By Lee Zimmerman
Rowdy, rambunctious and oozing spit, grit and verve, Southern Culture On The Skids showcase the full frenzy of their unhinged road show with this long-overdue live set. Anyone familiar with this trailer park trio’s white-trash anthems should already know what to expect, and indeed, the Skids deliver with a succession of high-volume tirades in the guise of garage-bred boogie and rockabilly rave-ups.
However, the uninitiated need to take note — any music that celebrates boozin’, cruisin’, juke joints and cheap motels also demands that you kinda had to have been there to appreciate it as captured in concert. For the better part of the album, the band’s blustering sacrifices any lingering hint of melody in favor of full-throttle onslaughts. Nevertheless, there’s an occasional hint of clarity via the sturdy, soulful romp “Hittin’ On Nothin’,” the assertive, determined rocker “Just How Lonely” and the Link Wray/Dick Dale–inspired fretwork that rips through “Meximelt” and “Whole Lotta Things.”
Doublewide And Live will mostly appeal to all those good ’ol boys and down-home gals who like their music loud, their beer cheap, their barbeque greasy and their necks a sure shade of red. For those who can identify, this, bud, is for you.