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Whiskey Daredevils

Greatest Hits (Shake It Records)

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Greatest Hits is actually the Whiskey Daredevils' debut, though the band's lineup has long been a fixture in Cleveland. Most members of the group were in the Cowslingers, before guitarist Bobby Latina dropped out and formed the Jack Fords. He was replaced in the newly rechristened lineup by former Hayshaker Jones six-string slinger Dave Bowling and Crooked Mile guitarist Bob Lanphier. True to their name, the Daredevils play a little faster, a little harder, a little looser, and with a lot more attitude.

The band's hard to peg: It plays too well to be punkabilly, it's too punk to be country. It gracefully slides into Santo and Johnny's classic "Sleepwalker" in "Don't Go," but rocks too hard to be rockabilly -- and its members don't have a stand-up bass or wear faux mechanic shirts. Rockabilly fashion is one of singer Greg Miller's pet peeves, and he expands his list of dress-code no-no's in "Ironic Trucker Hat," snarling, "I hate your vintage T-shirts/And your designer crap/But most of all, I'm so sick of your ironic trucker hat." We'll drink a PBR to that. -- D.X. Ferris Whiskey Daredevils CD-release party. Saturday, June 25, at the Beachland Ballroom.

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