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GIDEON SMITH AND THE DIXIE DAMNED
30 WEIGHT
SMALL STONE

Beefed up with a distinctly darker disposition than what country-tinged blues music normally delivers, Gideon Smith and The Dixie Damned hails their return to the circuit with a jarringly eclectic mix of styles on latest release 30 WEIGHT. This 11-track endeavor finds the North Carolina-based Smith dabbling with a number of different vocal approaches, channeling everyone from Danzig to Hank III over a drastically altering musical landscape skillfully switching from Damned-esque doom rock (“Shining Star”) and brawny biker rock (“Ride With Me”) to jangly acoustic guitar twang (“When I Die”) and a Gothically-charged St. Vitus cover of “I Bleed Black”. Presenting this mixed bag of swagger with a cosmically fortified stream of consciousness (“Born to the Highway”), Gideon Smith reveals a shadowy side to his musical repertoire without dropping the accolade-garnishing stoner rock chock full of southern charm.
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