Outlaw country devotees take note, this is the real deal! The fourth CD offering from this “acoustic” duo (Johnson, lead guitar and Fritz, rhythm guitar and vocals) from Ft. Worth is quite possibly their best yet. Considering the prolific and highly regarded back catalog, “best yet” is no easy feat. Check out youtube videos of the tracks “Drunk As Hell,” “Jim Beam and Me,” and “Wookie Pussy” for examples of previous greatness and fan devotion. The Wicked Roots is the second WHISKEYDICK CD produced by Kurtis D. Machler at Austin’s own Million Dollar Sound Recording Studio.
The barebones instrumentation consisting of one rock-solid acoustic rhythm guitar, one acoustic but sometimes very electrified lead guitar and one powerfully HUGE voice is all that is necessary to get this robust, urban-country sound across. This record is an excellent representation of what these guys do to rooms nightly across the country and frequently in Austin for lucky patrons of Headhunters and Bull McCabe’s.
Given this sparse yet huge sound, the variety of musical styles presented on this disk is pretty impressive. From the opener, a rowdy sing-along rocker called “Shootin’ Guns,” to the closer, the Irish drinking romp “Hillbilly Toast,” a lot of ground gets covered. “Murder Love Song,” “Evil’s Got A Hold of Me” and “Horse Made Of Acid” are typical of the duo’s darker, Outlaw (wicked maybe?) roots and are all strong tracks.
Round this beautifully recorded collection out with the Delta-esqe blues number “The Ugly Tree” and the cinematically instrumental “Day of the Dead,” and you have got one hell of a great CD.
Review by Dr. Sob-Rock