Written for X-Press Magazine
It’s a little country, a little rock and a whole lot of tobacco spitting, foot stomping and toe twisting guitar licking tunes. Released only a few weeks ago, All Hat and No Cattle follow from The Dead Peasants 2012 debut album and continues Chris Shiflett’s love for the rockabilly rhythms.
Renowned for his heavy rock guitar work with the Foo Fighters, Shiflett also leads a country side project. Inspired by artists like Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens and Don Rich, the album is the reverse from their debut featuring nine classic covers from such artists instead of predominantly originals.
The record starts slow and steady, introducing the country-rock sounds of Don Rich’s Guitar Pickin’ Man and then moves its way to the honky-tonk vibrations defined by a range of rockabilly musicians, giving it’s listeners a bubbly and feel good let’s get up groove album.
Without straying too much from the original version of the songs, Shiflett’s voice blends well with the guitar tones and together the band sounds tight, producing a much fuller and fresher sound of the late 1950’s era whilst still incorporating Shiflett’s famous punk rock drive.
A Women Like You, the only original track is sharply written and draws inspiration from the musical styles throughout the record, complementing the overall sound and leaving you intrigued. Faron Young’s vintage Live Fast Love Hard Die Young really shows off the vibrant guitar work by Shiflett and Luke Tierney only adding to the upbeat and funky vibe. Bursting with flavour, these raw recordings will most certainly wear your boots down.