August 19, 2013 • 03:12:54 p.m.

Music Review: Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, "All Hat and No Cattle"


Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett again has stepped out on his own for a second album with his side project, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants.

“All Hat and No Cattle” is Shiflett’s tribute to several country artists such as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. The album is all covers except for one song, “A Woman Like You.” On the track, Shiflett and his band blend honky tonk and rock. The result is slightly underwhelming.

The act is much better when they stick to covers of classic songs. Still, none of the versions of classic songs on “All Hat and No Cattle” stray too far from their originals.

Most of the covers are slightly more snappy than their counterparts. Shiflett’s version of “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” is a little more upbeat, but still sounds too much like Buck Owens.

The only time it really feels like the band lets loose is near the end of Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” Shiflett and the Dead Peasants let it all go as they solo and freestyle as the song closes out the album.

Too bad this didn’t happen more times on “All Hat and No Cattle.” Unfortunately, Shiflett and his band may have played it a little too safe.

Rating: One and a half stars


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