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Chuck Eddy

By Chuck Eddy

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Southern hillbilly semi-metal that makes Drive-By Truckers sound like Hilary Duff.

Tough, tight, mean, brawny Louisiana hillbilly semi-metal with a singer who groans like Meat Loaf and three other guys with long, scraggly facial hair and floppy black turkey-shooting hats. Black Oak Arkansas swamp rhythm breaks down into sparkling Uriah Heep keyboard space; slow, spooky ballads stand out. "Shiner" seems to actually concern reptile wrestling, and "Blood Money" chronicles an offer of seven grand to land on your feet, only you have to kill your brother first. Lyrics intersperse gun-slinging with factories closing and banks foreclosing, and the guns are just a part of the economics of it all.