"A Hot Piece of Grass" (Cooking Vinyl; 2005)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

If I could, I would leave three question marks instead of any guitarsaws here, but the boss wouldn't want to listen to this disc to rate it either. I'm not a fan of bluegrass (see my review of "Strummin' With The Devil: The Southern Side Of Van Halen"; it was hideous) and anytime I hear a watered down, toothless, plucking version of any rock songs I want to commit acts worse than the average person -- such as burning popcorn to mask the stench left behind by the "music."

This disc has some classic rock songs on it that have replaced the familiar guitar with a banjo. The music is good, I'll give them that but why, why, why? Some of the band's other discs have different songs on them and unless your hitting Branson for a good time I doubt these songs will ever make it onto anybody's MP3 player.

The songs they turn into "Deliverance" favorites are:
Black Dog
War Pigs
Ace Of Spades
Whole Lotta Love
Whole Lotta Rosie
Runnin' With The Devil

There are some bluegrass songs that round out the last half of the disc that have some sweet picking on them.  These guys can play but I think they should leave the rock songs to those who own amplifiers and know how to use them.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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