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No Cov­ers Cook­ing Vinyl

What do you do when you’ve ex­hausted all the comedic pos­si­bil­i­ties of play­ing hair metal songs in the style of a hill­billy hoe­down? Sim­ple: you write a bunch of your own shit­kickin’ songs about “drink­ing, cheat­ing, killing and hell”, and hope that some­one like Bon Jovi will cover one of them. Hay­seed Dixie’s boss hog, Bar­ley Scotch, aka John Wheeler, wrote th­ese songs while on tour with the band over the past year. Hence the Ap­palachian angst of Born to Die in France (ded­i­cated to Ca­mus, no less), and the an­i­mal collectivism of Don­keys in Morocco. Af­ter six al­bums of twang­ing acous­tic par­ody, the Hay­seed have brought out the heavy gui­tar ar­tillery for Bounc­ing Betty Boo­gie (in­spired by a type of land­mine), You’ve Got Me All Wrong, Baby and That’s It I Quit. Wheeler even ex­presses some very un-red­neck­like opin­ions on gun cul­ture, the war on ter­ror and the elec­tion cir­cus. www.hay­seed-dixie. com Down­load track: Bounc­ing Betty Boo­gie

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