Veteran genre-bending road hog Billy Bacon assembles some choice cuts of eight previous releases in a package that nicely captures the diverse Pigs sound.

Veteran genre-bending road hog Billy Bacon assembles some choice cuts of eight previous releases in a package that nicely captures the diverse Pigs sound. Bacon and the boys are all over the musical meat market, offering infectious Mexican cantina treats ("Una Mas Cerveza," "Hasta Ma-ana Iguana"), rockabilly rave-ups ("Battle With the Bottle," "Bon Ton"), Van Morrison-styled R&B ("Clown," "Are You Going Back There Tonight") and hard-charging swing ("[When It's] Cold Outside," "Jump for Jive"). There's also some barroom country in "While the Wife's Away," some CCR-esque rock in "Valleys and Peaks" and some loungey blues in "I'm a Fool." Bassist Bacon (born W. Seth Russell) is a seriously good songwriter, his dusky vocals are mighty fine, and his Pigs play with verve and skill. So where have these guys been hiding for 20 years? At a roadhouse smoke pit near you. Distributed by Navarre. - RW