• Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys fit in with the "alternative country" scene only to the extent that they're playing stuff no one looking for country & western airplay is going to bother with these days -- this isn't country-rock, this is old-school honky tonk music served straight up, with no chaser.

    — Allmusic.com
  • Solid songwriting and music seemingly recorded in one take, around one microphone. This is what country used to sound like, and what, God willing, it always will.

    — Tablet
  • They don't call them the Misery Boys for nothing. Rough emotions are delivered with subtle flair on songs that are as painful as they are cathartic

    — Music Pitch
  • In the sure hands of seasoned troubadour like Rex Hobart, the well-trod themes of cheating, drinking and insanity sound fresh... [they] swirl in the mind like a warm glass of whiskey -- straight, no chaser.

    — Denver Westword
Kansas City, MO

Let's face it, Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys are too good for their own good, too out of step to get in step, and too country to be country.

As a lyricist, Rex Hobart has proven to be well schooled by the masters: Paycheck, Silverstein, Haggard and Kristofferson. Supporting Rex's tales are the Misery Boys, a band tighter than George Jones during a riding mower getaway chase. Lead guitar player J.B. Morris bends the strings of his Telecaster as adeptly as any Nashville session player, but with the lived-in pathos of a man thrice his age; pedal steel and Dobro wunderkind Solomon Hofer alternately makes the guitar gently weep on the ballads or fuel-injects the rig on the honky-tonk rockers, and drummer T.C. Dobbs and bassist Blackjack Snow drive it all home like they just got sprung from jail.

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