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artworkVolebeats are a very original country rock band from Detroit, where cactus does not grow, except on window sills. Their early work was about half instrumental. Their vocals are well written songs, worth checking out on their own. Country Favorites contains one instrumental, a stunning version of Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain." It's worth the price of admission all by itself!
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Surfadelic Country (Instrumental)

I have long wondered what surf guitars could do with Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain." Volebeats get close, using very clean tone and steel to create a swirl of near surf psych. This is just wonderful! They do heir best to retain the pace and mind numbing haze, while completely retracing the blueprint in sea green and desert brown where pink blue microdots once reigned. It's really quite amazing. There's an instant connection regardless of your roots (surf, psych, or country), and you're left with recollections of imagined journeys past. "Maggot Brain" is a pure flight of fancy.