Drawing inspiration from their home town of Nashville's time-honored
music, The Legendary Shack Shakers take traditional country,
bluegrass, and rockabilly and warp into something that surely
has Hank Williams Sr. spinning in his grave. Following
their acclaimed sophomore release - 2003's Cockadoodledon't
- The Legendary Shack Shakers recommence with more of their idiosyncratic
brand of cowpunk for a shit kickin' barnyard stomp.
Raunchy, disorderly and boisterous, Believe is chock full
of high energy tunes that dare you to stay seated. The Tennessee
quartet successfully blends the sounds of acoustic upright bass,
harmonica and fiddle with over-amplified vocals, hefty drums and
unruly electric guitar. The band borrows the psychobilly sound
of The Cramps on such ditties as "Cussin' In Tongues"
and "Bible Cyst". The group pumps adrenaline straight
into the heart of the Williamson/Dixon classic "Help
Me" with distorted vocals and bawdy guitar, while contradictorily
preserving the traditional harp licks. They again flirt with blues
on the octane fueled boogie woogie track "Fistwhistle Boogie".
Ironically, in the midst of the madness they make room for an
acoustic track. "The Pony To Bet On" is performed in
conventional backwoods style.
The Legendary Shack Shakers are difficult to slot into any category
as they touch on everything from country to blues with their own
perverse spin on orthodoxy. Not to be taken terribly serious,
Believe is a bit campy, sinfully entertaining and dreadfully
1. Agony Wagon
2. Creek Cats
3. Where's the Devil
4. Piss and Vinegar
5. County of Graves
6. All My Life to Kill
7. Cussin' in Tongues
8. Help Me
9. Bible Cyst
10. The Pony to Bet On
11. Fistwhistle Boogie
12. Misery Train
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