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HELLBOUND GLORY – OLD HIGHS AND NEW LOWS


Hellbound Glory.

I’ll be honest with y’all. I’ve seen their name around the internets and received numerous suggestions to check ’em out over the past year or so but the band’s name coupled with the album title of Scumbag Country and song titles like “Mickey Meth” I just blew them off as a novelty band at best and raper of the southern image at worst. In other words, I never listened to them and had no real intentions of ever doing so.

Then, somewhere on the way to never, I came across a mention of the band earlier this month by Triggerman (of Saving Country Music), a blogger who’s opinion I don’t always agree with but I do always respect. With that, I begrudgingly decided that this was a band I should at least give an obligatory listen to…

Hellbound Glory comes to us out of Reno (how appropriate), Nevada. The band’s bio has all the appropriate outlaw, cash, haggard, Coe references while their songs round up all the drug, booze and heartache that one would add to the pot when cooking up a new “outlaw” country album.

If it sounds like I’m not completely convinced of the image Hellbound Glory is putting forth, it’s because, in truth, I’m not wholly convinced it isn’t contrived or at least pushed to complete hyperbole. That said, I am convinced that 95% of the songs on Old Highs and New Lows are fantastic….even when they tread well worn ground. Musically these guys do a great job of making that classic country sound you’re used to hearing come out of your old man’s truck radio while being lyrically focusing on the bingeing and drugging of the modern “outlaw” country movement. In a pitch you could call these guys the “rock bottom” version of Whitey Morgan and the 78’s.

Old Highs and New Lows is well worth checking out as is Hellbound Glory. I only hope that as time wears on they start to expand lyrically less they end up travelling the same “been there heard that” road III is currently on.

Hellbound Glory - Why Take The Pain     

Hellbound Glory - Gettin' High and Hittin' New Lows     

Hellbound Glory - Slow Suicide     

Hellbound Glory’s Official Site, Hellbound Glory on myspace, Buy Old Highs and New Lows

1 Comment

  1. August 26, 2010    

    Thanks for the shoutout Autopsy, and I completely understand what you’re saying. When I first heard them I felt the same way: well-worn ground. But the songs are so much more. Most of that ground has been worn out by hacks aping Hank III. Hellbound comes with their own approach. Recently Leroy Virgil said in an interview that with this album he purposely put his songs about drugs and drinking together, and since then I’ve heard a few of his new songs. I can say with confidence that they have something more than your average “outlaw” country drug band.

    I hope the overdrug era of underground country is coming to a close, with the copycats holding their own cocks. But my guess is years from now we will still look back and see this and III’s Straight to Hell as standouts in an era that turned out to be pretty transparent.

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