The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies' self-titled debut album plays like a gateway between guitar hero classic rock and hippie jam band grooves, often combining both within the confines of a single track. The band certainly doesn't play coy with its sound, as evidenced by the opening song "Shakin' the Blues." Each member of the band gets a mini solo sandwiched between testosterone-induced power chords. Mike Farris' throaty vocals, reminiscent of Widespread Panic's John Bell, provide a constant source of emotion that complements Rick White and Bob Watkins' stellar guitar-driven riffs. The second track, "Ride the Tide," epitomizes the band's sound as an acoustic opening gives way to a full-blown assault of feverish guitar licks and catchy hooks. This pattern is repeated on "Moses Brown," a soulful song about a spiritual man spreading a message to misguided children that they need to rediscover love in the world. The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies aren't breaking any new ground, but the classic rock lover as well as the jam band enthusiast will find this album instantly accessible.
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AllMusic Review by Erik Crawford