Bolsa de Agua

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Barnes & Noble - Rob Kemp
It's been a twisted road for Texas' roots-rocking Gourds. Beginning as the roots-punking Picket Line Coyotes in Dallas, singer/guitarist Kevin Russell and vocalist/bassist Jimmy Smith then proceeded to Austin to mutate their band into a unit just as likely to cover Snoop Dogg and David Bowie as they were to evoke Merle Haggard and Doug Sahm. The Gourds' fourth long player, Bolsa de Agua (which is dedicated to the recently deceased Sahm), finds the band sounding less warped than before, channeling and customizing all manner of styles, from Cajun ("Receipts and Letters"), straight country-and-western ("O Rings"), western swing ("Turn My Head Around"), big dumb rock ("High ...
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Barnes & Noble - Rob Kemp
It's been a twisted road for Texas' roots-rocking Gourds. Beginning as the roots-punking Picket Line Coyotes in Dallas, singer/guitarist Kevin Russell and vocalist/bassist Jimmy Smith then proceeded to Austin to mutate their band into a unit just as likely to cover Snoop Dogg and David Bowie as they were to evoke Merle Haggard and Doug Sahm. The Gourds' fourth long player, Bolsa de Agua (which is dedicated to the recently deceased Sahm), finds the band sounding less warped than before, channeling and customizing all manner of styles, from Cajun ("Receipts and Letters"), straight country-and-western ("O Rings"), western swing ("Turn My Head Around"), big dumb rock ("High Highs and Low Lows"), and celtic jigs (the instrumental "Bugs). With ex-Wilco/Freakwater multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston in the band's lineup and ex-True Believer Jon Dee Graham and Damnations TX singer Deborah Kelly guesting, the Gourds emerge on Bolsa de Agua as a state-of-the-art Americana combo.
All Music Guide - John Duffy
Only a few groups The Silos, Tragically Hip, Los Lobos among them have ever come close to capturing the true spirit of the Band. Many have tried, but most have fallen miserably flat. Bolsa de Agua is album number four for the Gourds, but with the recent addition of journeyman alt-country six-stringer Max Johnson, all the pieces are in place: players with several instruments in their expertise, a compassion for a wide variety of traditional American music forms, a carefree studio vibe, lyrics that even when they seem tossed off are pure poetry, and distinct voices that can take on many different personalities. Mixing bluegrass, honky tonk, gospel, and a passing strain of Dixieland or Appalachian dance music and spicing it all up with unorthodox arrangements, the Gourds have created as original a template for Americana music as that group that called Woodstock home did with their first two albums, Music From Big Pink and The Band. Even traditional-sounding country tunes like "Meat off the Bone" and "O Rings" are more than just exercises in genre, since songwriters Johnston, Jimmy Smith, and Kev Russell write with a dust-bowl poetic determination and a wry sense of irony. A country-gospel-like "Jesus Christ With Signs Following" is, in fact, a story on just how little a difference faith can make in the bitter realities of life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891392028
  • Catalog Number: 3920
  • Sales rank: 264,664

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Paso (3:08)
  2. 2 Jesus Christ (With Signs Following) (4:04)
  3. 3 Big Santiago Bust (1:40)
  4. 4 Receipts and Fevers (3:47)
  5. 5 Pickles (2:59)
  6. 6 O Rings (3:07)
  7. 7 Bugs (3:11)
  8. 8 Waterbag (4:06)
  9. 9 Hallelujah Shine (3:34)
  10. 10 Layin Around the House (2:35)
  11. 11 Meat off the Bone (3:44)
  12. 12 Flamenco Cabaret (2:33)
  13. 13 Turn My Head Around (4:20)
  14. 14 Tearbox (2:18)
  15. 15 High Highs and Low Lows (7:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gourds Primary Artist
Jon Dee Graham Lap Steel Guitar
Max Johnson Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar (Resonator)
Max Johnston Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Keith Langford Percussion, Drums
Claude Bernard Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Jimmy Smith Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Mike Stewart Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Andy Taub Engineer
The Gourds Producer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Mike Stewart Producer
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