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The Thrillbillys Soundtrack (Planetary Records)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

Not since General Robert E. Lee road out of Richmond at the head of the Great Army of the Confederacy has there been better cause for a southern born soul to be proud with The Thrillbillys Soundtrack collecting some of the best bands to rise from the southern states in some time. An album that is a perfect mix of foot tapping country tinged tunes and high speed diesel powered rock'n'roll that stands head high in a class of its own. Walking point is Angry Johnny & the Killbillies haunting acoustic track "Last Rebellion" the I have to admit, I've been in love with since I first heard it on their web site. Along with another Killbillie's tune and an amped-up electric version of "Last Rebellion," the Drive by Truckers provide some of their Southern fried rock with the tracks "The Southern Thing" and the rambunctious "Steve McQueen," to speed up the energy waves of the album which peaks with Channel 43's "Golfcart Syndicate" that speeds out of your speakers like a runaway train. The rest of the album is filled out with great songs from the masterful likes of Kirk Rundstrom, Trailer Brides, The Shiners, Used Carlotta and Lancaster County Prison. Alone, this is a great album but I'm sure it will also act as a great back drop for a movie about a moon shiner's rampage of revenge. Find this album, ask for it at your favorite record store, go to the cross roads and make a dark deal if that's what it takes. It's all I can say. Rating A+.
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