Following several Southern-rock detours, the Kentucky Headhunters returned to their country-rock roots on Stompin' Grounds. For the record, the brothers Young reunited with the brothers Phelps, which does reinvigorate the Headhunters sound. Still, the extra muscle and skill doesn't necessarily make Stompin' Grounds a return to form. Certainly, it's a stronger record than Rave On! or That'll Work, but they show a lack of imagination -- after all, the first single is a cover of "Singin' the Blues" -- which makes the record somewhat stultifying. It's nice to hear them play, to be sure, but their whole style sounds considerably less energetic and exciting than it did years before.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens