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Not all of these records are better than A Bigger Bang. But none of them have any shitty Keith songs, and all of them have tracks that’d sound really great surrounding “Rough Justice” or “Oh No Not You Again” or “Laughing I Nearly Died” or “Look What the Cat Dragged In” on the radio, though don’t hold your breath. The Mighty Jeremiahs do better religion songs than Brooks & Dunn or Shaver. Brooks & Dunn and Shaver do better slow songs than Chris Cagle. But the real battle might be between
fake bands: Ricky and the Red Streaks (in a B&D song) and Slim Chance and the Can’t Hardly Playboys (in a Shaver song). The latter definitely have the best verse: “They’ve got a new song out on Polish records/It’ll be a Polish hit real soon.” That’s Polish as in Lemon Pledge, not polka. And Polish hit as in pile o’ shit.


AMERICAN MINOR

The Buffalo Creek EP

(Jive/Zomba hard rock EP)

Stream “Walk On

Stream “Movin’ On Up” (Windows Media Player)


BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Deuce

(Spitfire post-glam hard rock album)

Stream “Never

Stream “The Unknown” (Windows Media Player)


BROOKS & DUNN

Hillbilly Deluxe

(Arista Nashville country-rock album)

Stream “Just Another Neon Night

Stream “I May Never Get Over You” (Windows Media Player)


JUNIOR BROWN

The Austin Experience: Recorded Live at the Continental Club

(Telarc surf-hula-corrido-jazz-blues country-rock album)

Stream “Juan Charasquado

Stream “Hillbilly Hula Gal” (Windows Media Player)


CHRIS CAGLE

Anywhere but Here

(EMI/Capitol country-rock album)


MAZEY GARDENS & THE BRICK HIT HOUSE BAND

“Callin’ In Dead”

(Ambassador/Rudyland seven-inch vinyl fake-reissue retro-country single)

Download “Callin In Dead” (MP3)


THE MIGHTY JEREMIAHS

The Mighty Jeremiahs

(Paradigm Shift/Ear X-tacy heavy country-gospel-boogie album)

Stream “Judgement Day

Stream “Walk With Me Jesus” (Windows Media)


THE RIBEYE BROTHERS

Bar Ballads and Cautionary Tales

(Times Beach meat-and-potatoes garage-punk album)

Download “We Became Snakes

Download “Find Yer Own” (MP3)


ROSETTA WEST

Illumination

(rosettawest@aol.com hard-assed boogie album)

Download “The Flag

Download “Children” (MP3)


BILLY JOE SHAVER

The Real Deal

(Compadre country-rock album)

Stream “There’s No Fool Like an Old Fool

Stream “Livin’ a Lovin’ Lie” (Windows Media)


THE TOMATOES

The Rise and Fall of the Tomatoes

(Revolution Blues Music meat-and-tomatoes hard rock album)

Stream “She Wore A Yellow Gas Mask

Stream “Chicago” (RealAudio)

THE TOMBSTONES

Twang From the Grave

(Saustex Media ’80s–’90s gothabilly reissue)

Download “Dark As A Dungeon“(MP3)

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