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The Gourds release a "Haymaker!"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 – Austin-based band The Gourds released the first country CD of the year Tuesday with "Haymaker!" (Yep Roc). The group consists of Claude Bernard on accordion and piano, Max Johnston on vocals and guitar, Keith Langford on drums, Jimmy Smith on vocals and bass and Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell on vocals and guitar. Some band members play a multitude of instruments.

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Haymaker! CD review - Haymaker!
For the past 15 years, The Gourds have been known for their legendary stamina. Live shows are events that attract loyal (and testosterone-heavy) audiences. The buzz around their latest is that it captures that live show energy. That's a pretty big promise. On stage, the five musicians are larger than life physically and especially musically because of their big voices and impressive instrument rotations. There is a lot of energy here, especially the tunes by Kevin "Shinyribs" »»»
Noble Creatures CD review - Noble Creatures
There are other good bands out of Austin, but is anyone wittier and wilder than The Gourds? (Their website,, touts them as "music for the unwashed and well-read.") At their best, their musicianship is superb, their lyrics playful and wacky and intriguing, in, say, a John Prine sense, and their chemistry rocks. Longtime fans, however, will find this latest CD a mixed bag. Horns jam with the band on the opening cut, an organ thickens many of the other tunes, the »»»
Heavy Ornamentals CD review - Heavy Ornamentals
The Gourds, those weird and wacky Texas twisters of language and inventors of their own musical stew, are back with another mish mash of songs to whet your appetite. Moving just as easily from zydeco to folk, from waltzes to foot-stompin' beats and from blues to country rock, these Austin natives continue to confound critics and defy classification. In today's world of assimilated sounds and mainstream Nashville copycats, this genre-bending style is definitely a good thing. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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