Drew's Famous Country Western Party Music collects 16 re-recorded versions of country and country-themed hits, including "Achy Breaky Heart," "Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," and "Okie From Muskogee." Nearly all of the versions are stiff and canned-sounding, although in the case of "Cotton Eye Joe," a cover of Rednex's dance-country novelty hit, it's not much of a change from the original. The track listing is very odd, bypassing many country hits for a version of the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies and a cover of Queen's not-very-country-at-all "This Thing Called Love" and a version of Woody Guthrie's folk anthem "This Land Is Your Land." However, the collection also features some surprisingly not-bad versions of bluegrass and old-timey songs such as "Man of Constant Sorrow," "Rocky Top," and "Orange Blossom Special." The version of Tracy Byrd's "Watermelon Crawl" is another highlight, a straightforwardly performed rendition of a catchy country single that is all too rare on this album. Drew's Famous Country Western Party Music is both too eclectic and too derivative for its own good.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares