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Groups such as Rank & File and Lone Justice were called "country punk" circa 1982 (just for not being lame), but it wasn't until Mike Ness covered Johnny Cash and this Owensboro, KY group hit, that such a link-up was achieved. On their sixth studio LP in 20 years (they were defunct for years, and Blaine Cartwright started Nashville Pussy), they crank up gnarly axes ‘n' speed and hit like a buckin' bronc. And they're mean riffers, with Sun Records' hillbilly-rockabilly flavorings brought into punk's guitars even more directly than X. (Dig that traditional lap steel on "Mama's Doin' Meth Again," though.) This kicks like MC5 and Radio Birdman if they loved outlaw C&W as much as Chuck Berry, and the opening "I'm Your Huckleberry" is like a sped-up Stooges' "1970" for 2008. Just try to ride this bull, cowboy!

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Owensboro, KY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Known for their raucous, over-the-top fusion of punk rock, hard rock, country music, and hillbilly iconography, Nine Pound Hammer were one of the formative bands on the "cowpunk" scene that paved the way for alt-country in the late '80s and early '90s. The Nine Pound Hammer story began in early 1986, when a handful of friends in Owensboro, Kentucky put together a cover band called the Yuppie Mop Dogs. Featuring Scott Luallen on vocals, Blaine Cartwright on guitar, Brian Payne (aka Forrest Payne)...
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