When vocalist Ricky Lee Phelps and his bass-playing brother, Doug, left the Kentucky HeadHunters to form another band last year, the HeadHunters also lost the outrageousness, wit, and brilliance that distinguished their earlier albums. Where Phelps brought a believable wild-man danger to his work, new lead singer Mark S. Orr can’t decide if he’s a Pentecostal preacher or the illegitimate son of Robert Plant and Billy Gibbons. And where the HeadHunters once pickled their garage funk in the backwoods brine of classic country, they’re now content to sprinkle down-home seasoning on warmed-over blues on Rave On!! The one bright spot is a remake of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s ”My Gal,” a relief from unimaginative cartoons like ”Redneck Girl.” Does this once-stunning band have a future? In ”Underground,” they evoke James Dean to be cool, a sure sign they’re only a bargain bin away from oblivion. C-
Rave On When vocalist Ricky Lee Phelps and his bass-playing brother, Doug, left the Kentucky HeadHunters to form another band last year, the HeadHunters also...Rave OnRock, Country When vocalist Ricky Lee Phelps and his bass-playing brother, Doug, left the Kentucky HeadHunters to form another band last year, the HeadHunters also...1993-03-26
Genre: Rock, Country
Posted March 26 1993 — 12:00 AM EST
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