Thursday, July 12, 2007

You Gotta Hear This: Dell Conner

I don't like a whole lot of country, but I know what I like when I hear it. So when I heard Dell Conner's "Runnin' Shine" rumbling out of my TV speakers, I had to hear more.

If you've been reading this blog, you already know I love Charlie Daniels. This song struck me as a harder-edged version of a great late 1970s, early 1980s Daniels number -- think "Stroker Ace" with a rock guitar instead of a banjo. So I headed over to his Web site, where you can see the video for "Runnin' Shine" and get 30 second clips of the other songs on his record "Knee Deep in the Blues."

The clips blend rock, blues, country and political incorrectness into a pretty tasty mix of aggressive and raucous noise that's equal parts Charlie Daniels, ZZ Top and Kid Rock. The only song that I didn't really find appealing out of the samples was the straight country ballad.

If you like catchy blasts of redneck noise, check this guy out. He deserves your attention.

Visit Conner's site.

You Gotta Hear This is an occasional feature about a band you probably haven't heard, but should. If you have a band you'd like featured here, drop me an e-mail. If I like it, I'll write about it.

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