Southern Culture On The Skids

Re-record an entire album 20 years later? Yeah, that makes sense if you’re the beloved North Carolina cult-band, SCOTS.

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From their recent release:

Southern Culture on the Skids has re-recorded every SCOTS original song from 1994’s Ditch Digging and releases Dig This on October 29, 2013 through the band’s own Kudzu Records. Listen & share “Lordy Lordy” and find out why you dug SCOTS in the first place.

Singer/guitarist, Rick Miller recalls the inspiration, “We have a drainage ditch that runs by the Kudzu Ranch that had been left unattended for so long it was not doing its job. I decided to dig a new ditch or at least upgrade the old ditch. I was dragging tree limbs, shoveling the muck, looking for turtles and watching for snakes and humming the riff to “Ditch Digging.” That is when it dawned on me that it had been almost 20 years since we recorded the album of the same name, and all those songs could use an upgrade to 2013 specs just like this ditch I am sweating over right now, but instead of a shovel – I’d use a guitar. Easier on the back!”

Included in all packages, LP, CD and Digital is a free download of karaoke instrumental tracks and lyric sheet. Bassist/vocalist, Mary Huff loves the Karaoke — Marioke as the band calls it — so much that at her request they will be having a karaoke contest. More details will be forthcoming!

The Chapel Hill, NC trio Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since 1983. Rick Miller – guitar/vox, Mary Huff – bass/vox and Dave Hartman – drums, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country fried garage with a side of psych. It’s a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.” For over 30 years, the band have toured everywhere from the NC Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan, delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.” Other recent releases include 2010’s The Kudzu Ranch and 2011’s Zombified.

On October 1, 2013 Yep Roc released Mondo Zombie Boogaloo, an album and tour celebrating Halloween. The album is a collection of new music from Southern Culture on the Skids plus The Fleshtones and Los Straitjackets. The set includes originals and standards from each band and promises to put listeners in a spooky mood for the Halloween season. SCOTS contributes four original songs: “The Loneliest Ghost In Town,” “Tingler Blues,” “La Marcha De Los Cabarones,” “Demon Death” plus a spellbinding cover of Ronnie Cook’s “Goo Goo Muck.” Mondo Zombie Boogaloo is sure to revive both the living and dead this Halloween.

Southern Culture on the Skids is already prepping for a busy Spring 2014. Yep Roc will release a SCOTS/Fred Schneider collaboration called “Party At My Trouse” B/W “Hey Mary.” The songs were recorded at The Kudzu Ranch and feature a couple unforgettable Mary and Fred duets. Available on 12″ and 7” vinyl, the release will be available for Record Store Day 2014. The Southern Folklife Collection at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will also feature the band’s history and musical contribution through an exhibition of photos, music and artifacts.