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South of Nashville

by Honky Tonk Hustlas

Outlaw Country Hellfire from the Heart of Dixie
Genre: Country: Outlaw Country
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1. South of Nashville
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2. Drinkin' With My Friends
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3. My Worst Enemy
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4. Long Lonely Road
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3:06 album only
5. Buried Alive
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2:39 album only
6. Don't Give a Damn
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2:00 album only
7. You Were the One
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2:30 album only
8. Down and Out
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9. After I'm Gone
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10. Never Gonna Quit
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11. You Can't Go Back
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12. Don't Hold Me Down
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13. Pray I Won't Wake Up
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14. Corporate Man
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15. Death's Cold Sting
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Steeped in the sins of the South, this Montgomery, Alabama group is as hard-working as they come. Wrenching out pure country while taking cues from the harder edges of Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, South of Nashville would make the perfect soundtrack to your next barroom brawl.


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Dave Schwartz

Great Tunes Here for Sale!
I thought it was Hank III for quite a bit, the voices are similar in a bunch of songs and they both have some great, easy-to-follow lyrics. Whether you care to compare the two and criticize one or the other is up to ya'll... But know this: There's really only two types of music on this planet, good music and not-so-good music. With tunes being belted out like "Don't Give a Damn" and "Corporate Man," the Honky Tonk Hustlas are simply making darn good music. It's got a rhythm you'll be tapping your foot to, melodies that pleasantly get stuck in your head, and the songs tell stories that make ya grin on the inside... What else is there? Treat yourself and buy it!!!

No Depression

Honky Tonk Hustlas - South of Nashville
Located way south of Nashville, both geographically and musically, Alabama's Honky Tonk Hustlas are the type of band who know how to keep tradition alive without being stuck in the past. Led by guitarist and vocalist T. Junior and making great use of the upright bass and fiddle, they have a sound that is heavily influenced by the classic barroom country of the '50s, but at the same time there are elements of their lyrical approach and energetic nature that has more in common with punk rock. I've heard some compare them to Hank III (perhaps because steel and dobro player Andy Gibson has worked with both) and while there are certain similarities, these guys are their own band and have their own style that is more traditional, more personal, and often much darker than anything III has done to date.

On their second self-released album South of Nashville, Honky Tonk Hustlas deliver the type of country music that has been MIA from the airwaves for years but continues to live on with the artists and fans who know where to look. This is the kind of album that would serve as a perfect soundtrack for a night of partying and having a good time, but when listened to the morning after harshly exposes the dark side of that lifestyle. Take for instance the third track, "My Worst Enemy," where T. Junior sings that "If I don't change my ways the next dead man will be me." Even darker is "Pray I Won't Wake Up," a chilling tale of suicide that represents this band at their very best.

But it's not all quite that dreary, as they deliver more traditionally-minded jukebox ballads like "You Were the One," as well as classic Tennessee Two-styled numbers such as "Don't Hold Me Down." The two best songs here, though, are "Don't Give a Damn" and "Corporate Man," which could almost be seen as anthems for the South and the working class in general. While "Don't Give a Damn" is directed squarely at critics of the band and their hard-edged style, "Corporate Man" is exactly the type of tune that Woody Guthrie or Ronnie Van Zant would write if they were here today: an angry song that is more about morals and ethics than politics and doesn't pull any punches in exposing the bad guys.

To keep this short, this record is straightforward, honest good old-fashioned country music with no strings attached, no fancy studio tricks and no polish added. Honky Tonk Hustlas are the type of band that you want to hear down at your local bar this weekend, but with the corporate-run war on good taste, the advent of karaoke, the word "indie" becoming a euphemism for something else entirely, and other similar developments, chances are that won't happen. So I guess that for now this album is the next best thing.

Hellbilly

HTH raises the bar with this release
This is one of the best country albums I've ever heard. It is pure traditionalism, yet they somehow manage to twist in a punk rock style that's in-your-face aggressive at times, but still holds on to the core of the real country music of the mid-20th century. The instrumentation and arrangements are tight and very clean, and the sound quality as a whole is very impressive. T. Junior writes almost all of the songs, and his overall vocal delivery, combined with skilled songwriting, gives us a sneek peek into his psyche, something that has become rare in today's music that lacks feeling and concerns itself with political correctness instead of the art that is the music. It's pretty obvious that T. Junior and the Honky Tonk Hustlas don't give a flip about any of that stuff. The subject matter ranges from upbeat hellraising party songs to deep dark songs of depression, anxiety, and rejection. South of Nashville raises the bar from their previous release, Hallways of the Always, and that's saying a lot. South of Nashville is what country music is supposed to be, and that's all there is to it.

Stuart Oates

Hustlas Have it!
One of the best Country bands out there. From a town with a proud musical heritage yet living in the real world, this Montgomery based band can tear it up. Standing tall with a handful outlaw — like the Drifters, Wayne the Train, Allcorn and III—keeping country music alive.

Dogface

Best Album of 2011
The lyrical subject matter on South of Nashville is about as diverse as I've heard coming from any of this next generation of outlaw country artists. With songs about traveling, partying, depression, gunfights, relationships, love, hate, remembrance of a dead friend, metaphorical songs about life and death, suicide, and so on, HTH proves that they belong among the upper echelon of artists in the modern traditional and outlaw country scene.

This band is one of the most underrated bands out there today, and the fact that they are able to have made such an impact in the underground country scene without having the resources that other bands have is quite impressive. Honky Tonk Hustlas deserve a lot more credit than they receive. They've made a huge impact on the lives of people all over the world, and the most impressive thing about it all is that they do everything all by themselves.

In my opinion, SOUTH OF NASHVILLE IS THE BEST ALBUM OF 2011

If you like REAL outlaw country string band music with attitude, check these fellas out! You won't be disappointed!

Alan Bradley

The essential sophmore album...Great work T, Junior!
I agree this is a wonderful follow up to Hallways of the Always. If you dislike pop country and like outlaw country then buy this album. It is fantastic! Again great work T. Junior!

BullDDMC

They put the Hell before the Billy!
This second Album by HTH is a great follow up to a great first album. If you haven't seen them live then you are really missing out. Bands as good as this one are few and far between. The music as well as lyrics on South of Nashville is outstanding.

King of Fools

Excellent follow up
This album is an excellent follow up of the HTH's first album Hallways of the always (2008). I've been waiting a long time for this one. It's outlaw, hillbilly country in it's purest form. There's nothing just like it. Make sure for yourself and buy this album. You won't be dissapointed!

(april 2011)