Friday, January 6, 2017

Plowboy Records artists: The Kentucky Headhunters - On Safari - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, On Safari, from The Kentucky Headhunters and it's a real ass kicker. The release opens with Beaver Creek Mansion, a contemporary country rocker with fat slide work by Greg Martin with healthy rhythm guitar from Richard Young, bass by Doug Phelps and drums by Fred K. Young. Deep South Blues Again is a sweaty blues rocker with a driving bass line and great lead vocals. These guys know good guitar tone and use it to their advantage, getting their guitars singing like chainsaws. Very cool. I Am The Hunter has great swagger and sting with powerful riffs and beefy drums. Caught In A Dream is a straight up rocker which should capture a bit of airplay. With warm harmonies and super key work from Kevin McKendree, this track is tight. One of my personal favorites on the release, Crazy Jim, has a taste of Curtis Mayfield which is really nice. Delivered as a country ballad, this soul based track is really solid and nicely elevated by the raw vocals, power bass riffs and organ work by McKendree. Solid radio track, Lowdown Memphis Town Blues, hits it square up the middle with a catchy melody, nice harmonies and crisp guitar overtones. Another powerhouse, Way Down Yonder, has a a heavy foot print and soaring guitar riffs. With the passion of the original southern rockers, this track grinds. Changing over to New Orleans style blues, Jukebox Full Of Blues, Greg Martin really hits the slide and McKendree's piano work is excellent! Rock on! Wrapping the release is Governor's Cup, a strolling instrumental in what I'd call Chet Atkins style. Clean, cool and articulate, a swell closer.

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