With David Allan Coe playing Screamin' Willies in Columbus January 28, it seemed liked a good time to take a look at a lesser known album that Metal-heads and Country fans should both know about. Released on May 2, 2006 "Rebel Meets Rebel" was a crossover project featuring David Allan Coe and Pantera members Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown. Recorded during down time from their main projects (DAC solo and Pantera) from 2001 to 2002, "Rebel Meets Rebel" was not actually released until May 2, 2006, 2 years after the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell in Columbus on December 8, 2004.
Not a perfect album, but still a good listen, especially if you are a fan of both genres of music. Songs such as "Rebel Meets Rebel" and "One Nite Stands" are a couple of the best examples of the party vibed, riff filled tracks that fill out most of the album. Other songs like "Cherokee Cry" are a good example of songs either not being thought out as well as they could have been or just not given the time they needed. Even bringing in fellow modern Country legend Hank Williams III was not enough to round out "Get Outta' My Life" to much more than a mediocre song. The production of the album being more of a side project drawn out over a couple of years definitely seems to have hurt the over all sound and theme of the album, leaving some of the songs to not reach the full potential/sound they seemed capable of.
Having a few short comings in theme and over all sound, majority of the songs on the album are good listens. Ultimately a good and fun album to listen too and hands down the best release from David Allan Coe in recent history. If you're a fan of artist such as Hellyeah and Hank Williams III, or are like me and want to hear anything featuring guitar master Dimebag Darrell, this is definitely an album for you.