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Nashville Pussy - Say Something Nasty
(Artemis Records)
3 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: June 29, 2002

Nashville Pussy

By Tony Bonyata

Nashville Pussy is the type of music your mother warmed you about. Sleazy, dangerous and not about to slow down for anyone, their Southern-fried metal is slathered in breakneck rhythms, axle grease, searing guitar leads and a pickup truck full of Jim Beam.
On the Athens, Georgia-based band's third full length album Say Something Nasty this quartet of two guys (vocalist and guitarist Blaine Cartwright and drummer Jeremy Thompson) and two gals (lead guitar Ruyter Suys and bassist Katielynn Campbell) have created yet another dirty disc that wallows in the excesses of raunch 'n' roll.
From the first strains of the AC/DC charged guitar that builds on the opening title track to the Iggy Pop-inspired punk of "Gonna Hitchhike Down To Cincinnati" their formula is easy enough to pinpoint. Of course, like a pig in slop, that doesn't stop it from being so much dirty fun. Cartwright's whiskey-and-nicotine vocal delivery is more than slightly reminiscent of Alice Cooper in his heyday, while Suys' salacious leads that tear through the 14 adrenaline pumped numbers would give Lynyrd Skynyrd's guitarists Rossington and Collins a run for their money, as they aptly prove on the good-time Skynyrd-inspired rocker "Here's To Your Destruction."
On a seedy cover of Rick Derringer's '70s classic "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Coo," Nashville Pussy strips the song to its bare bones before tossing it in the mudpit to wrestle with rest of the tracks on the album.
Sure these guys are vile, Southern white trash rockers, but its refreshing to see there's somebody still out there with enough balls to inject a little danger back into rock 'n' roll.

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