Billy Bob Thornton is not only a movie star; he's an Oscar-winning hyphenate actor-director-writer-musician. As a musician, Thornton isn't a gadfly. In his pre-celebrity years, he was part of numerous bands, including a ZZ Top cover act. Since he's become part of the Hollywood establishment, he's released four solo albums -- the last, Beautiful Door, came out last year.
Those albums are generally forgettable when they aren't achingly awful. Thornton's scratchy, twangy baritone might make him stand out in films, but on record it comes across as smug. That his backing band is playing unfocused, warmed-over '70s arena rock doesn't help matters either.
All of that makes The Boxmasters a doubly sweet surprise ...
Read the rest of the Flyer's take on Billy Bob Thornton's new album and his upcoming show at the Hi-Tone.