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Best Country Band (Traditional) St. Louis 2012 - The Five and Dimers

The Five and Dimers bills itself as an "Americana" band, and if there's little arguing with that description, it's a little misleading — but in all the right ways. Directed by baritone singer and songwriter Matt Taul and propelled by fiddler Matt McGibany and guitarist Pete Klein, the band has all the classic twang elements, flush with banjo riffs and shuffles, and its debt to hard-shell acts like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle (before he took a hard left turn) is palpable. Stone-cold country songs like "The Whiskey Talking," "Restless Angel" and "Ten Miles to Tulsa" — all from the band's reliably tuneful 2011 release Quarter of a Tank — sound tailor-made for a sawdust-strewn dance floor, where the twin fiddles and close harmonies sing you all the way back home.

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