Considering today’s Red State Blue State dialectic, you’d think Alternative Tentacles with our “San Francisco values” and a Southern-fried party band from Baton Rouge (which translates to “RED stick”), Louisiana would be like oil and water. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong!
AT and Dash Rip Rock continue the joint enterprise that began with the 20-year retrospective Recyclone in 2005. This is a classic from the undisputed kings of Southern country punk. Hee Haw Hell blows any stereotypes about Red staters, punks, and country rockers out of the water with the genius of its conceit: it’s a country punk opera based on Dante’s Inferno! With spoken parts and good ol’ rock-n-roll, Dash Rip Rock tells the story of Donkey’s tour of Hell (populated by ghosts of Lynrd Skynrd and hippie jam bands) with Ol’ Virg. As if a country-punkified version of a 14th century Italian epic poem isn’t over the top, guest stars (including Mojo Nixon, The Upper Crust, and Jello Biafra!) guarantee that Hee Haw Hell is a thespian and musical piece de resistance.
If you can party to a Southern rock legend AND learn about Dante by osmosis at the same time, then what you got here is called a win-win situation.