A primitive swamp-rock duo comprised of Ben Reynolds (vocals, electric guitar, percussion) and Brant Slay (vocals, harmonica, washboard), the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies were proteges of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, a fellow Athens,... more » Georgia resident who teamed with John Keane to co-produce their 1990 debut White Dirt. Chicago blues legend Willie Dixon split production chores with Stipe for 1991's 8 Track Stomp, after which the duo called it quits; Reynolds later resurfaced as a solo artist. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide« less
A primitive swamp-rock duo comprised of Ben Reynolds (vocals, electric guitar, percussion) and Brant Slay (vocals, harmonica, washboard), the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies were proteges of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, a fellow Athens, Georgia resident who teamed with John Keane to co-produce their 1990 debut White Dirt. Chicago blues legend Willie Dixon split production chores with Stipe for 1991's 8 Track Stomp, after which the duo called it quits; Reynolds later resurfaced as a solo artist. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
"Those lucky few who saw these guys in person will probably never forget it. One of the most compelling, original bands ever, the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies cranked out some amazing music, and their CD's are vital purchases if you like rockabilly, roots rock, etc. Fans of The Legendary Shack Shakers, Webb Wilder, Horton Heat, Southern Culture on the Skids, will all love these rare CD's. I wish they hadn't thrown in the towel - they had something special. Unfortunately, their sound, for all its intensity, is a pale shadow on disc of what it was live. The production is aided by Michael Stipe and a crew of other musicians, but can't compare to the thundering grooves that these two guys cranked out just by themselves. You would not think that two guys, one harmonica and one guitar, could make that much sound. I saw them in Chattanooga and they absolutely lifted the roof off the place. Get "White Dirt" also, if you can find a copy of it. Incidentally, the guitarist of the Mudd Puppies is now playing in a band called Workhorses of the Recreation/Entertainment Industry."
8 track stomp
John J. Cusimano | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Porch music at its best. This has to be one of my favorite CD's of all time. I had to listen to it about 4 times before I could stand it. At 1st I kicked myself for buying it but then it grew on me and just kept growing. Now I could not imagine life without it. I would give this 6 stars if I could. Sure wish they would get back together and do more but I feel the world is not ready for them. Seem's no one has their own mind they can only like music they hear on the radio, and that makes me very sad."
Fondly remembered, indeed...
B. Prosser | 05/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The preceding 2 reviews are spot-on (about how great this band was)... I happened to be in the Atlanta/Athens GA area when the Mudpuppies were working that circuit pretty hard. I saw them perform live 3 or 4 times and - as previous posts indicate - they were a captivating live show. I own 2 of their studio recordings (including "8-Track Stomp") and, as far as I know, there were only 2 records. I think these records are a fine representation of the band's stunning live performances (though, of course, one loses the electricity of the audience-performer interaction - and these guys definitely interacted with their audience)....
Frankly, the Mudpuppies' music is difficult for me to describe (beyond the "swamp stomp" label they gave themselves). It's two guys: one playing a bass drum, washboard, harmonica, whiskey jug (yes, all at the same time); and another playing electric guitar. At full-steam they are a bona fide force.
I left the Atlanta/Athens GA area long ago (about 15 years ago), having enjoyed many great bands from around there. The Chickasaw Mudpuppies were absolutely one of the greatest of those bands...."
Unknown Athens Gods
B. Prosser | 10/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember seeing these guys playing around Athens and they were awesome. They merged swamp/ country blues, alt country, and roots rock that made fro a great live show. They would sit in rocking chairs, stomping out the beat and wailing on the guitar that was as danceable as Pylon, but it was definitely form outside the Loop. This is a hard cd to find, but it is worth looking for if you ever saw them live back in the day to relive happy times at the 40 watt or if you are a fan of artists/bands as diverse as Screaming Jay Hawkins, Buddy Guy, Love Tractor, Drive-By Truckers, Old 97s, Son Volt, and X."
Odd, but brilliant
G. Stratton | Woodstock, Ga | 07/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw these guys about 15 years ago opening for another act and they blew me away. The rhythm section was a guy stompin' on a wood crate while rocking on a rocking chair. Feller must a been doin' 'bout 100 bpm. He also sang and played the harmonica. The only other performer was a guitarist. Really strange, a sound I ain't never heard before or since. But really good. Is there such a thing as Alt-Hillbilly? Catchy, rhythmic, and fun. In any case I bought the album, only to have it stolen from my car. Tickled pink to find it here again."