Friday, May 31, 2013

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants - "Guitar Pickin' Man" from All Hat And No Cattle

Chris Shiflett plays guitar in the Foo Fighters, but he's got a country musician just below the surface, waiting to get out. Chris put together a band to help him release that country guy's spirit - in addition to Shiflett on vocals and guitar, The Dead Peasants are Jeff Gross (bass) and Luke Tierney (guitar) – three friends who grew up playing in bands together – as well as Mitch Marine (drums), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel), and Derek Silverman (keyboards). Their second album All Hat And No Cattle will be out July 30 on SideOne Dummy Records. For now, check out a couple of advance tracks.

Here's "Guitar Pickin' Man", a cover of the Don Rich and the Buckaroos classic:

And here's the Merle Haggard track "Skid Row":

This project is reminiscent of Cracker's Countrysides - a collection of country classics played straight by rockers who wanted to show their reverence in addition to their chops. Like that one, this sounds like a lot of fun - looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

The Dead Peasants will give you these two songs at their website, where you can also read about some upcoming West Coast tour dates.

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants Website

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