This is the first album I have reviewed thus far that I only own in download form.
This particular album is a thematically consistent collection. All the tracks tell tales of life down South, with a strong emphasis on the seedy and downtrodden. The trio of tracks about various crims dealing with a Sheriff of some renown (The Boys From Alabama, Cottonseed, and The Buford Stick all about Buford Pusser) are particularly captivating.
The band is happy to name-check prominent Southerners. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Sam Phillips all get a run.
This some wonderful hybrid of Springsteen and Earle in terms of story-weaving, with a sleazy, bar-room feel to the triple guitar backing. The vitriol on Puttin‘ People on the Moon would do either aforementioned artists proud:
The one ‘happy’ tune on here, about the joys of car-racing (Daddy’s Cup) almost gets me craving a steering wheel.
It is unforgivable that I am yet to catch these guys live.
File under: Dirty but Beautiful South