Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Immortal Lee County Killers - Love Is A Charm Of Powerful Trouble (2003)


"The Immortal Lee County Killers were an American punk blues band from mid-1999 to 2007, formed in Auburn, Alabama. Their recording style was very DIY, with Weise using foot-operated instrumental controls and two full-volumed amplifiers. Four months after forming they recorded ‘The Essential Fucked Up Blues’, released in 2001 on Estrus followed by ‘Love is a Charm of Powerful Trouble’ in 2003, and ‘These Bones Will Rise to Love You Again’ in 2005. The two members were vocalist/guitarist Chetley “Cheetah” Weise (ex-The Quadrajets) and drummer Doug “The Boss” Sherrard. Their punk influences were in the vein of garage punk, and their blues influences focused on Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues styles. Chet went on to form Silver Lion’s 20/20, who play music in a similar vein."

I was in DIRE needs of some blues. I really love the old school Delta blues style stuff like Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters. I mean yeah sure, I could go about listening to these but I was like LETS SEE IF I CAN FIND A BLEND OF BLUES... AND PUNK! Well, here you have it folks. THAT blend at it's finest. The Immortal Lee County Killers takes that old school Mississippi Delta blues style, combines it with some lo-fi as fuck garage recordings similar to MC5, and throws in a an angsty punk side to it in vein of Black Flag. This album coincidentally starts out with a track called Robert Johnson, a homage to the legend of course, that just pummels your face in with twangy guitars and heavy, heavy distortion everywhere. What I move love and respect about these guys is the fact that most of it's DIY, coming from their punk roots of course. As their discography progresses, their albums get a bit softer and softer. I'm not saying it's a bad thing but it definitely takes away from the punk element. I've been listening to this band a lot the entire week and I've only gotten great listening experiences out of them. Do yourself a favor and get in touch with your inner blues and pick up this album. I promise it won't disappoint.


  1. seriously I love you, I've been looking for something I could get online for days. Thank you. Is there any other links you would know of?


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