South Carolina hellbilly Hick'ry Hawkins is kicking up some dust with an ornery brand of hard-twang country loaded with attitude.

South Carolina hellbilly Hick'ry Hawkins is kicking up some dust with an ornery brand of hard-twang country loaded with attitude. Hawkins moans with pride on "Country Guitar Pickin' Man," and his "Holy Ghost Conductor" combines Cash-style shuffle with gospel sensibilities. The title cut is reverb-drenched rock with a mean streak, and "Dentures on the Dash" is a heartfelt tribute to a certain kind of, uh, lady. Elsewhere, "Waylon" is a surprisingly touching and well-played nod to Mr. Jennings, and "I Sold My Soul and Ain't Got Paid" and "I Was Just One" are weepers in the Bakersfield style. Hawkins has a beer-soaked sense of humor; "Up Them Stairs" promotes the glories of "ladies first," and "I Just Cut a Big One in Nashville" clears the air on his opinion of Music City. Musicianship is mostly solid and sometimes great, if production is at times muddy, but this guy definitely has something more going on than just a novelty act. Available at hickryyhawkins.com.—RW

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