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CD Review: The LACS + Hard Target = RACKET COUNTY

WELCOME TO DODGE CITY
The LACS + HARD TARGET = RACKET
COUNTY
I must confess, it
has been a rough time trying to get this RACKET COUNTY
music review done. I’ve been very busy with a plate full of hard
knocks served at the daily buffet lately. There’s been too much
RACKET going on around here: too many doctors, lawyers, businesses,
record labels, travel plans, meetings, musicians, artists, Snakes
In the Grass
, bottom feeders, another hurricane, catfish, cheese
grits, politics, boiled peanuts, the Truth about Life On
The Road
, and people always wanting something for nothing, or
wanting to take credit for absolutely nothing of their own. You know,
it’s called “my LIFE in the world of music”. But, I have had the
absolute best time listening to this CD and the local Radio
stations while dealing
with all of life’s mysteries! Every beat, every chord, every lyric,
every word of this entire album hits home for me. Welcome To Dodge
City
, RACKET
COUNTY
‘S title song and
second track on this CD, is the latest musical score from the
combined
talents
of
The LACS
and
HARD TARGET.
These two awesome bands
comprised
of Clay Sharpe and Brian King, of
The LACS,
and members of the band,
HARD TARGET’s
Ryan Fleming, Dustin Bennett,

and Wes Breit formed
RATCHET COUNTY
, and I am
here to say…I LOVE IT!
The
14 song compilation is the absolute best combination and mix of
music, guitar riffs, words and lyrics that I have heard in quite a
long time. I expected a mix of rap, hick hop, and country, but I
never expected this!
WELCOME TO DODGE CITY
is a musical masterpiece
chocked
full of potential #1 hits
on
several Billboard charts
,
and
at least half or more of the 14 songs have top 10
Billboard
potential! This album is an
amazing blend of what
RACKET COUNTY
has now coined as
a
“DIRT ROCK” music/genre, instead of a hick hop country music
mix
like with previous
LACS
albums.
Back
around the turn of the century, two mudslingin’ rednecks from Baxley,
Georgia, aka Brian and Clay from
The LACS,
were told by Nashville and others that their music would
never
make it in the music world;
that
their southern country rap songs did not “fit” into the country
music scheme of things. Being from Georgia myself I can tell you
this:
Don’t
ever tell one of us that we can’t do something, because we will move
heaven and earth to prove you wrong and make it happen. It’s our way;
it’s the southern way. You learn
that
hard work by the sweat of your brow
with
perseverance
and
determination will get you everywhere!
We
know what it’s like to earn a dollar; to be true blue-collar. When
you
‘re
from a small town and have big dreams, sometimes that is your only
way “out”, out of there and away from the norm, so you put
everything you’ve got into your dream. Many times you get short
changed
signing your life
away
, go
busted and
broke
, get
lied to and
cheated on, and
a
ll while singing your
songs on the road in every honkytonk or dive you can find.
You
don’t do it for the money, you do it because you love it….
WELCOME
TO DOGE CITY
.
If any of us just starting out did it for the money, we would all be
doomed our first show. I am of the mind that
The LACS
just found the yang to their ying when they combined
their
talents
with the southern
rock guitar riffs, rhythm, and melodies of
HARD TARGET.
RACKET COUNTY
is
the
perfect blend of several music genre’s all wrapped into one nice
package; adorned with a huge bow and a
mason
jar
of apple
pie
moonshine for sweetness.
10,000,000 million viewers
and fans, along with Billboard Rap and Country Charts
agree,
Nowhere
took me somewhere
!”.
This Is
Racket County
, the first track
on the CD,
opens with guitar
riffs reminiscent of Ozzie, and the scratchy record sounds from a
favorite DJ that meets
up
with
Kid Rock, creating not
only a wonderful surprise, but also
the
perfect music blend
introducing
and identifying the
new
band as
RACKET COUNTY.
Moonlight, the
third tract song, is one of my favorites! The
opening
musical
score reminds me of
James Taylor meet
ing
southern rock
for a ride
on a
moonlit country
dirt
road
and howling at the
moon
. It’s
another perfect blend of
music and lyrics
created by
both bands! “
Holla at
the
Moonlight….”
and yes, I throw my hands in the air every time I hear this song!
Just sayin’….
And
j
ust when I was getting used
to the “Dirt Rock-genre” the band and fans coined, I hear this
morsel of goodness!
James Brown
is track number four and one of the funkiest, upbeat songs I have
heard in a long time! I love this song!
It’s
a blend of 70’s
funky
disco era-ish
with an
outlaw
rap
twist.
With
l
yrics like Tonight
I’m
gettin
down like
James
Brown
addressing
social issues such as
politics, big government, blue collar worker views, morals, land of
the free, and
down to
lookin’ confused
like
Bruce Jenner in
the freeway
”. Ha!
I had to laugh at that one! “
Bow-wow
wow-wow wow-wow wow-wowwwww….
Reminiscent
of a DJ Glow party and it’s
hip-hop
rap
dance music, Nowhere,
the fifth track, hits home
with
their
new
“dirt rock” music
. “Hell
I was b
orn and
raised
in
the middle of Nowhere

Georgia myself, so
I can honestly say you learn that hard work and determination will
get you somewhere; anywhere
and
out of there
. You dream big
and you work hard to make those dreams come true. “
Ain’t
nobody ever gave me shit
”,
you have to earn your
way in the world
”, and
learn that sometimes being from
Nowhere
Georgia will actually get you somewhere on th
is
road
called
life.
We don’t take too
kindly to crooked dealings and hinky people, and we dang sure don’t
talk just to hear ourselves speak. We may be nobodies from
the
middle of
Nowhere
Georgia, but “
Nowhere
got us somewhere
” by
being honest, good folk.
Sunday,
the sixth track of the album, is another favorite of mine
as
they change music styles once again
!
This song is more a Bob Marley raggae
island
man
meets a
redneck fisherman who can’t seem to hold a job down for his bad habit
of laying out of work and going fishing every Monday!
A
funny and witty tale that transports me away from life’s reality. It

makes me want to sip on coconut juice
or
an ice cold beer
with my
toes planted in the sand on a beach or river sandbar somewhere.
How
Sunday is
always
spent at home, and
skipping work on Monday
just
so you can
go fishi
ng
seems about right for a country boy/
girls‘s
paradise, don’t you think?
I
think I feel a sickness coming on…..(cough, cough).
Radio,
track
seven,
is the perfect song
about
riding around and getting lost in
nothing
but me
and my own
thoughts
. Climb
in the truck, ride
around
with “
got no
place to go
so I turn
on the
Radio….
set
my
cruise on 75….
and
just ride
”. Getting
lost with
the Radio
on and get
ting
lost in your
own
soul. Turn
the
cell phone off,
crank the
Radio up to
some “
Bob Segar and
Night Moves

but
zeroing in on the dial to some “
They
call me the Breeze” and “
Racket
County
on the Radio”.
Gotta
f
orget the world, shut
it out,
and
hope to God nobody
find
s
you
”. The Radio
and driving is an escape from the real world and all of life’s
complex
hard knocks.
It’s a time to think and breathe,
to
be free; to be You.
So go
ahead, crank it up and sing along! Get lost; just be You and take a
listen to
Radio!
Life On The
Road
, track eight, is a song
about life on the road as a musician and artist.
It’s
not a glamorous life chocked full of money and fame as most think,
but more a reality of
hectic
schedules, demanding
managers, promoters, record labels, producers,
timing,
booking,
rushing for this, rushing
around for that,
every night
is a late night, lots of practice and hard work, miles and miles on a
bus with the same people day in and day out, venue after venue, and
show after show,
the bus
tires roll. Roll away from family and loved ones, roll away into the
unknown, and
roll on
to the next show,
and on,
and on, and on, and on
to
another show.
That’s
Life On The Road

every single day.
Track
nine
, The Truth, is
another favorite with it’s opening intro!
There’s
a lot of truth on the
Radio
and in
the songs
that actually make it to the
airwaves
. Songs; good songs
and great songs come from the heart. They come from experience; they
come from deep in your soul. It is a way of expressing your feelings,
your hurts, your accomplishments,
your
sorrows
. If the song, your
truth
that you have
personally lived through
,
reaches out
to
hit home
with it’s mark and
tugs
on
those heartstrings of
recognition with just one
other
person
‘s heart,
that is
a
good
song,
but to reach out to millions and strike that chord
among
the masses? W
ell, I would
have to say
The Truth
and RACKET COUNTY
won the prize on this one! I
even heard a banjo playing
with
Johnny Cash and “Elvis
wearing
Blue Suede Shoes”
mentioned.
I thought it
a funky hillbilly
diddy,
kinda
mixed
with southern “
dirt rock”.
I really loved the music, the hooks, the references to
Creedance,
Otis
Redding,
Joe Walsh,
Tina Turner and
Garth Brook’s. I loved it all…. and that’s
The Truth!
I
am growing short on space so suffice it to say, the entire album is a
masterpiece!
Nothing,
Snakes In The
Grass
, Keep Walking,
DOA, and DOA-Mix,
track eleven through
fourteen,
respectfully,
are all just as awesome as the
others on the CD. Through all the hard knocks and
Snakes In
The Grass
you encounter in this
business and
in
daily life; you
learn to
pick yourself up, hike your big girl/big boy britches up, and you
Keep Walking with
your head held high.
Why?
Because
you did it, you did
it your
way!
You’re not DOA,
you
‘re RACKET
COUNTY
and you
did it
the DIRT
ROCK
way!
Congratulations guys
, the
middle of somewhere took y’all somewhere”! HUGS:)
Cc:
pdh/
Penney Holley, Country
Music News International, 17 October 2016.

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