“Greatest Hits Volume II” by Graveyard BBQ

Artist: Graveyard BBQ
Title: “Greatest Hits Vol. II”
Label: Dirtcore Records
Release Date: 7/24/2007
Genre: Southern Dirt Core Metal
Rating: 4/5

You know that something has to be worth checking out when people are talking about it and when it’s focused around an independent act then you know that such talk must be justified when one takes into consideration the amount of already signed acts that can be followed and paid attention to. Such was the case that I found when I was told to look in the direction of a band called Graveyard BBQ, a Southern Dirtcore Metal band straight out of Waltham, Massachusetts who play their Hard Rock and Roll with a Southern vibe. During an area gig I snared a copy of their self-proclaimed “Greatest Hits Volume 2” and got to rocking right away when “The Clothes That Makes The Man” began. There was a solid and driving groove to the guys that I quickly enjoyed but I had to admit that I really found myself in search of a stage floor meant for slamming and dancing when “Cream Skull Boogie” came on. This number was fantastic and soon became one of my favorites. After catching my breath I found that ACDC’s own “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was up next and the boys did it some serious justice and were to be commended for it. It’s not the typical track that a band would cover and I gave them credit for doing it as opposed to something off of “Back In Black” which has had covers done to death by a bevy of artists. “Ride The Stache” is another winner and gives you the groove and some backing vocals from their “BBQ Girlz”. It was fun stuff and from there I had to say that I was in agreement with those people who had told me in message after message that The Graveyard BBQ was something special and a band to watch out for.

“Greatest Hits Volume 2” follows their debut release, which was “GHv1”, and this album featured the song “Cheat On The Church” which the guys found featured on the soundtrack for the ever popular game “Guitar Hero 2”. The band features the guitar slinging wizardry of “Brownbag” Johnson, bass from Bud Black, drums from Bill Z. Bub and vocals from “Howlin’” Jack Boone and if you are a fan of down and dirty Rock and Roll that you would find pumping on the jukebox of a sleazy watering hole then this is the band for you. I mentioned catching them live first and that’s a good time for anyone in the audience. The band actually calls up their fans on the stage at one point and it gets crazy in there to say the least. The release has a solid production and gives you the lyrics on a fold out insert that finds some seriously funny artwork presented on it. The cartoon finds the band performing onstage as deceased legends look on while the bar is in absolute chaos. Get yourself a copy of this one and help support an independent act that brings a lot of good music to the table (and probably a bunch of beers as well).

Track Listing:
1. Introduction
2. The Clothes That Make The Man
3. Creamskull Boogie
4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
5. BBQ Nation
6. Meat Yer Enemy
7. BBQ Girl
8. Entremission
9. Ride The Stache
10. Teazer
11. The Road That Lies Ahead
12. Graveyard BBQ (reprise)
13. By The Grace Of The Grill
14. Encore

Official Website: www.graveyardbbq.com

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