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Editors’ Notes

Austin, Texas’ the Gourds are tough to categorize. Yes, they fit into the broad genre of Americana, but they are so averse to clichés, lyrically as well as musically, that nearly everything they do sounds fresh. In the past they’ve turned out comically ingenious covers of artists from David Bowie to Snoop Dogg, to give you some idea of their left-field leanings, and they continue that approach on Haymaker! with a song about fossils, a reference to Apollo Creed on “Tex - Mex Mile,” and this hilarious lyric from “Blanket Show”: “Freud was smiling/so was Jung/my heart was heavy/but my Fu was Kung.” A well-oiled musical machine, the Gourds rock hard, write ballads with emotional bite, and can turn out hard-stomping, fiddle-driven rave-ups that never come across as stale country-by-the-numbers. Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith share lead vocals and songwriting duties, and each has their own distinct singing style, which gives the album an added depth. After more than a decade of consistently solid music the Gourds continue to surprise and satisfy.

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Another great album

It's a shame this band isn't bigger than they are. The Gourds consistently write great songs, put on tremendous live shows and put out great albums. Haymaker is no exception. This album will appeal to fans of their more uptempo stuff. I was first introduced to the Gourds through "Dying Of The Pines" on a British music magazine CD and have been partial to their slower stuff, but I enjoy the uptempo stuff also. "Valentine" is a nice slow song, but the rest, like "The Way You Can Get", "New Dues", "Shreveport" are uptempo. Maybe someone at Austin City Limits can finally realize they have one of the great American bands in their own backyard and get these guys on that show and give them the nationwide attention they deserve. You know the world is unfair when a band like Rascal Flatts sells millions of albums and fills arenas while a great band like The Gourds get overlooked.

Smart music for dirty people

The Gourds are a band that could only come from Austin. Hippies with gun-racks. They put on a stellar live show. A bunch of goof-balls having a great time on stage. I think the last two albums are slightly better, but this one is good too. They are a truly original American band. The people that gave this album a bad rating probably think Toby Keith is "outlaw" country, Big and Rich aren't corporate shills for Nashvegas, and I'm pretty sure they are neither smart nor dirty.

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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