Album Review: Mutants of the Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas

Album Review: Mutants of the Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas

Various Artists
Mutants of the Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas
(Saustex Records)

There is a very specific sect of the population that would appreciate a tribute record to Southern Rockers Black Oak Arkansas in 2016, a good 40 years after their prime. Of those of folks, even fewer would likely appreciate the breadth of artists, most from the punk world that showed up, backed by Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre, to pay homage to this motley group of Southern Boogie purists. But those still left hanging around are bound to love this 17-song set, a sloppy love letter to these one-time arena rockers.

The idea for Mutants of Monster came from Joey Killingsworth of Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre. His band plays back up on most of the tracks with a wildly diverse set of folks taking turns at the mic, from Jello Biafra and Shooter Jennings to Eddie Spaghetti and many others. Hell, even Willie Nelson’s longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael sits in on “The Wild Bunch.” Black Oak Arkansas frontman Jim “Dandy” Mangrum re-records “Fever in My Mind” for this collection.

The record is appropriately sloppy – some of the songs here are great and some not so much, but it’s obvious that no one is phoning it in and there is a genuine appreciation from all of the folks taking part. And somewhere the Marshall Tucker Band is trying to figure out why they can’t muster the love for a tribute record.

Purchase Mutants of the Monster here.

3-stars

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