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The Gourds

The Gourds are a good-time, honky tonkin' band with enough quirk and underground appeal to justify the "alternative" tag in "alternative country-rock." Part of Austin's vibrant scene and popular performers at the city's national music showcase SXSW, the Gourds first gained the attention of the No Depression crowd with the drunken porch jam sound of their debut, Dem's Good Beeble, in 1997. The band's quirks came out more on its follow-up, 1998's Stadium Blitzer, with songs of questionable subject matter (not offensive, just truly befuddling) like "Plaid Coat" and the goofy "I Ate the Haggis."

Later that year, the Gourds broke through to college radio with a couple of covers on the live EP Gogitchershinebox. While their cover of "Ziggy Stardust" may have raised some eyebrows, it was the Gourds' galloping twang remake of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" that really captured listeners' imaginations. Unfortunately, the demise of Watermelon Records took their recordings out of print right after the release of their third album, Ghosts of Hallelujah, in 1999. Happily, Sugar Hill Records stepped in, and without missing a beat, the Gourds' fourth album, Bolsa de Agua, came out the following year. Over the next year, Sugar Hill also reissued the rest of the Gourds' existing catalog.

The Texas group started out with multi-instrumentalist/vocalists Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith (who also shared songwriting duties), accordionist Claude Bernard, and drummer Charlie Llewellin. In late 1997/early 1998, Llewellin was replaced by a longtime friend of the band, Keith Langford, who was kicked out of the Damnations TX when his bandmates saw that he wanted to join the Gourds but might feel too bad about quitting to actually leave them. Then, after playing banjo, fiddle, and more on Ghosts of Hallelujah, Max Johnston (of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco) also became an official member of the band. With the new lineup intact, the Gourds released Bolsa de Agua in the summer of 2000, Cow Fish Fowl or Pig in 2002, Blood of the Ram in 2004, Heavy Ornamentals in 2006, Noble Creatures in 2007, and Haymaker! in 2009. They also provided the score to the Mike Woolf documentary Growin' a Beard. The band inked a deal with Vanguard Records the following year, and began work on its tenth studio album. The resulting Old Mad Joy, produced by longtime Bob Dylan sideman Larry Campbell and recorded at Levon Helm's studio in upstate New York, arrived in October 2011. ~ Joslyn Layne, Rovi
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Want them so bad
nomadcattle
more Gin & Juice please
rickz46
love this s**t!!!!
chris.tucker 8
Please come back to Charlotte, NC!!!!!!!!! I'll bring the whiskey.
Come back to Beaufort n c
thanks for the show LAWRENCE KANSAS last night
They killed it at the Mercury Lounge in NYC last night and Patrick Sweany as opener and sitting in for two was amazing.
cthrntrout
cow fish fowl or pig is one of my favorite albums i've ever come across.
I need a little help from you knowledgeabl e Gourds fans with an album purchase. I have Shinebox & love it. What I've heard on Pandora is mostly from Haymaker, Lower 48 & Blood of the Ram. I've liked everything I've heard. FWIW, I particularly like Gin & Juice, Omaha, Lower 48, Illegal Oyster, Turd, Burn the Honeysuckle, Shreveport & Tex Mex Mile. Recommendati o n s ?
Sorry, but despite The Gourds many quirky talents in general, a song Pandora likes to play, Tex-Mex Mile, is an unabashed rip-off of Dave Dudley's Six Days on the Road. A little picky, I know, but a group this good should know better.
The Gourds are coming back to The Kessler January 6th 2012
claytoncmill e r 1
playing durango on 11-11-11 can't wait to see em again!!!
I went to Austin with a band a few years ago and intended to see the Gourds whlie I was there. But my bandmates and I got kicked out of the bar where they were playing. Sorry everybody! They are still my favorite band I have never seen.
Saw them last year in Falls Church, VA, great show!!! I wish they would head east again...Floy d f e s t 2012 would be a wonderful venue for their music!
judyjharrige r
Love this band, love this song!
Best greasy lip smackin cake shakin shuckin live band you'll see anywhere. Just saw em at the Old Settlers Music Fest in Driftwood TX. Hands down my favorite band. Have all their CDs, even the out-of-print early stuff.
saw them in portland instant fans! love em!
absolutely love these guys. i wish they would come to the east coast, but damnit one day i'm going to fly to austin just to see them!
I like the fact that Max is Michelle Shocked's bro..
Hope they have some chandeliers at The Kessler...be c a u s e we going to shake some!!If you never seen these guys you are in for a hell rais'in goodtime!!
pshimm
IMO, the greatest band in the universe. Great guys too!
JANUARY 7TH THE KESSLER THEATER, OAK CLIFF
Check out Shinyribs, which is Kevin Russell's (lead singer)solo project. It's fantastic.
Is one of the members carrying a purse? That's good stuff.
thomas.tharr i n g t o n
gourd and truckers would kick a**
Saw 'em this year at the Norman Music Festival, right before James McMurtry. Great show!!!
stusstang
Would love to see some older albums
I need some Jorge!
gourd and truckers kick a**
psubrett
How bout some early stuff?
these guys are great. Almost as good as the derailers. and the mavericks and david ball and lyle lovett. In other words, they are some of the best out there. oh yeah and leroy parnell and the vaughn brothers. these boys are in some damn good company. man there's somthing about music made in texas. earle,tanya, e l y , g i l l e y .
I never thought I'd hear Snoop Dogg covered with mandolins, and I never thought it would take the original to a whole OTHER level, but I'll be damned if the Gourds didn't pull just THAT off... my hat's off to the talented nuts who dreamed that one up! kudos!
Where's Cow, Fish, Fowl or Pig?
Saw the gourds on Austin City limits...... . . . . . . a w e s o m e is all I can say
The Gourds are the BEST LIVE BAND IN AMERICA TODAY!
Everyone must check out The Gourds. Great songs, wonderful musicians!

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