Monday, August 04, 2008

Reckless Country Soul

Jason and the Scorchers
In the early 80s, when most of Nashville was going the urban cowboy route, Jason & the Scorchers began cranking out a hopped-up fusion of country and rock n roll that carried on the spirit of Hank Williams while appealing to fans of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Reckless Country Soul was recorded live to four-track back in 1982, just a week after the Scorchers' first live show, while they were still called Jason and the Nashville Scorchers. The cuts have plenty of rough edges, but the quartet was already a tight unit, full of piss and vinegar.

The Scorchers' own Shot Down Again and Broken Whiskey Glass are terrific, hard-charging rockabilly tunes. Its covers of I'm So Lonesome (I Could Cry) and Jimmie Rodgers Last Blue Yodel still sound startling all these years later years. For the first two verses of the Hank Williams classic, the band lurches along at a funereal pace. Then it lunges into punk-rock overdrive. Think Joe Strummer hurling a wrecking ball through the Grand Ole Opry and you have a good approximation of the Scorchers sound. If you're a fan, this first offering from the band is a must have. This was recorded while they were still known as Jason and the Nashville Scorchers. While the original was a 4 song EP which came out in 1982, this 1996 reissue contained bonus tracks and is currently out of print.

Broken Whiskey Glass
I'd Rather Die Young/Candy Kisses
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