Southern Culture on the Skids, Doublewide and Live

Erick Zeidenberg

By Erick Zeidenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
SCOTS rocks on this incindiery live set.

Recorded during a two-night hometown stand at the legendary Local 506 club, Doublewide and Live showcases Chapel Hill's Southern Culture on the Skids in all of their swamp-stomp, southern-fried glory. Starting with the down-home swing of "Come and Get It" and continuing through the rest of the album, Doublewide and Live does an impeccable job of capturing the quirky trailer-park humor and crackling energy that comprise the live SCOTS experience. It's a difficult task to pick a highlight of this collection because each song demands that you get your ass off the couch immediately. So maybe your fave will be the slinky swagger of "Mojo Box," or if you're ready to fall in love (or at least deep infatuation) with the big-wigged chanteuse Mary Huff, you'll go for "Hittin 'on Nothin'" and wish you were the person she's blowing off. Perhaps you have room in your life for a new guitar god to pay tribute to — if that's the case, the surfed-out amphetamine of "The Wet Spot" will leave you gaping in awe at the guitar skills of Rick Miller. Taking the party into overdrive is the title track "Doublewide," a paean to leaving one's drudgery for the open highway and clear blue skies. Doublewide and Live is a vivid snapshot that captures the garage-y exuberance of Southern Culture on the Skids.