Hickory Dichotomy

Album: Stone Temple Pilots (2010)


  • Guitarist Dean DeLeo commented to Musicradar.com: "Basically, it's a country song presented in a rock format. We seem to be able to do that without really trying.
    But now that I say that, I'm reminded that I was listening to a bit of country music before we made this record. There's two cats who just blow my mind: Jimmy Bryant, who was a fast Tele picker, and Speedy West, who played pedal steel. The recordings they did in the late '50s and early '60s were unreal.
    I am not putting myself in their league at all, but they did inspire me quite a bit, as does Jimmy Page, of course - I do a bit of him in the solo."
  • Dean DeLeo told Artist Direct: "I like where the band went with 'Hickory Dichotomy'—this country-honk-big-front-porch-foot-stompin-back-bunny-sort-of-thing [Laughs]. I really feel like I was able to branch out a little bit more on this record and take the liberty to solo a little more with keeping a song at three minutes long. I don't know that fans would really appreciate us doing Tales from Topographic Oceans at this point in our career [Laughs]. Maybe one day soon though, I hope."

Comments: 2

  • Lorren from CincinnatiMiss you Scott.
  • Rita from SocalMan, I miss the Pilots. These guys were so freaking great. RIP Scott, you are dearly missed. I hope you’re finally at peace.
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