. Really enjoyed getting 'It's never too late to get lucky'. The standout track for me is'I'll be True - great production with fabulous accordion/violin break, beautifully balanced bass and drum lines(less is more) and lovely vocals and lyrics.
Hope you are on live somewhere in May this year when we're over from the UK
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The Tucson Citizen

A+ The Last Call Girls, a local band, has its first CD out and it is spectacular
Published: 11.30.2006
CD Review: The Last Call Girls
CORKY SIMPSON
Tucson Citizen

"It's Never Too Late to Get Lucky" (self-produced)
"Tucson's a good town for music," says Nancy McCallion, who sings - beautifully - in a group that's good for Tucson.
The Last Call Girls, a local band, has its first CD out and it is spectacular.
Nancy performs vocals with her sister-in-law, Lisa McCallion. Nancy also plays guitar and penny whistle, while Lisa doubles on bass. Kevin Schramm plays guitar, Dobro and accordion; Tom Rhodes fiddle, guitar and mandolin and Michael Joyal, drums.
"Kevin and I used to tour with the Mollys," Nancy says. "About four years ago we formed The Last Call Girls. Some of our songs are traditional country, but we also have a swing tune, a bluegrassy thing and a little rock.
"We're pretty eclectic," adds the Cholla High School and University of Arizona (class of '89) graduate.
The Girls have the kind of sound that invites you onto an old front porch on a summer evening to sit a spell and listen.
Nancy and Lisa McCallion have sung together since they were teenagers - and it shows. Their immense talents blend perfectly.
Nancy plays a haunting intro on the penny whistle on "Little Maggie," which has a tang of Irish music, and it shows the band's versatility.
This CD is a must, especially if you're a fan of country or folk.
Grade: A+
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j.eaton


Bravo! I have every cd that Nancy McCallion has been part of and "It's Never to Late to Get Lucky" is definatly a wonderful new chapter.
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OW

Love it
This CD makes me happy every time I listen to it. Some traditional songs, some Mollys songs,and some new songs- I like it all.
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