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The Legendary Shack Shakers
Believe
Yep Roc Records
www.cockadoodledont.com


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 amusing.

-Tony Engelhart

Track Listing:

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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