Jesse And The Hoggs, might just be Country Music’s answer to The Bloodhound Gang. One of the reasons for that, may be that the band doesn’t consider themselves Country at all. Jesse And The Hoggs have illustriously deemed themselves as, Cow Punk. The mere sight of this proposed genre on paper is riotous enough to leave you with no choice, but to quench your curiosity. With their recent effort, Get Hammered, you likely won’t be disappointed in giving Jesse And The Hoggs, a chance.
“Cream Gravy” is one of the more bizarre pieces on the record, which is of course, saying something. With surreal lyrics, such as My cousin, Merle lives with a lady/Eats everything with lots of cream gravy/everybody likes it on their chicken fried steak/I could pour it on my chocolate cake, this one is a bit indiscernible. The shuffle on “Cream Gravy”, really drives it, as the drummer shows remarkable composure and posture. The band, themselves, should really be commended here for holding such a steady rhythm, that isn’t as easy it is made to sound. This is one of the more lighthearted and innocuous tracks on the album.
Keeping up with the theme of food inspired topics, “Love Buckets” is actually a tender ballad, told from the perspective of a sugar baby. Well your butt’s as big as Texas/but you bought me my new Lexus. There are obviously several instances on this record, that will leave you scratching your head, and while this track has its moments, it ultimately feels a bit mean spirited. The song’s narrator does refer to the quote unquote, Sugar Momma, as looking like a million bucks, but it feels more like mockery than sentiment, and it conjures more sadness than laughter. One of the bright spots, is a well-placed fiddle, that does its best to infuse romance into an otherwise insensitive jaunt.
“Biker Ann,” tells the story of a woman who can drink most men, under the table. The guitar work on this one, is exceptional. There’s a great steel guitar tone, that only this genre can offer in an appropriated and ephemeral way. With two tracks, the lead slapped atop the rhythm, gives the song a layered musicality that is missing on others. This one will get you moving, regardless of your regional placement, as its stereotypical twang, sounds like what most assume country living to be.
Get Hammered is a complete effort by Jesse and Family. It’s a satisfying listen that is careful not to overstay its welcome. It will take an extremely uptight and close minded individual to not find some humor in the antics of Jesse And The Hoggs. Even if their content does border on the opposite end of political correctness, more often than not, Jesse And Company don’t take themselves seriously, whatsoever. Whether we should take Jesse And The Hoggs seriously, is up for debate, but there is no harm in being entertained by them.