Thursday, 4 September 2014

Nashville Outlaws (A Tribute To Motley Crue)

Twang Rock

As I've said before, some of the finest rock music is current Country rock, so you can imagine my positive expectations of this 'Nashville' tribute to Motley Crue, a band I don't really know that much about musically. I'd say that expectation is met half way by this collection which is overall simply sound rollicking rock fun, with twang. The two spunkiest rock numbers are in fact delivered by the ladies: the often exquisite LeeAnn Rimes who delivers a scorching version of Smokin' In The Boys Room [with far-out trombone accompaniment, and some slide], and Gretchen Wilson on Wild Side, though Gretchen usually belts it out anyway. The other distinctive cover is by The Mavericks and their Peter Gunn guitar version of Dr Feelgood. And we'll take our cue from that track to summarise this covers excursion: it is feel-good heavy Country fare. Beware that some is just Country, like Justin Moore's Home Sweet Home; but then there is the modern outlaw bombast of Brantley Gilbert's Girls Girls Girls.

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