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Authentic, award-winning well-crafted music from the South.

A band of some pedigree in Southern and Country circles, The Kentucky Headhunters have been around since 1986 when they rose from the ashes of veteran outfit Itchy Brother. Releasing their debut album in 1989, which managed to win a Grammy Award for 'Best Country Performance', the group have continued steadily on, putting out a series of studio records with only a couple of line-up shuffles to halt momentum.

'On Safari' is the band's eleventh full-length studio effort, with the quartet comprising of original members Greg Martin, brothers Richard and Fred Young (the latter of whom is the father of Black Stone Cherry drummer John Fred Young) and long serving bassist Doug Phelps. Musically, they continue to produce high quality Southern and Country Rock with 'Beaver Creek Mansion' being a classic example of their hook-laden Southern swagger, while 'Deep South Blues Again' gets your foot tapping from the first notes. 'I Am The Hunter' weaves some tasty Blues licks into a Country vibe with terrific effect, straddling both genres so well it sounds like something that would work equally well in the hands of Bad Company or Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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The slower-paced 'Crazy Jim' loses a little momentum, mostly due to the ragged vocal which grated on me somewhat, but with enjoyable lightweight fare like 'Rainbow Shine' and the hugely entertaining 'Jukebox Full Of Blues' to correct the misstep, it's an album where there's far more good than bad.

If you aren't a fan of Southern or Country-tinged Rock, then you'd be best to give this a wide berth. If, on the other hand, you quite like some twang in your musical palette, these experienced players won't offer you a new twist on the genre, they'll simply stick to what they're good at, delivering authentic, award-winning well-crafted music from the South.

James Gaden

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