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Southern Culture On The Skids

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Jun 21, 2018 – 8:00 PM

31 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401 Map

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with David Mayfield
Southern Culture On The Skids' newest album, The Electric Pinecones, was released on September 16, 2016. It's the bands fifth album on their own label, Kudzu Records. The album features 12 original SCOTS tunes 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, Swamp Fox - The Original. All the tunes were produced and recorded at Ricks studio in NC, The Kudzu Ranch.The Electric Pinecones is a bit of a departure for the band conceptually and sonically. The inspiration for the record was born in an alter-ego side project from the early years of the band. The Pinecones was folk-a-hill-a-billy garage band we used to put together just for kicks, Miller relates. We loved the sound of '60s west coast folk rock and psych bands. The Pinecones was our outlet for material that was not in the SCOTS vein. We even opened for ourselves occasionally. The Pinecones set list was the jumping off point for this latest collection of songs.The first single off the album, Grey Skies, is a minor key mood piece with that folk-a-billy, psychedelic sound. Listen to how the acoustic 12-string riff slides into the bands hypnotic rhythms that propel Mary Huffs reflective vocal into the minds eye of times past and love lost. Check out the Mellotron on the chorus that is a first for us, Miller says.The lead off track, Freak Flag, is more upbeat, but no less tweaked, with modulating guitars riding on pounding drums after the first verse. The songs message is a good one it is okay to be different and always respect yourself. The band debuted the song to an auditorium full of rowdy students at Carrboro Elementary School. I was nervous, Miller says if the kids dont like something they let you know, but when they started singing along with the second chorus and waving their imaginary freak flags in the air, I knew it was a hit!Dirt Road is Marys three-minute ode to sances, thunderstorms and good lovin long gone. The song is a backwoods southern gothic ghost story that opens with a big tom fill then twists and turns around a folky strum and a fuzz guitar. Marys spooky-good vocal takes it down that dirt road way back into the piney woods.The album also has some country rock songs that highlight the melodic side of SCOTS, with Baby I Like You, I Aint Gonna Hang Around and Given To Me featuring some of the best harmonies Rick and Mary have ever recorded.Waiting On You is the longest song on the album, coming in at 4:22; its a folk-garage-rocker with a sing-a-long chorus that segues into a surf raga breakdown before heading back to the big riff and out. The album has traditional Southern Culture flavor too. Check out the remake of Swamp Fox The Original. This take goes back to the beginnings of the song and is much closer to capturing the essence of the many all-nighters the band pulled in NOLA with friends and colleagues. The country funk of Rice and Beans, is a good humored tale of a cash strapped southern courtship, and Midnight Caller is Marys slinky RnB flavored woman-to-woman warning about bad men looking for good times. Song for song, on The Electric Pinecones, Southern Culture On The Skids continues to blow minds and blur the lines between genres delivering a stellar album. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to their 1995 international smash, Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single "Camel Walk"), and now to the SCOTS-ified tunes of The Electric Pinecones, 30+ years, 200+ songs and 1,000,000+ road miles in, Southern Culture On The Skids just continues to get better with time.
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Southern Culture on the Skids: Since 1983, when they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, SCOTS have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop (the band describes their sound as "toe sucking geek rock - kinda weird, but it feels good when you're doing it"), all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat drenched paroxysms of joy. Assisted by his cohorts in white trash renaissance - drummer Dave Hartman and assist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff - Miller and crew have been prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to the international smash, 1998's Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single "Camel Walk"), and up to their last studio album, 2004's barnstormer Mojo Box, Southern Culture on the Skids have continued to throw what Rolling Stone dubbed "a hell raising rock and roll party." Their 2005 live outing, Doublewide and Live!, captured all of this on tape, dirty and rough and wild.

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