Approaching their 30th anniversary next year, Southern Culture on the Skids has parlayed their image as overalled, chicken-flingin' hillbillies into a virtual empire of lowbrow kitsch. On the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, trio's Web site, you can learn how to make "Fried Pickle Stabber Slabbers" or "Apple Juice Pork Ribs," or replenish your stock of tacky SCOTS gear from the "Skidmart." But their music has never been cheesy: SCOTS is a high-powered trio that can tackle everything from rockabilly to surf and swamp-rock, and has particularly astute taste in covers, whether the slicked-up Nashville sounds of 2007's Countrypolitan Favorites LP or the shag-cut '60s soul of Joanna Neel's "Daddy Was a Preacher (But Mama Was a Go-Go Girl)." After inaugurating their own Kudzu Records with 2010's The Kudzu Ranch, SCOTS' latest project is Zombified, their 1998 Australian-only EP now expanded by five songs and remastered to capitalize on the brain-eating wave currently infesting pop culture with Zombieland, The Walking Dead and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.
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