- Released: 1996
- Label: Norton
Option - Mar-Apr/95, p.90
"...this is a one-man crusade to reclaim country from its suburban death throes....Adkins' self-awareness is striking--his version of country music is purer and truer than almost anything Nashville touches..."
- 1.Put My Guitar Away Mommy
- 2.White Dove
- 3.Leaves In Autumn
- 4.I Still Miss Someone
- 5.Gonna Have Me A Yard Sale
- 6.Twenty Eight Years
- 7.River Of Jordan
- 8.It'll Be Me
- 9.Will You Miss Me
- 10.Song Of Death
- 11.Of Course Not
- 12.She Thinks I Still Care
- 13.I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling
- 14.Tomorrow I'll Still Be Loving You
- 15.You Win Again
- 16.Turn Around
Personnel: Hasil Adkins (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums); Bob Hoffnar (pedal steel guitar); Lars Espensen (saxophone).
Recorded at Coyote Studios, Brooklyn, New York. Includes liner notes by Hasil Adkins.
Personnel: Hasil Adkins (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums); Bob Hoffnar (dobro); Lars Espensen (saxophone).
Liner Note Author: Hasil Adkins.
Recording information: Coyote STudios, Brooklyn, NY.
With an album title that blows a well-deserved raspberry at what passed for mainstream country music in the early '90s, Hasil Adkins' ACHY BREAKY HA HA HA shows folks like Billy Ray Cyrus how real country is done. Although somewhat restrained in comparison to some of the West Virginia wildman's near-feral rockabilly records, this 15-track album-recorded in Brooklyn, of all places--is still wilder and rowdier than anything that came out of Nashville in 1994.
Mixing honky-tonk originals like "Put My Guitar Away, Mommy" with respectful but rip-snorting covers like George Jones' classic "She Thinks I Still Care," Adkins returns country music to its down-home roots. Backed only with Bob Hoffnar's weepy pedal steel and Lars Espensen's honking saxophone, Adkins sings and plays with manic intensity. ACHY BREAKY HA HA HA is one of the most exciting pure country albums of the '90s.