19 Songs, 1 Hour, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Big Shanty’s thick and heavy sound crosses genre boundaries without restraint. Collection gathers live and studio tracks from his previous releases into one hellacious two-disc package. Shanty (a.k.a Dick Wooley) wields a wicked slide-guitar and possesses a defiant vocal snarl redolent of all-night roadhouses and biker-gang dens. He applies it to such gritty originals as “Whisky Woman,” “Walking Shoes” and “Ride With the Wind,” backed by a rotating cast of players including blistering guitarists Eddie Jett and Liz Melendez and muscle-flexing drummer Scott Robertson. Shanty’s brutal, emotionally raw sound is surprisingly versatile, extending from searing blues balladry (“Queen of Hearts Has Disappeared”) to frantic rockabilly (“Right Combination”) and psychedelic rock (“Living On the Edge of Time,” featuring the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton). There are echoes of Jimi Hendrix-style voodoo on the anti-war tune “Killing Fields” and flashes of the Allman Brothers’ improvisational fire in the extended jam “Smoke and Mirrors.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Big Shanty’s thick and heavy sound crosses genre boundaries without restraint. Collection gathers live and studio tracks from his previous releases into one hellacious two-disc package. Shanty (a.k.a Dick Wooley) wields a wicked slide-guitar and possesses a defiant vocal snarl redolent of all-night roadhouses and biker-gang dens. He applies it to such gritty originals as “Whisky Woman,” “Walking Shoes” and “Ride With the Wind,” backed by a rotating cast of players including blistering guitarists Eddie Jett and Liz Melendez and muscle-flexing drummer Scott Robertson. Shanty’s brutal, emotionally raw sound is surprisingly versatile, extending from searing blues balladry (“Queen of Hearts Has Disappeared”) to frantic rockabilly (“Right Combination”) and psychedelic rock (“Living On the Edge of Time,” featuring the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton). There are echoes of Jimi Hendrix-style voodoo on the anti-war tune “Killing Fields” and flashes of the Allman Brothers’ improvisational fire in the extended jam “Smoke and Mirrors.”

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About Big Shanty

Enigmatic blues-rock singer/guitarist Big Shanty garnered national attention in 2007 when his album RIDE WITH THE WIND became an online sensation, thanks largely to his scathing anti-war song, “Killing Fields.” Mixing fierce guitar lines with techno beats, Shanty (purportedly the alias of A&R legend Dick Wooley) evokes the propulsive sound of 1980s ZZ Top, while making occasional forays into Southern rock. Shanty also keeps good company--guests on Shanty’s albums include blues-guitar virtuoso Liz Melendez and jam-band icon Col. Bruce Hampton.

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