Former Skynyrd lead singer and guitarist Mike Estes fronts Skinny Molly and there's a bit of a "Gimme Back My Bullets" swagger to lead-off track "If You Don't Care" where Estes reels off a list of things he'd rather be doing, like fishing or riding his motorcycle or writing a song, than fussing with a high-maintenance girlfriend. With scorching guitar, Ronnie Van Zant-like "aah-ooo's" and an attitude-soaked delivery of the line "I don't give a damn if you don't care!" the song is a sure thing to join the canon of beloved southern rock anthems.
During the ZZ Top-like boogie of "Too Bad to Be True" though Estes isn't singing about kissing the girl off; the guy in this song is a little skittish because the bad girl in question has a penchant for guns, including the one in her glove compartment.
"Judge Parker" will also resonate with lots of listeners as the song's would-be jailbird bemoans his eventual fate, but not without some backtalk; fans will love to chime in when the music pauses for just a second so Estes can loudly tell the judge to "Stick it!"
A good southern rock record hasn't come down the two-lane for a long time but Haywire Riot is the real whisky-drinkin' guitar-crunchin' middle-finger-raising thing.
Skinny Molly - Haywire Riot
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