Autopsy IV is on his annual pilgrimage to strap a board to the bottom of his feet and slide down mountains. While he is away 9B will feature a collection of guest posts. Today’s post comes from our good buddy and regular contributor, Adam Fenwick.
Anyone thinking that Hill Country Revue’s first offering, Make A Move, was a fluke need only pick up their sophomore effort, Zebra Ranch, to find they were horribly mistaken.
Made up of new material and a few covers (including a smoking version of blues standard Going Down and The Rolling Stones’s Wild Horses), Zebra Ranch (which is named after the late Jim Dickinson’s home recording studio, where both Hill Country Revue albums were recorded) picks up right where Make A Move left off. With the same funkified guitars, rhythm and sound that made the first record so immensely fun, Hill Country Revue has, in this mans opinion, stepped to the top of funk/southern rock/blues heap.
While I love the North Mississippi Allstars (and I truly do), I really feel like Hill Country Revue has kicked N.M.A. to the proverbial curb (editor note: Autopsy IV agrees) and taken over the mantel as the better of the two bands (even though the bands share two members, Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew). If you like blues blended with funk and some old fashioned southern rock, pick up Hill Country Revue is your kind of band.
Like all good records, Zebra Ranch is best played loud. So pick it up, turn it up and rock until the cows (or zebras) come home. Yeah, I know that was lame. Just pick up the damn record. You won’t regret it.