There are a lot of Hasil Adkins albums out there. This one is the best. When the Wild Man from Madison, West Virginia, was rediscovered in the 1980s, he recorded a few contemporary records. The rockabilly one-man band's finest material remains the well-worn reel-to-reel material cut in his Boone County shack from 1956 to 1963. Peanut Butter Rock and Roll, released in 1990, features twenty tracks from "Haze's Golden Decade." It includes his renditions of Carl Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes," Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock" and plenty of originals of Hasil's usually-raucous, often-humorous but always-honest style that is all his own. It was his one-of-a-kind personality and ahead-of-its-time punk rock musicianship that makes him a legend - an influence on the likes of The Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat and King Khan. In fact, the cover of Peanut Butter is probably recognizable as it inspired the art for Social Distortion's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. Hasil is a true music great, and it's a shame the West Virginia Hall of Fame has yet to recognize that. But with this brilliant compilation of some of his best tracks, you will.
Artist: Hasil Adkins
Album: Peanut Butter Rock and Roll
For Fans Of: The Cramps, Stray Cats, Reverend Horton Heat