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Friday, December 23, 2005

Hoot ‘n’ Holler at the Devil

Posted by on December 23 at 16:55 PM

Hayseed Dixie think there’s not enough hillbilly in metal and not enough ass in bluegrass. So the Nashville, Tennessee band have engaged in musical miscegenation on A Hot Piece of Grass, their fourth album of shitkickin’, devil-horn-wavin’ action.

Previous albums paid tribute to AC/DC and Kiss and they've been known to cover songs by Joan Jett, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, and to segue from Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls” to Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom.” On A Hot Piece of Grass, the quartet convert Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog” and "Whole Lotta Love,” AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie,” Black Sabbath's "War Pigs,” Motrhead's "Ace of Spades,” and Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil” into fleet-fingered hoedowns with raunchy afterburners.

Sure, HD peddle somewhat goofy novelty music, but it'll definitely give hard-rock fans a new perspective on their beloved canon. And maybe HD will lure bluegrass followers to metal's dark side. But most will probably think A Hot Piece of Grass makes as much sense as slathering mustard on watermelon.