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Listen: At Home With Southern Culture On The Skids

WEXT/Dave Michaels

The year is 1983. Michael Jackson's Thriller hits #1 in the U.S. U2 release their 3rd album War. And a band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina forms and begins cranking out a cornbread mixture of honky-tonk and rockabilly with a punk edge and heaps of humor.

It's hard to believe that Southern Culture On The Skids (Rick Miller - guitar and vocals, Mary Huff - bass and vocals, Dave Hartman - drums) have been playing together for over 30 years. Their musical journey has taken them from all-night North Carolina house parties to late night TV talk shows (Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show), from performing at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan to rockin’ out for the inmates at North Carolina correctional facilities. They’ve shared a stage with many musical luminaries including Link Wray, Loretta Lynn, Hasil Adkins and Patti Smith. Their music has been featured in movies and TV, parodied by Weird Al, and used to sell everything from diamonds to pork sausage.

In this At Home session, Dave Michaels chats with Rick Miller and Mary Huff about their new album At Home With Southern Culture On The Skids. The 11-track album was recorded and mixed in Rick's living room during the COVID-19 pandemic.