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Hillbilly Idol Import

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(2002/SLEWFOOT) 15 tracks / Rootsband mit einem kurzweiligen Programm von Honky Tonk, Hillbilly Swing und Bluegrass - last copies - nice price offer !

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Smack Dab In The Middle Of Love
No Time Like The Past
I Don't Think About You Anymore
She Didn't Even Know I Was Gone
Four Brothers
Hillbilly Polka
Late In The Day
Dixie Highway Home
Fingertips
Between Here And Heaven And Gone
No More To Lose
Radio Flyer
One Step Forward
Hurt Heart Broke
Sirocco

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Hillbilly Idol's follow-up to Town and Country proves an altogether tasty smorgasbord of rootsy country, honky-tonk, Western swing, and newgrass. Smart, without being smart-alecky--even on the novelty number "Hillbilly Polka," a song about a guy with a thing for a squeezebox girl--this Cleveland, Ohio, band thrills on such demanding instrumentals as "Four Brothers," and on steel player Al Moss's meaty, banjo-driven "Dixie Highway Home," destined to become a 'grassy classic. There's a surprise on almost every song, and versatility abounds, from the "spaghetti beach instrumental" of "Sirocco" to stylish covers of Tim O'Brien's "Late in the Day" and the Louvin Brothers' "She Didn't Even Know I Was Gone." Mix in some sophisticated humor and the fine duet vocals of founding members Dave Huddleston and Paul Kovac, and add some instrumental riffs that pay tribute to both country and rock influences, and you've got an album you'll be recommending to your friends and playing over and over again. Did they say Cleveland? Amazing. --Alanna Nash
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Slewfoot
  • ASIN: B000060OIH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recording in the shadow of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, this Cleveland quartet has created a fine album of honky-tonk music flavored with Swing, Zydeco, Tex-Mex and Bluegrass. Al Moss' pedal steel anchors a country sound whose nostalgic echoes will be familiar to fans of BR549, but without the stagey retro baggage. The group's harmonies call on the Everly and Louvin Brothers (the latter of whose "She Didn't Even Know I Was Gone" is covered here), and the band's original compositions mix easily with covers of jazz composer Jimmy Giuffre's "Four Brothers"(rearranged as a swingin' Speedy West/Jimmy Bryant-styled pick-fest) and Tim O'Brien's touching "Late in the Day."
The novel "Hillbilly Polka" cleverly mixes country swing and Cleveland's ethnic beat, with Jeff Pecon's piano accordion intertwining playfully with guitars and yodels to create a lively dance tune. The band moves easily from swing ("One Step Forward") to honky-tonk two-steps and banjo-led modern bluegrass such as "Dixie Highway Home," repleat with tight, multipart harmonies. Laurie Lewis adds her harmony to "Between Here and Heaven," and the band kicks up the tempo for a Buckaroos-styled instrumental, "Radio Flyer." The closing "Sirocco" weds western musical themes (by way of James Bond, perhaps) with the '60s instrumental twang of the Shadows and Ventures, and a modern twist of the Raybeats.
The Hillbilly Idols' very name spells the reverence they feel for their influences. They run through a wide variety of styles on this sophomore effort, with a mastery that frees them from slavish devotion. The resulting blend presents a sound that's the organic result of lifetimes spent listening to and playingmusic, rather than simply studying nostalgic sources.
3-1/2 stars, if Amazon allowed fractional reviews.
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