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Possum Kingdom Ramblers by Possum Kingdom Ramblers (2015)

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Possum Kingdom Ramblers
by Possum Kingdom Ramblers
Genterine Records, 2015
22 minutes

Bambi Lynn and Ricky Zero from Radio Cult join forces with Buddy Finethy, Jas Ingram, and Timothy Price to form an entertaining bluegrass album complete with original compositions and interesting cover songs. The self-titled album begins with Ingram’s “When I First Found You,” a story of love at first sight. The next track is a cover of the Blue Öyster Cult classic, “Godzilla.” It’s a kooky cover of a hard rock classic that is just as fun as the original. Listeners may get hungry listening to the album, as the group sings about “Sweet Ice Cream,” “Bar-B-Que” (a Paul Williams cover), and “A Piece of Possum Pie.” There is also a version of Linda Laurie’s theme song for Sid ad Marty Krofft’s Land of the Lost, with an original lead-in, “Sleestak Prelude In A.” Zero and Lynn even get to cover their other band, Radio Cult, with “Saturday Midnight Double Feature,” from RC’s 2011 Never Enough release.

Bass guitarist Zero writes that he and Lynn have been involved with this band for about a year, and says, “This one was a lot of fun!” Not only was it fun for them to record, it’s fun for the listener to hear. My only complaint is the length of the release, only 22 minutes long, but at only $6 it’s difficult to complain too loudly. It just leaves me wanting more!

Watch the video for “Godzilla” below:

Tracklist:
1.When I First Found You
2.Godzilla
3.Sweet Ice Cream
4.Sleestak Prelude in A
5.Land of the Lost
6.That Cat
7.Bar-B-Que
8.Saturday Midnight Double Feature
9.A Piece of Possum Pie

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Farm Machine by Steve ‘N’ Seagulls (2015)

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Steve ‘N’ Seaulls
Farm Machine
Spinefarm Records, 2015
50 minutes

Covers albums are generally a bad idea. Poison, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses have all tried and failed, and Metallica’s Garage Inc. is an overrated collection with just a couple of gems. But when a band is able to translate a song from one genre into another, and the song comes out just as powerful as the original, that is when covers albums are great.

That is exactly what happens on Farm Machine by Steve ‘N’ Seagulls. The five-piece bluegrass group performs renditions of hard rock classics by Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC, hillbillyfying them and blowing the listener away. This heavy metal hoedown is a perfect mix of passion and power, displaying both the timeless nature of the song and the talent of Steve ‘N’ Seagulls.

My personal favorite here is “Holy Diver,” a song originally recorded by the late Ronnie James Dio. We are approaching the five-year anniversary of the singer’s death, yet this song, which was released in 1983, sounds just as fantastic today as it did when first released, even in a different genre. Of all the cover versions of this song out there, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ entry is by far my favorite.

Watch the band perform Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” below:

Tracklisting:
1. Grand Opening
2. Black Dog
3. Thunderstruck
4. The Trooper
5. Ich Will
6. Paradise City
7. Nothing Else Matters
8. Over The Hills And Far Away
9. Seek And Destroy
10. Holy Diver
11. Run To The Hills
12. You Shook Me All Night Long
13. Cemetery Gates

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Old Crow Medicine Show – Carry Me Back (2012)

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Old Crow Medicine Show
Carry me Back
ATO Records, 2012
37 minutes

The latest offering from bluegrass outfit Old Crow Medicine Show is a continuation of their already established success: strong songwriting and masterful musicianship. One would be hard-pressed to identify a weak track on this album, as each is played with equal parts precision and passion. It is just as difficult to identify the standouts for the same reason. Those more inclined to stomp their feet might enjoy “Bootlegger’s Boy” or “Mississippi Saturday Night,” but the slower-paced “Ain’t It Enough” is every bit as good. The band fools me every time I listen to “Country Gal,” as I want to start singing the Hank Williams classic “Hey Good Lookin'” during the chorus. Carry Me Back is a fine choice for any bluegrass or old-time country and western music fan.

Tracklist:
1. Carry Me Back To Virginia
2. We Don’t Grow Tobacco
3. Levi
4. Bootlegger’s Boy
5. Ain’t It Enough
6. Mississippi Saturday Night
7. Steppin’ Out
8. Genevieve
9. Country Gal
10. Half Mile Down
11. Sewanee Mountain Catfight
12. Ways Of Man

Watch OCMS performing “Mississippi Saturday Night” at a radio station studio:

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R.I.P. Doc Watson

(March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012)

R.I.P. Doug Dillard

(March 6, 1937 – May 16, 2012)

Banjo player for the bluegrass band The Dillards, Doug also played in the fictional band The Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show.

R.I.P. Earl Scruggs

(January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012)

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