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Shinebox

The Gourds

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Album Review

On this re-sequenced and expanded version of 1998's Gogitchyershinebox EP, the highlight remains the band's ramshackle acoustic rendition of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice." But new covers of Nils Lofgren's "Everybody's Missing the Sun" and Billy Joe Shaver's "Omaha" are equally as inspired. Bang-up arrangements of the traditional numbers "Dooley" and "Jones Oh Jones" are other standout tunes missing from the original release. Whether this album-length re-release was intended as a stopgap or as a reward to fans who missed out on the EP back when it was still in print, the significant new song additions make Shinebox worth its purchase price.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Gourds are a good-time, honky tonkin' band with enough quirk and underground appeal to justify the "alternative" tag in "alternative country-rock." Part of Austin's vibrant scene and popular performers at the city's national music showcase SXSW, the Gourds first gained the attention of the No Depression crowd with the drunken porch jam sound of their debut, Dem's Good Beeble, in 1997. The band's quirks came out more on its follow-up, 1998's Stadium...
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