The Kentucky HeadHunters - Dixie Lullabies (Red Dirt Music Company)
Release Date: October 18, 2011
by Julie Watson
If you know you’re a fan of southern rock, stop reading now. Go buy the CD. You’ll love it. If you’re not so sure, put down your Chardonnay, put away your preconceived notions, and pick up your six pack; let’s get in touch with your inner Skynyrd. This music is fun, pure and simple, and everyone’s life needs more of that.
You may remember the HeadHunters
, brothers Richard and Fred Young, their cousin Greg Martin, and Doug Phelps, from their chart-busting 1989 release Pickin’ On Nashville.
Years have passed, but good music is still good music. This CD’s 14 original tracks prove these Kentucky boys still know how to rock, country rock that is, with hints of blues, Zeppelin and Bakersfield.
It’s ZZ Top meets Molly Hatchet in “Boones Farm Boogie”, a swampy ode to the virtues of cheap wine and easy living, with a driving bass, wailing guitar and R. Young’s growling vocals. “Great Acoustics” features Phelp’s smooth country-tinged voice and guest Richie Owen’s lovely mandolin. “Tumbling Roses” is country Stones, while the clever, danceable “Les Paul Standard” sings the praises of the guitar sideman and his “instrument”, and “Just Believe” delves into questions of faith. This CD is like a perfect summer day on the lake, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.