Whiskeydick is a band most people will form an immediate opinion of. When you hear the name it’s easy to think of some super offensive and in-your-face cowpunk band. If you go for that, you might enjoy some of the things they do, but that’s not all this band is about. It’s just two guys laying it down on acoustic guitars with some bad ass soloing and heartfelt lyrics. They like to get rowdy, but Whiskeydick can bring it. Fritz can rip your heart out while Reverend Johnson is simultaneously melting faces. Their new album From The Devil’s Boots is a bit more on the mellow side of what Whiskeydick does, and that is a good thing.
The album starts out with “Made In The U.S.A.” which is a great ballad about America that makes you think of some of Hank Jr.’s songs along the same lines. Up next is a great love song titled “Christina” which is about getting through with what you have and knowing that whatever you have is enough as long as you have love. These songs along with “Is That You This Is Me” provide a mellow start to the album. Fritz has a voice that brings to mind a mix of Hank Jr. and Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. “Help” picks up the tempo a bit before things really get rowdy with “18 Wheels Of Hell”. If you’re not familiar with the band, “18 Wheels” might feel like a curve ball, but it’s just as much what Whiskeydick does as the slow stuff is. For two guys with acoustic guitars, Fritz and Rev can bring the metal. “Workin’ In The Graveyard” continues the faster pace before “Honky Tonk Zone” slows it down again for a ballad about the honky tonk life.
“Yeehaw” is a rowdy anthem. If this band was on the radio, this is what you’d hear as a single. It has the feel of a sing-a-long with a chorus that would inspire a mosh pit in the rowdiest of crowds. “Oklahoma Girl” and “Far Too Gone” are both mid-tempo rockers meant to bring you down a bit from the rowdiness contained in the middle of the album. “Lonesome Carnie” is one of my highlights on the album. It’s a tear jerker about being so lonesome you feel like a clown who appears to be happy on the outside but is really lonesome and sad. Finally, “Hometown” closes out the album with a track that could be a Black Label Society ballad. Reverend Johnson brings some killer solo work on this track and you will be amazed when you see it performed live on an acoustic guitar.
If you have ever been on the fence about listening to a band called Whiskeydick, you need to check out From The Devil’s Boots. While the album focuses on the mellower side of the band, you get the full range of what Whiskeydick is about within the 39 minute run time. You get softer tear jerking ballads with great solo acoustic and classical guitar playing, some rowdy metal anthems and some killer guitar solos that would make you swear it was being played on an electric guitar, but nope, it’s all acoustic. I highly recommend checking out From The Devil’s Boots if you’re new to the band or a long time fan. This album was self released on the band’s own label Yeehaw Records on June 22nd, 2014. It is available everywhere you would expect to find it.
Whiskeydick – From The Devil’s Boots – Track Listing
1. Made in the U.S.A
3. Is That You This Is Me
5. 18 Wheels of Hell
6. Workin’ in the GraveYard
7. Honky Tonk Zone
9. Oklahoma Girl
10. Far Too Gone
11. Lonesome Carnie