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Before his rediscovery in the mid-'80s, Hasil Adkins wrote thousands of songs, the majority of them recorded in the tarpaper shack behind his boyhood home in Boone County, W.V. After Norton Records introduced Hasil to the general public, he and the label sifted through a mountain of unreleased tapes that dated back to the '50s. Peanut Butter Rock and Roll is the second collection drawn from these tapes, and it's just as good as the first, Out to Hunch. These songs form a story of a boy who discovered the structures of Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard and made them his own. His motor has two primary gears: a twitchy, froglike hop and a rumbling one-chord cruise. The twitchy songs are probably more well-known because they're truer to Adkins’ hyperactive nature, but it’s astounding to see what he could pull off with one chord, as on “Come On and Do the Shake with Me,” a droning groove that would be the envy of The Velvet Underground or Suicide. Even better are the oddities, among them a minor-chord ballad called “Woke Up This Morning” and a tremendous reimagining of “The Banana Boat Song.”


Born: 29 April 1937 in Madison, WV

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Hasil Adkins was a one of a kind rockabilly lunatic whose life and music were bizarre enough that if they had been a work of fiction, no one with any sense would have ever believed it. A frantic one-man band who bashed out ultra-crude rock & roll tunes about sex, chicken, and decapitation into a wheezing reel-to-reel tape machine in a West Virginia shack, Adkins spent most of his life making music in utter obscurity until he was discovered in the 1980s and became a cult favorite in the last two decades...
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