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The Mother Truckers

Little Steven recently bestowed "­Coolest Song in the World" honors on Austin's Mother Truckers.

You know the old saying "a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll?" Austin's Mother Truckers are more like a whole lot of country, a shit-ton of rock and roll, but the two halves of that soon-to-be cliché aren't mutually exclusive. Sure, the Truckers can throw down with some genre-straddling Americana, rocking a pretty bluegrass mandolin alongside Southern-fried rock riffs worthy of a Marvin Zindler reference, but they're just as capable of choosing sides. Teal Collins's powerful, evocative vocals add both heft and emotional credibility when the band chooses the dusty road, and Josh Zee's workmanlike guitar turns incendiary when the band reaches for rock glory. You remember that scene in Back to the Future where Marty McFly cuts loose on "Johnny B. Goode," and his pre-Chuck Berry audience absolutely loses it? That's The Mother Truckers, especially the part where McFly loses his shit and starts kicking over amplifiers.

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