On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters
Release Date 4th November 2016
Heading out on a musical Safari we join The Kentucky Headhunters fun on their twelfth album. A band that for nearly fifty years have entertained with their distinctive interpretation of Rock n’Roll. It is a blending that creates a perfect musical palette that explores Blues, Southern rock, Country rock and good old honk tonk good time foot stomping delights. Every Safari has the big Five that we all want to see in the case of The Kentucky Headhunters the Five Sounds we want to hear. They definitely capture the five and so much more. Yes, we hear Rock, Blues the stand out Vocals of Doug Phelps, Greg Martins Guitar and the Bedrock Rhythm section of the Young brother’s Fred & Richard.
There is much to say about the band from the origins of the Itchy Brothers, family ties and relationships to Fred Young, drummer in Black Stone but this is a review of the dozen songs that are taking us On Safari.
Opening with Beaver Creek Mansion the Southern/Country Rock tone is laid down with the shuffle of the drums, squeal of the guitar and the cadence of Doug’s vocals. It is the hot steaming good-time beat we love that fills every corner of the room as they spell out the words to a beat that is simply infectious. The Blues are strong throughout the album sometimes nudging the shape and other tracks it is brought to the fore as with Deep South Country Blues, wow country blues that shapes and paints a picture that is hot and steaming down by a bayou. Two other tracks have blues in the title Lowdown Memphis Town Blues with an African undertow in the drumming and the lilting more urban controlled tempo that washes over you like blues satin. The third the saved the best till later on in the album is Jukebox Full Of Blues, this is good time dancing blues with the juke joint honky-tonk delight no one can listen to this and not tap their feet, drum their fingers most it will be a pointless resistance to get up and dance with their rocking shoes!
On Safari, is a jukebox of sounds that never crash and burn, they all fit into the album, I am The Hunter stretches out beyond the south with rock that churns up the blues and creates a track of epic proportions and audiences will love to chant back I am The Hunter as there is a certainty in a higher light music that weaves itself into your soul and spreads throughout your consciousness. The album then throws in a ballad Crazy Jim more country than blues or Rock and the grizzled vocals and guitar that answers the words makes Crazy Jim full of charmed interest. Change of beat Rainbow Shine is the moment when we sit back, relax and take a look at life quietly we all need a moment to breathe when on Safari.
Closing with electric, fast-moving jaunty Governor’s Cup this instrumental leaves you feeling that this is a Safari you will repeat again and again in the certainty that the album will lift the spirit and make you smile.
Why the Title On Safari? The music is taken from the inspiration gained on their first time trip overseas. Pushed out of their comfort zone by Richard’s son John Fred Young they traveled to Europe. The result is music that sparkles with the excitement of traveling and being On Safari. Band members/brothers Richard and Fred Young poignantly lost their father just three days before heading into the studio to record the album, which they have dedicated in his memory.
NINE doodle paws out of TEN ….
- Beaver Creek Mansion
- Deep South Blues Again
- I Am The HUnter
- Caught In A Dream
- Crazy Jim
- Big Time
- Lowdown Memphis Blues
- Rainbow Shine
- Way Down Yonder
- Jukebox Full Of Blues
- God Loves A Rolling Stone
- Govenor’s Cup