Growin' a Beard

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Although the soundtrack to Mike Woolf's documentary Growin' a Beard is not an essential dynamic in the Gourds' musical canon, it is a nice addition and a wonderful insight as to how well the bandmembers work effortlessly together. Woolf's documentary immortalized the annual beard-growing contest that takes place in Shamrock, TX, where contestants grow Donegal beards -- the style of which is sans mustache; e.g., Abraham Lincoln's style -- between January 1 and St. Patrick's Day. His decision to secure the Gourds for the soundtrack is a brilliant one, if not only because the Gourds fit entirely into his vision of humor without novelty, but also because the Gourds' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Although the soundtrack to Mike Woolf's documentary Growin' a Beard is not an essential dynamic in the Gourds' musical canon, it is a nice addition and a wonderful insight as to how well the bandmembers work effortlessly together. Woolf's documentary immortalized the annual beard-growing contest that takes place in Shamrock, TX, where contestants grow Donegal beards -- the style of which is sans mustache; e.g., Abraham Lincoln's style -- between January 1 and St. Patrick's Day. His decision to secure the Gourds for the soundtrack is a brilliant one, if not only because the Gourds fit entirely into his vision of humor without novelty, but also because the Gourds' bassist, Jimmy Smith, has often sported a Donegal during the band's tenure, tying the film and group together quite nicely. According to the liner notes written by Woolf, the songs here were arranged and recorded in one evening over a 12-pack of Guinness and a quart of Maker's Mark. Surprisingly, the performances are elegant and confident, yet raw and unpolished, which gives the impression that the group members are so comfortable with each other that there is nothing they couldn't accomplish. A clear window into the group's personality is provided by this graceful looseness, coupled with Woolf's insistence that the recordings are sequenced as they were laid down no sequencing, no editing. The commentary and vocal improvisations that pepper the sessions highlight the wit that has made the Gourds such an anomaly in rock, keeping Growin' a Beard a poor place for the uninitiated to start, but an excellent addition to the Gourds' catalog for die-hard fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: ASPYR MEDIA INC
  • UPC: 618870701509
  • Catalog Number: 70150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lion's Mane (2:12)
  2. 2 Lion's Mane Instrumental (0:33)
  3. 3 Chief of the Fuzzers (2:39)
  4. 4 Chief of the Fuzzers (4:28)
  5. 5 Shamrock Bound (2:23)
  6. 6 Shamrock Bound (4:41)
  7. 7 Claude's Lament (4:53)
  8. 8 Hangman Drums (0:55)
  9. 9 Hangman (4:27)
  10. 10 Max's Hoe-Down (1:51)
  11. 11 Max's Plucky Hoe-Down (1:48)
  12. 12 Route 66 (1:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Growin' a Beard
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gourds Primary Artist
Dale Watson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Andrew Yates Camera Operator
Wally Williams Studio Chief
Kyle Crusham Engineer
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