Heavy Metal Funk Death Metal Blues Collection From Big Shanty Coming
King Mojo Records announces a February 8 release for Collection, a 2-CD compilation of tracks from Big Shanty, whose sound has been described as everything from "death metal blues" to "heavy metal funk."
The double-disc set also includes five previously out-of-print live tracks. Many of Big Shanty's longtime friends join in the jams on Collection, including Wet Willie bassist Jack Hall; guitarist Spencer Kirkpatrick, formerly of Hydra; up-and-coming guitar hotshot Liz Melendez; and legendary jam-band godfather, Col. Bruce Hampton.
Big Shanty's sonic rain of acid guitars and incendiary beats has captivated fans all over the globe in search of something outside the blues/rock mainstream, and the tracks on Collection deliver that in spades. By word of mouth and the internet, the buzz about Big Shanty has spread world-wide, with fans registering over one million downloads from his indie label website, www.kingmojo.com. Big Shanty has successfully navigated through the music business maze without the benefit of big corporate radio, corporate media sponsorship slick videos or any of the trappings in the star-making machinery of the music business.
Big Shanty's renegade style of blues is hard to categorize. He's been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young – and even Rob Zombie. His classic motorcycle tune, "Whiskey Woman" (the opening track of this set), is an homage to Jim Morrison, both in terms of subject matter and style. "His Born Up in Trouble" (also included here) may be the "Born Under a Bad Sign" of our day. His is truly alternative music. His Jeff Beck-ish trance-like rhythm grinds his aesthetic, full-on anti-establishment, anti-war anthem, "Killing Fields," into something that would fit into pretty much any biker bar juke box; but Shanty is blues at heart.
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