Some future historian may draw a line that stretches from the crazed country singers of the 1920s to the music of The Legendary Shack Shakers, and it's remarkable that Shack Shakers frontman J.D. Wilkes has contrived to combine old-time string-band music and heavy metal into a synthesis that would have given pause to Dock Boggs himself. Listening to the music of the Shack Shakers — and that of Wilkes' other band, The Dirt Daubers, which features Wilkes' wife, Jessica — I get off on the collision of styles and on Wilkes' deadpan delivery. The same goes for Split Lip Rayfield, a Kansas trio who specialize in funny, thrashing songs — "A Little More Cocaine Please" is a good example — they perform on, you guessed it, acoustic instruments. Is any of this an advance on The Cramps or The Panther Burns? Only time will tell.