For those that are familiar with Hayseed Dixie's early tribute
records to bands like AC/DC and Kiss, there are very
few surprises that the band could throw
but on their last couple
releases, including the stellar Let There Be Rockgrass and
the brand new A Hot Piece Of Grass, the band widens the spectrum
of songs and pays bluegrass homage to an array of bands, rather than
focusing on the body of work of one heavy metal act. And on the new
record, after some ripping bluegrass versions of some classic rock
songs, the band launches into a set of original songs that prove that
Hayseed is more than just a novelty act or flash-in-the-pan. Starting
out with a ripping version of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"
and then launching into a blindingly energetic cover of Black Sabbath's
"War Pigs" is only the beginning for this album. There is
also a quality cover of Motorhead's "Ace OF Spades"
that would surely make Lemmy smile, while Billy Joe
and the boys would most likely be taken aback by the version of Green
Day's "Holiday"; or maybe they'd be excited by all the
political jargon thrown in for good measure. Van Halen's "Runnin'
With The Devil" is riotous with its mouth harp bouncing along
underneath some very fine fiddling. The band then takes a turn presenting
some fine original music
tunes like "Marijuana" and
"Corn Liquor" aren't exactly songs you'll be wanting to
play for Grandma, but they'll have you in stitches laughing, all the
while tapping your foot to an irresistible beat. This drunken hootenanny
ends with an odd version of the now classic "Dueling Banjos"
that really turns up the fire on the stove.
Whether or not you'll find yourself laughing out loud at most of
the cover songs, or just tapping your toe to the amazing playing
(especially on proving tracks like "Blind Beggar's Breakdown"),
you are sure to gain some enjoyment from Hayseed Dixie's latest.
It's good for smiling and dancing, both
Oh yeah, and drinking,
1. Black Dog
2. War Pigs
4. Ace Of Spades
5. Whole Lotta Love
6. Whole Lotta Rosie
7. Runnin' With The Devil
8. Blind Beggar Breakdown
9. Kirby Hill
10. Mountain Man
12. Corn Liquor
13. Moonshiner's Daughter
14. Dueling Banjos
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