The Kentucky Headhunters, Soul

Kandia Crazy Horse

By Kandia Crazy Horse

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Usually identified with the Nashville mainstream despite lack of significant airplay since 1990, the Headhunters, fronted by Doug Phelps, actually purvey a more distinctive mix of country-rock and boogie, their 1989 hit "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine" presaging the more mainstream trend toward same (as embodied by Travis Tritt's early oeuvre). Before Brooks & Dunn's Red Dirt Road and Big & Rich's current movements, Soul was the best "new country" or "alt-country" album in years, invoking the rockabilly heyday of collaborator/muse Carl Perkins, Tejano flourishes, and the Muscle Shoals blue-eyed soul of Alabama native sons Eddie Hinton (a cover of "I Still Wanna Be Your Man" features Richard Young on vocals) and Bobby Whitlock. Truly some of the finest country-soul balladry since the '60s golden era.