I remember The Kentucky HeadHunters from twenty some odd years back, but remembered them as one of the better country bands of the time, then they were gone.
After hearing “Dixie Lullabies” I was forced to go back and listen to their music and read up on them a bit. What I discovered was that The Kentucky HeadHunters were so much more than a country band.
They had, in fact, started things out way back in 1968 as the Itchy Brothers as the only rock band in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. There music today is a blend of the English blues-rock they used to listen too back in those days and the country music, all of it, bluegrass, country-rock, it’s all there on this record but in hybrid form.
The title track, “Dixie Lullabies”, begins this incredibly entertaining collection of fourteen tunes that sound as if the worlds of blues, country, and rock ‘n roll were all wurling around each other in space, until one fine day these three worlds collided to create this honky-tonk blues we are turned on too here.
Song after song the listener is bombarded with blues slide guitar, sometimes accompanied by wailing pedal-steel in the background adding the country flavor. As I listened to the record I became more and more entranced with this unique flavor of roots or alternative country or what ever you’d like to call it.
Again, as I say so often when it comes to writing about this type of music; Rather than labeling it as ‘alt’ anything, I prefer to simply call it “damn good music”!
One thing is for damn sure; when you purchase this record your are going to wear it out and get worn out in the process. It will get you up out of the easy-chair and have you scootin’ around the house or the dance floor. If you’re driving, your guaranteed to not fall asleep at the wheel!
“Dixie” Lullabies” is absolutely "From Under the Basement" material and will be heard frequently on my radio program. You do not want to miss this one! ‘Rebel’ Rod says check it out!