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Country - Released May 6, 2003 | Audium Entertainment LLC

The Kentucky Headhunters have spent much of their career trying to convince people they're not just another country outfit with scraggly hair, and if their pronounced Southern boogie rock tendencies won't do it, this album might. Soul finds the Headhunters indulging in their fondness for vintage rhythm & blues sounds, with the band adding keyboards, horn players, and female backing harmonies to give the performances an appropriate late-'60s/early-'70s ambience. Of course, no matter how hard they try, the Kentucky Headhunters still end up sounding like...the Kentucky Headhunters, especially since they wrote nearly all of the tracks on board (and no matter how hard you try, you just can't write a soul tune about meeting Carl Perkins, nor should anyone try). But as a change-up from their usual style, Soul works better than you might expect; the bluesy undercurrents of Southern rock have given the Kentucky Headhunters a leg up on embracing a more R&B-influenced sound, the songs are solid, vocalist Doug Phelps has a good handle on the material, and there's just enough big guitar bombast and Dixie-fried twang to keep fans of their other work happy. In short, the Kentucky Headhunters shouldn't give up their other job at the honky tonk just yet, but Soul shows they've got what it takes to do a side gig at Soul City without making themselves sound silly in the process. Right on. ~ Mark Deming

Country - Released August 8, 2000 | Audium Entertainment LLC

Songs From the Grass String Ranch is the fifth release by the Kentucky Headhunters, and while it is enjoyable, there's nothing out of the ordinary here. The band continues to play their crowd-pleasing mixture of southern country rock & roll blues boogie, which you either love them for or don't. In this case it would be unfortunate to miss out on the fun ~ Al Campbell

Rock - Released January 11, 2019 | Alligator Records


Country - Released January 1, 1993 | Mercury Records

It's hard to tell if it was the new guys or just the direction the band was headed, but most of the novelty wore off the Kentucky Headhunters by the group's third album. New lead singer Mark Orr replaced Richard Phelps's backwoods country voice with a Southern rock wail; Anthony Kenney (cousin to drummer Fred Young and guitarist Richard Young) took Doug Phelps's place on bass. The original songs aren't as idiosyncratic as the ones on Pickin' on Nashville or Electric Barnyard, and the Headhunters continue to cover Bill Monroe, this time with "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Covers of Carl Perkins ("Dixiefried") and the Lovin' Spoonful ("My Gal") are less obvious. The Headhunters started as a hard rock country band, a novel idea; here, they've devolved into a redneck boogie group. ~ Brian Mansfield

Country - Released January 1, 2006 | Mercury Records

The Kentucky HeadHunters aren't a remarkable country mutation, just a top-notch Southern rock band with a sense of humor. "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" is the kind of clever novelty that won't work twice; "Big Mexican Dinner" is a novelty that doesn't even work the first time. Once again, the country and bluegrass covers -- "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," "With Body and Soul" -- are the highlights, and most of the originals (the Beatlesque shuffle "Always Makin' Love" aside) are offbeat, adequate filler. ~ Brian Mansfield

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