Nick Cristiano's Top 10 Country/Roots Albums of 2007
December 16, 2007
Terry Anderson and the OAK Team, When the Oakteam Comes to Town (Doublenaught). Befitting a band called the Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team, this live set rocks. But it's the kind of good old rock-and-roll that, for all its hook-happy, hick-happy brilliance, is shunned these days by the pop market and the indie hipsters. We're happy to give it a home here.
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Go Team Go!
At 8:30pm on December 5th, 2006 in front of a "studio" audience we yelled to the back of the house at our favorite engineer, "Hey Jon, you ready?" and following his undecipherable response we kicked into the first song and never looked back until the last one was done. Hell yeah!....Magic!
"Was that ALL of'm?" The hour went by so fast, and in the dust 18 songs were left wondering what had just hit'm. A quick switchover for our encore put Dave behind the kit and me on guitar. When all was said and done we had recorded 20 great tracks for your enjoyment in less than an hour and a half.
So, for everyone in Japan, Australia, the UK, Spain and Durham who's ever won dered..THIS is what we sound like.. LIVE!
When the OAKTeam comes to town
You're never safe when they're around
They've got your number they've got your name
and the hotel where ya'll stayin'
Posted on Sun, Apr. 29, 2007
Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team
When the OAKTeam
Comes to Town
If a flying saucer landed on our lawn tomorrow and the little green men asked, "What's rock-and-roll?", we'd hand them this disc. Terry Anderson doesn't try to reinvent the music, he just distills it to its glorious essence - fast, loud and, above all, fun - and he does it with an uproarious, hick-happy brilliance.
This live set serves up many of Anderson's greatest hits, or what should have been hits. (His best-known tunes were done by others and are not here - the Georgia Satellites' "Battleship Chains" and Dan Baird's "I Love You Period.") Anderson can do straight-up and melodic in winning fashion - see the likes of "Weather or Not" and "Sunday Dress." But most of the time the North Carolinian and his mighty OAKTeam are gleefully tearing up pea patches like "Daddy Had a Wreck" and "I Feel a Drunk Comin' On." The influences are obvious - NRBQ, Faces, Chuck Berry, etc. - but it's also clear how smartly and colorfully Anderson twists them to create his own indelible rock-and-roll personality.
- Nick Cristiano