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Before MTV created Unplugged, X released a shrewd blend of country, traditional and original songs, as the Knitters, minus Billy Zoom plus Johnny Ray Bartel and Dave Alvin. No longer struggling to incorporate their love of roots musics into their own hard rock sound, X gave over to the acoustic project Poor Little Critter on the Road with songs like "Someone Like You" and "Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away." John Doe's version of Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" may be the definitive version, and the previously recorded "The New World" and "Love Shack" sound wonderful in this spare context — think the Carter Family.


Formed: 1985

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The Knitters was a one-off country side project of the famed Los Angeles punk band X featuring the group's vocalist Exene Cervenka, singer/bassist John Doe, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake as well as the Blasters' guitarist Dave Alvin. (Ironically, when original X guitar player Billy Zoom left the band in 1986, it was Alvin who replaced him, albeit briefly.) The Knitters' lone LP, 1985's Poor Little Critter on the Road, was a collection of originals,...
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