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Any Way the Wind Blows
Genres: Country, Pop
Ricky Lee Phelps and his kid brother Doug are best known for their work in the Kentucky Headhunters. On Anyway the Wind Blows, the duo strike a balance between Ricky Lee's classic honky-tonk voice and the aggressive arrang... more »
Ricky Lee Phelps and his kid brother Doug are best known for their work in the Kentucky Headhunters. On Anyway the Wind Blows, the duo strike a balance between Ricky Lee's classic honky-tonk voice and the aggressive arrangements which had made the Headhunters so popular. Rather than boogying on old bluegrass, novelty, and hillbilly songs as the Headhunters did, Brother Phelps draw their outside material from the likes of J.J. Cale and Steve Earle. And on their originals, the brothers bring a contemporary, progressive edge to their country-rock as if taking their cue from Cale and Earle. The album includes two Earle compositions, "I Ain't Ever Satisfied" and "The Other Kind," and Ricky Lee provides the vocal firepower to push these non-conformist anthems over the top. Ricky Lee and Doug lead a similar hard-hitting attack on the blues stomp "Down into Muddy Water" and their own rocking celebration of a convertible, "Ragtop." If he's not able to transcend mediocre material, Ricky Lee is able to rise to the occasion when a good song comes along. Such an opportunity comes on Dennis Linde's "Lookout Mountain," a narrative about the Civil War battle told from the perspective of a scared Confederate picket. In a strong vocal over a moody arrangement, Ricky Lee captures both the fear of battle and the sense of reluctant duty in this fateful tale of honor, defeat, and death. --Geoffrey Himes
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Garry Daniel | Knoxville, TN United States | 03/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This...is an excellent album.
It has a great deal more depth and interesting songs than the first, and I really liked the first. But this one
is great. The brother(s) Phelps were an off shoot of the Kentucky Headhunters, as most fans know, and in thier two albums together managed to produce more good music than the Headhunters were able to muster in their whole career. Just listen to "Down into Muddy Water", "Mary Ann is a pistol", "Not so different after all", the beautiful "Walls", the jaded narrator in "The other Kind", and the gorgeously haunting "Lookout Mountain", and you'll see what I mean. Good stuff, really good stuff. Despite what some reviewer said, this is not slick Nashville, mass market stuff. This is good stuff indeed. Neither of Brother Phelps albums were huge sellers (I guess the lack of cowboy hats might've sealed thier fate)but they were excellent albums anyway. So, listen to what you want to listen to and don't let radio (Blecch) or Nashville (yawn) or the Grammys (turn the channel, quick) tell you what to buy or listen to. Listen to Brother Phelps and enjoy some good music that was never given much of a chance."