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With a name that conflates "Bo Diddley" with "zydeco," Louisville, Kentucky, natives Bodeco were probably the most criminally unrecognized group to emerge out of the early '90s indie roots-rock movement (which spawned such artists as '68 Comeback, Reverend Horton Heat, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Southern Culture on the Skids). The group was known for favoring non-ironic grit and muscle over arch retro contrivances. Ricky Feather led the band, aided by Matthew O'Bannon (guitar), Brian Burchett (drums), Jimmy Brown (bass) and Gary Stillwell (percussion). The group emerged with Bone, Hair and Hide on Homestead Records in 1992. The effort was laced with tales of hard living powered by Duane Eddy-style riffs, aggressive rockabilly and jumping instrumentals. The delayed follow-up, Callin' All Dogs, came out in 1995 and saw the group taking a more varied, mature approach without sacrificing all of the blistering energy and whiplash guitar-work of its predecessor. In the interim between albums, Matthew O'Bannon had released a solo effort, 1993's Wink, on Safehouse Records. The album was recorded at various times over nearly a decade. The rough-hewn release featured rock and roll, country and blues numbers and fiery instrumentals. O'Bannon also spent time as a member of Eleventh Dream Day in the mid-'90s.