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Published: 2004/12/01
by Matt Brockett

Believe – Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers

Yep Roc Records 2079

When Colonel J.D. Wilkes screams "I'm full of piss and vinegar, oozing through my jugular vein," there is no doubt in the mind of the listener that this man speaks the truth. Th' Legendary Shack Shakers' Yep Roc Records debut, Believe, packs a rockabilly punch that has been sorely missed in American music as of late. Pioneers of the genre like the Reverend Horton Heat never seem to get as much attention as they deserve, and hopefully the Shakers will be able to shatter that trend.

Th' Legendary Shack Shakers comfortably jump from rock, to country, to polka to old-timey Americana, never losing an ounce of intensity along the way. The wickedly creative song titles on Believe help to give an idea of the band’s no bullshit attitude. "Where’s The Devil When You Need Him?" is reminiscent of Bone Machine-era Tom Waits with a little more juice behind it. "Cussin’ In Tongues" showcases the wacky storytelling side of the Shakers and "Fistwhistle Boogie" is what harmonica boogie woogie is all about.

With creative vocals that range from straight-up country waltz crooning ("The Pony To Bet On") to demonic punk screaming ("Help Me"), and a rockin' bouncy, booze soaked roadhouse sound, The Shakers are bound to drum up quite a following. The energy that pours out of Believe leaves no doubt that the Shakers’ live show is a force to be reckoned with, and with their seemingly endless tour schedule they will likely be shaking a shack near you real soon.

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