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 Post subject: The Kentucky Headhunters: Dixie Lullabies
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:33 am 
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Label: Red Dirt Records
Released: 2011
Produced by: The Kentucky Headhunters, Wayd Battle and Richie Owens
Executive Producer: Ben Ewing

Personnel:
Richard Young: rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Doug Phelps: bass, lead vocals
Fred Young: drums
Greg Martin: lead guitar

Man this summer has flown by…can’t believe it’s been just about 2 months since the Headhunters blew into Woodstock. If I said I had meant to review this CD earlier, I’m sure no one would believe me right? Much less care 

I was intrigued about this album long before I heard it because Richard Young spoke of it so highly during our interview. Now I know every musician out there brags up their latest release as their “best ever,” but his enthusiasm was contagious. They did it all themselves, no label pressure, they just went in their little rehearsal space and let it fly.

This is actually the only full-length Headhunters album I’ve heard (the only other CD I have by them –so far- is the 1994 compilation Still Pickin’), so I don’t know how it compares to their previous releases. (Don’t be hatin’, yes I’m a late bloomer but I’m making up for lost time.) This pretty much strattles the line between Southern rock and country; although that line gets blurred in concert because just about everything they do sounds slammin’ in that environment. This CD is well-produced, nice and dry yet full; but doesn’t compare to how they deliver live, especially the drums. For the record, Richard and Doug split the vocals. For the most part, Doug takes the more country-leaning tracks, while Richard belts out the rockers.

1) Dixie Lullabies – Anybody remember the band The Four Horsemen? This one starts out a lot like their song “Nobody Said it Was Easy.” This is one of the tunes they did live, a fun little rocker about getting your rocks off and swinging from chandeliers and stuff. No, really 
2) Boones Farm Boogie – “La Grange” redux. That’s about the best description I can come up with. In a low drawl, Richard invites everyone to Strawberry Hill to get a bit…ah…altered.
3) Great Acoustics – This was released as a single from the album. If there were any justice, this would have been a country hit. A nice acoustic, slide-guitar tune with an interesting lyric. A girl listening to her man in rehearsal, singing about another woman. “There’s great acoustics in this room, they done went and told on you.” Hey, I can appreciate a well-written song. Actually believe it or not, kind of reminds me of Poison’s “Strange.” Here’s the video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmve1SHLoZU


4) Tumblin’ Roses – In our interview, Richard was particularly fond of this song, which was actually co-written by Black Stone Cherry drummer John Fred Young (Richard’s son, and nephew of Fred.) Nice slide guitar from Greg here. I could go on about the lyrical inspiration behind the song, but I’ll let Richard tell you himself. This is an EPK to the album (there must be a deluxe edition because mine didn’t have this, but I ain’t complainin’ ) The whole thing’s worth watching but go to around 5:20 for the “…Roses” bit… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXAVX-YZbhQ
5) Les Paul Standard – Not the rocker you might think it is, but a good tune. A little narrative about a good ol’ boy finally getting the girl because she can’t resist the sound of his guitar. My wife pointed out to me that it sounds a little bit like “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks, but I didn’t hold that against her. ;-)
6) In a Perfect World – Not one of my favourites here, a heartfelt plea for peace. Nothing wrong with the sentiment, I’m just not crazy about this one. A children’s chorus features on parts of the song.
7) Roll on Little Pretty – Here’s another tune that would probably be a country hit if it were recorded by a younger, “prettier” artist. Doug belts it out on the chorus.
8 ) Sugar Daddy – Ok, I don’t care how much of a metalhead you are, you have to admit this is a damn catchy little tune. I don’t know if you’d call this a bluegrass shuffle or not, sure are some tasty guitar licks here. I love how this song ends; well actually it doesn’t really end, Fred just keeps on drumming. Gives it a real live, jammy feel. I wish they’d done this one when I saw them, this could get a crowd singing along very easily.
9) Just Another Night – Here’s a cool tune that reads like a page from the Headhunters lives. Pretty self-explanatory lyrics about playing down the road at a little bar where “it’s one of those nights where anything goes.” Some organ on this one is a nice touch too.
10) Little Miss Blues Breaker – …and speaking of songs I wish they’d done at the Woodstock concert, this is the Headhunters sound I really dig. This song kicks ass, plain and simple and would have crushed live. Very reminiscent of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” some flanged vocals from Richard on this one. Big, fat, simple riffs and wide open drums drive this song from start to finish.
11) Little Angel – Not one of my favourites, this one’s ok. Kind of a laid back tune about admiring the acrobatics of an exotic dancer. This song’s also note-worthy for having been co-written by former Headhunter Anthony Kenney.
12) Just Believe – Most of the songs Doug Phelps sing lean towards the country side of KH, but this one’s a 60s-sounding rocker (kind of Byrds-ish to my ears) about faith.
13) Ain’t That a Shame – Another bluesy rocker, that chorus is almost a little too close for comfort to the Fats Domino classic (also redone by Cheap Trick) of the same name.
14) Recollection Blues – A nice, slow blues tune closes things out. Richard’s vocal sounds pained but not overdramatic. If you’re into Led Zeppelin’s late 70s blues tunes like “Tea For One” and “I’m Gonna Crawl,” you’ll appreciate this song.

It might be a pipe dream, because in this day and age artists who debut on Billboard at #1 don’t even sell enough to go gold anymore, but it would be really cool if more folks would check this CD out.

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 Post subject: Re: The Kentucky Headhunters: Dixie Lullabies
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:44 am 
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I'll try to remember to put this on my list. It's a shame there are so many established acts that are still putting out quality product, yet nobody is purchasing their music. Reminds me of Night Ranger's last one, Somewhere In California. It's rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Everybody that's heard it loves it, but it isn't going to get played or sell well. Come to think of it, there are an awful lot of albums I can think of in the last few years that I think fit that bill as well. Great review.

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 Post subject: Re: The Kentucky Headhunters: Dixie Lullabies
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:40 am 
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Right on man...let me know what you think of it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Kentucky Headhunters: Dixie Lullabies
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:39 pm 
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Great review... :tup

The only disc of theirs I have is "Rave On" ('93)... It's pretty good stuff that hits all the marks from the Outlaws through Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins and Blackfoot all the way into the realm of Molly Hatchet.

I'll tell you what... I'll buy this one if you buy that one. Deal?


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PS ~ Boone's Farm is some nasty shit. :x :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:28 pm 
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RockHard wrote:
Great review... :tup

The only disc of theirs I have is "Rave On" ('93)... It's pretty good stuff that hits all the marks from the Outlaws through Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins and Blackfoot all the way into the realm of Molly Hatchet.

I'll tell you what... I'll buy this one if you buy that one. Deal?


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PS ~ Boone's Farm is some nasty shit. :x :lol:



Deal...eventually...(stupid vehicles :( ) I think that's the only one of their discs that Mark Orr sang on, he had quite a different sound than the Phelps brothers. Three songs from that one are on Still Pickin,' "Honky Tonk Walkin,'" "Dixie Fried," and "Redneck Girl."

What I'd really like to get is one of their 1st two albums on vinyl (ebay has them both) to display at work, and to get the boys to sign the next time they roll through.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Alright. Just let me know when you're able to pick up a copy...

Good luck with the ride, dude. Car trouble can be a bitch. :B

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"I think you'd better ask yourself... before you criticize me...
Are you a victim of the System... or the Powers-That-Be?
If there was nothing to gain... would you do it for free?"

~ Sammy Hagar


"I was glad to come... I'll be sad to go... So while I'm here... I'll have me a real good time..."
~ Rod Stewart (The Faces)


"The earth can shake... The sky come down... The mountains all... fall to the ground...
But I will fear... none of these things... Shelter me, Lord... underneath your wings..."

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