What happens when you take a rock/punk guitarist and let him loose to expose his country/rockabilly roots? You get Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants that’s what.
Better known for being the guitar player for the Foo Fighters, No Use for a Name, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Chris has departed quite a bit with this newest side project.
In July 2010, the band released their eponymous debut on RCA Records which was composed of original alt-country songs, excluding a cover of Joe Strummer’s “Burning Lights.”
This July, Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants return with their sophomore effort, All Hat And No Cattle, on SideOneDummy Records. This album, unlike their debut album, consists of covers of classic honky-tonk and country tunes such as “Live Fast Die Young” which was originally recorded by Faron Young and “Pop a Top” originally recorded by Jim Ed Brown. They even do the song “Skid Row” a song recorded by Merle Haggard in his early days. The lone original song on this album is the song “A Woman Like You.”
The highlight of the album though has to be his cover of Waylon Jenning’s classic “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.”
This album is just a fun romp through some classic songs that nobody else would think to cover. It is truly a voyage through some of the old honky tonks where musicians used to cut their teeth before they made it big. Christ Shiflett has taken a pure form of music and given the songs fresh interpretations without dishonoring its sound. That is, he is playing these older country and honky-tonk tunes without making them sound dated.
Anybody that is a fan of the likes of Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Mojo Nixon, Reverand Horton Heat, or even fans of red dirt country would enjoy this album.
The album will be released on July 30 and will be available directly through SideOneDummy Records as well as through all major retailers and all the major online sources.