Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Hillbilly Soul Surfers - Hot Damn BoBodotdotdot
artworkOverall, not much surf on this CD. The playing is competent, and the sound is good. Where the Halibuts, the Tiki Tones, or Los Straitjackets carry off the tongue-in-cheek humor, these guys don't seem to. Some interesting tracks, a couple of great tracks, and a bunch of never-minds.
Picks: Maelstrom, Cha-Wow-Wow, Hillbilly Pipeline, Soul Penetration, Scooter Trash, Beyond The Reef, The Munsters, Country Polka, Mo-Hair, Scratchin' n' Twistin', Hawaii Tattoo, Bien Tranquillo, Miserlou, Renegade, Wild Kingdom

Track by Track Review

Maelstrom dotdot
Surf Rockabilly Ska (Instrumental)

A bit of ska and a basic rockabilly theme just don't hold my interest.

Cha-Wow-Wow dotdot
Rockabilly Country (Instrumental)

Standard 50's instro fair in an Austin vein. Bouncy and fun, but not particularly remarkable.

Hillbilly Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Very cool treatment of "Pipeline." The rockabilly jive version approach it totally new.

Soul Penetration dotdot
Surf Blues Jazz (Instrumental)

This really slow blues/jazz styling doesn't compliment "Penetration" at all. The guitorgan detracts from the sound of the track. It's the cheesy stuff Jimmy Smith would have done. It has less surf feel than Steve Kahn's jazz-fusion version of the song.

Scooter Trash dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

A jump boogie with touches of Armageddon's "Buzzard" throughout. Now, there's a song someone should surf up! Brian Pool, where are you?

Beyond The Reef dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Way slow Hawaiian lounge post luau make out music.

The Munsters dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pedestrian version of an over done non surf tune.

Country Polka dot
Country (Instrumental)

A Joe Ed ho-down.

Mo-Hair dot
Blues Country (Instrumental)

Memphis progressions with organ. The sort of thing studio guys seem to like to play.

Scratchin' n' Twistin' dotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

An unremarkable rockabilly stomp.

Hawaii Tattoo dotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Rockabilly treatment of that standard Hawaiian number, with lap steel. Nice, but not remarkable, and definitely not Hawaiian... it's country.

Bien Tranquillo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thee best tune on the CD, also done remarkably well by the Halibuts. Very strong, great performance, and the edgy guitar adds a dimension that is not there in the Halibuts' version. Hot!!!

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Way slow. Reminds me a bit of Buddy Merrill and Martin Denny. The lap steel arrangement is very cool

Renegade dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hot!! Guitar is in your face, and the tune is quite cool. A real nice surf stomper. "Renegade" is more surfy than most of their tracks.

Wild Kingdom dotdotdot
Lounge Exotica (Instrumental)

Jungle lounge jazz with low-down guitar tones