No Fools, No Fun

No Fools, No Fun

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by Puss N Boots
     
 

Puss N Boots began performing in N.Y.C. nightclubs in 2008 but didn't deliver their debut, No Fools, No Fun, until the summer of 2014 -- a pretty good indication that this group was intended as something of a lark. All three musicians -- Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones -- keep themselves busy with solo day jobs that range from in-demandSee more details below

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Puss N Boots began performing in N.Y.C. nightclubs in 2008 but didn't deliver their debut, No Fools, No Fun, until the summer of 2014 -- a pretty good indication that this group was intended as something of a lark. All three musicians -- Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones -- keep themselves busy with solo day jobs that range from in-demand supporting musicians to full-time superstars, but Puss N Boots affords the trio an opportunity to indulge in their shared love of country and other pieces of ramshackle Americana. Jones has another part-time country band, but where she's the frontwoman for the Little Willies, Puss N Boots is decidedly a collaborative affair, finding Jones, Dobson, and Popper harmonizing and trading leads, often within the course of a song. The group follows no straight path and neither does No Fools, No Fun. It's half covers, half originals, part live and part studio, the different parts sitting side by side, adding up to a curious record whose raggedness feels like a statement of purpose. Puss N Boots celebrates the moments that don't add up, the places where the present blurs with the past, delivering songs with a sly wink that camouflages a teary eye. No Fools, No Fun is never rowdy -- the closest it comes is the train-track beat of Jones' original "Don't Know What It Means" -- but there's an earthiness to the trio's chemistry that signals how deeply the group knows each other's strengths and weaknesses. This is where Puss N Boots' long history of woodshedding pays off: far from sounding like a busman's holiday, there's a shared past that's evident in every moment of this debut, and that natural, relaxed camaraderie is the reason why No Fools, No Fun is such an appealing listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2014
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0602537836055
catalogNumber:
002080402
Rank:
24251

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Puss N Boots   Primary Artist
Norah Jones   Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Catherine Popper   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Sasha Dobson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Jay Bennett   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Jeb Loy Nichols   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Norah Jones   Composer
Catherine Popper   Composer
Sasha Dobson   Composer
Joel Hamilton   Engineer

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