Stadium Blitzer

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
To the uninitiated, the title Stadium Blitzer is more likely to conjure up images of German metal music than Americana by way of Texas. Americana, however, complete with accordions and mandolins, is what the Gourds are all about. Originally recorded in 1997, this album received a wider 2001 release, thanks to the folks at Sugar Hill. The first thing one notes when delving into the Gourds music is the richness of their sound. Atmospheric, varied, and tasteful, Claude Bernard, Jimmy Smith, and Kevin Russell play multiple instruments and write their own material. A wonderful piece like "Raining in Port Arthur" brings to mind other Texas alumni like Terry Allen, while ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
To the uninitiated, the title Stadium Blitzer is more likely to conjure up images of German metal music than Americana by way of Texas. Americana, however, complete with accordions and mandolins, is what the Gourds are all about. Originally recorded in 1997, this album received a wider 2001 release, thanks to the folks at Sugar Hill. The first thing one notes when delving into the Gourds music is the richness of their sound. Atmospheric, varied, and tasteful, Claude Bernard, Jimmy Smith, and Kevin Russell play multiple instruments and write their own material. A wonderful piece like "Raining in Port Arthur" brings to mind other Texas alumni like Terry Allen, while "Boil My Strings" may remind one of the Bad Livers. These varied sources all merge into a potent gumbo-like mixture, transcending their origins to create beautiful, jaunty tunes like "Lament" and "Plaid Coat." The band is equally apt at turning out rockers like "Magnolia," Tex-Mex like "Coppermine," and slightly off-kilter country like "When the Money Comes Rolling In." Call their approach eclectic. Both Bernard and Russell's vocals, separately and together, sound great. It would have been nice to have the printed lyrics to study over a cup of coffee, because these fellows do have something to say. But this isn't too big of a deal an industrious person can find the lyrics at the Gourds' web page. Chances are, repeated listens inspired by the eclectic music on Stadium Blitzer will clarify any mysteries. The Gourds have made a fine album, deeply rooted and finely executed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891392325
  • Catalog Number: 3923
  • Sales rank: 260,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lament (4:36)
  2. 2 Plaid Coat (2:13)
  3. 3 Magnolia (2:50)
  4. 4 Stadium Blitzer (2:23)
  5. 5 LGO (2:40)
  6. 6 Boil My Strings (3:11)
  7. 7 Coppermine (2:25)
  8. 8 Maria (3:28)
  9. 9 Raining in Port Arthur (4:41)
  10. 10 Dyin' Diamond (3:08)
  11. 11 When the Money Comes Rolling In (3:59)
  12. 12 I Ate the Haggis (2:42)
  13. 13 Cold Bed (3:46)
  14. 14 Pushed Her Down (3:11)
  15. 15 Pine Island Bayou (3:12)
  16. 16 I Like Drinking (5:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gourds Primary Artist
Mark Wood Trombone
Kevin Russell Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Vocals, Noise
Jon Dee Graham Lap Steel Guitar
Charlie Llewellin Trap Kit
J.J. Jamieson Harp
Tim Kinard Trumpet
Amy Boone Piano
Claude Bernard Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, Vocals
Jimmy Smith Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Maracas, Vocals, Noise, Trap Kit
Mike Stewart Hand Clapping
Mark Word Trombone
Rob Bernard Banjo, Guitar
Technical Credits
Kevin Russell Composer, Sound Effects
Charlie Llewellin Contributor
The Gourds Producer
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Keith Langford Contributor
Boo Macleod Engineer
Jimmy Smith Composer, Sound Effects
Mike Stewart Producer, Contributor
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