They write murder ballads. They write stories of redemption and songs of persecution with haunting biblical overtones. They use the native instrumentation of American music: drums, guitar, lap-steel and upright bass. They draw upon musical traditions of this country from the earliest of country and blues through the birth of rockabilly to the rock and roll of contemporary revivalists. They are not, however, aping musical genres. Somehow they've happened upon a means of expression that draws upon all the unique musical heritage of America. Of course, when it comes down to it, Shortstack is simply four young men who play their own music honestly and well. Perhaps what makes it all so authentic is their lack of stylistic striving. They seem to have chanced upon this vein of painful truth.