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Educated Hillbillies, The Phantom Drummer, and the Relentless Acoustic Decibels of a Commando Jam: The Wilders Live Up to Their Name on Someone’s Got to Pay

When hillbilly band The Wilders first named themselves, they didn’t realize the moniker itself was a bit of old-time snake oil; less of a description, and more a prediction. The foursome also didn’t know they had the power to invoke a fifth paranormal band member now known as the Phantom Drummer. But this is just what comes to light on their new album, Someone’s Got to Pay, an Americana album sequenced around a real life murder trial (or as the lyrics say, “An old murder ballad come to life”) and filled out with original tracks that conjure up small town crazies and wrecked lives. But don’t let the dark subject matter fool you. The Wilders just got wilder and the music is more engaging then ever.

The Wilders—with a musical soul that lies in the Ozarks—have been heading this way for quite a while. There are the dobro and banjo, old-time fiddle tunes, and allegiances to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. There are the old-time songs, heartbreak, and hard-driving honky tonk subject matter. But out of necessity the Americana band’s early days required drastic measures that set them on a raucous and innovative course.

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  • snowdin

    These folks are just a flat out awesome ass-kickin-takin-names-N-spitin-out-the-bones-americana-rhythm-machine. I like I like. Give the Phantom a Dram, eh?

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jobermallow

    The Wilders flat out rock! The albums only give you a small taste of a live show- do yourself a favor if they come within 50 miles of where you are and go see them!

    1 Jan 2010 Reply
  • schlabuffke

    We enjoyed the band in Eisleben/Germany in January 2009. They were very authentic and the concert was absolutely fabulous!

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • invasivenorman

    The recent addition of self-penned songs is amazing. They make me wish I was back in Kansas City.

    9 Jun 2008 Reply

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