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The Meat Purveyors

Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse! – 2006 (Bloodshot)

Reviewed by David McPherson

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Break down the barn doors, turn up the speakers real loud and get ready for the punk-rock bluegrass fusion that is the Meat Purveyors. The Austin purveyors of some boot-kickin' music rev it up a few more notches on their fifth release. Led by Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee and guitar slinger Bill Anderson, the Meat Purveyors are a wonderful four-piece that defy classification.

From the bare-bones "Look on Your Face" - to the tongue-in-cheek redneck homage to the local libation station "Liquor Store" - the disc is filled with delightful songs. There's the bluegrass ballad "Rose-Colored Glasses" and the wonderful pickin' party, "666 Pack," a song that speaks about the 'Sabbath as a trying day' and the need to have a '666 Pack of personality.' Sometimes the pickin of Pete Stiles mandolin gets so rambunctious and fast that your head starts a spinning, especially on the closing "Plates a' Spinnin'."

Just to keep things really interesting, the Purveyors also deliver a power-packed bluegrass tour-de-force rendition of Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" that will surely get your blood pressure racing and a unique take on Human League's '80s classic: "Don't You Want Me Baby" - replacing "cocktail bar" with "honky-tonk bar."