Throwing back shots of Whiskey Kill

Drink up, Betty
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2012

beat2_whiskey-kill_main
KICKING BACK Whiskey Kill.

Diesel Doug hung 'em up a while ago, and King Memphis don't play out much anymore, so Whiskey Kill are clearly filling a bit of a void. If you're in the mood for some throwback rockabilly, Johnny Paycheck country rock, and a bit of jump blues, I'd suggest heading down to Bayside Bowl on Friday for the release of Pissed Off Betty, because this five-piece may not be doing anything you haven't heard before, but they do it pretty dang well.

Thomas Ferry is the growling frontman. You've probably seen him in a Seacoast rock band or two, like Smoke Up Johnny, but never this twangy or slicked-back. He's teamed with gal pal Elissa Williamson Scogland (who doesn't play in the band) to pen a bunch of fun little ditties about women who get revenge by mowing guys down with a souped-up hot rod (the title track), guys who like booze and guns, and all manner of country-character staples.

Helping him out are Jose Solorzano on a punchy stand-up bass, Greg Zaino with a firm pop on the drums, Bruce Hilton on pedal steel, and axeman Sean Yadisernia — his solo on "Cold Steel Lover" rips. Hilton's pedal work is much crisper than you'll usually hear, actually, with very few of those dragged-out notes.

The whole thing is a bit of a musical costume — the joy with which Ferry sings about being a dead man walking ("instead of the chair, they gave me life with you") sort of gives the lie to the lyrics — but they fill it out well.

PISSED OFF BETTY | Released by Whiskey Kill | with Pete Witham & the Cozmik Zombies + DangerWilRobinson | at Bayside Bowl, in Portland | March 16 | tinyurl.com/WhiskeyKill

  Topics: CD Reviews , Diesel Doug, Thomas Ferry, King Memphis,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SAM PFEIFLE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   FIRST SECOND COMING  |  August 22, 2014
    Hey, look, I Discovered a Planet
  •   THE CRUNK WITCH THAT THEY ARE  |  August 14, 2014
    Three albums in, Crunk Witch are now far more than novelty. The all-digital, husband-wife duo of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen have created enough material at this point to establish a clear method behind what can sometimes seem like madness.  
  •   FIRE ON FIRE  |  August 07, 2014
    From the varying deliveries and styles through the three fully instrumental tracks, there’s a lot to consider in Pyronauts , with equal attractions in playing it loud in the car with the windows down and in the headphones.
  •   HIP HOP SUMMER  |  July 31, 2014
    For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
  •   SEVEN-MAN ARMY  |  July 24, 2014
    Lately, it’s been open season on “Wagon Wheel,” which has become the acoustic musician’s “Freebird,” one of the very few songs that people actually know well enough to find it funny to request.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE