Tony Stampley - Rebelution
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Rebelution (Tri Chord, 2000)

Tony Stampley

Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

Tony Stampley is the son of country music veteran Joe Stampley. Listening to his debut album, however, might make you believe that this son calls another man daddy. To paraphrase an old song, if you don't like Hank Williams Jr., you can kiss Tony Stampley's ass. Everything about the record - the music, the lyrics, the vocal styling - just screams "BOCEPHUS!." Stampley co-wrote all the songs, one of which ("You Won't Mind The Rain") also appeared on a recent album by - surprise! - Hank Williams Jr. along with several other Stampley songs.

"American Offline" (alternate title: "There Goes My WEA Contract") and "Dirt Road Rock 'N' Roll" are right up Bocephus alley, while "I Hate To See You Go (But I Love To Watch You Walk Away)" is the kind of ditty that has made Hank Jr. a longtime poster boy at N.O.W. dart games. "Dr. Jesus" may seem too spiritual, and "He Never Said He Loved Me" too sensitive, but they still have the musical grooves down. You'd better get ready. All of Hank Jr.'s rowdy friends are coming over to the CD store tonight - to buy this Tony Stampley disc.

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