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Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse!

The Meat Purveyors

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Album Review

What?!?! Drums and electric guitars on a Meat Purveyors album? "Blasphemy!" you say? Well, blasphemy is nothing new to the Meat Purveyors, and rest assured that — despite the presence of said tools of the Devil — they're up to the same old tricks: whip-smart, sharp-tongued songwriting, a taste for offbeat covers, and an approach to bluegrass instrumentation that crosses the line into punk rock fervor. "Burr Under My Saddle" starts things off with an electrified bang, but the songwriting is classic Meat Purveyors, culminating with: "Well you said you can't live without me/I can only hope that's a fact/'Cause I'm kicking you out on the side of the road/And if you're dead then you can't come back." And if you think that's blunt, wait until you hear the scathing "Look on Your Face," where the return to acoustic instruments takes nothing off the sharp slap of the lyrics. Pete Stiles and Diona Davies play some hot mandolin and fiddle, respectively, and Bill Anderson gets to show off on electric on both "Fist City" and the plugged-in revisit of "Hanged Man" (originally on More Songs About Buildings and Cows). Besides Loretta Lynn's "Fist City," the covers range from the sublime (John Conlee's "Rose Colored Glasses") to the ridiculous (Foreigner and the Human League!), which should really come as no surprise considering their previous treatment of ABBA and Ratt. They even manage to give the Monkees' "Circle Sky" a bit of that high lonesome sound. And they're not all jokes and smirks, either. "Rose Colored Glasses" gets a fine reading, as does Cherilyn DiMond's touching original, "Snow in the Door." "Plates a'Spinnin'" even takes a stab at the political. But bitter and acerbic are still what the Meat Purveyors do best, delivered with flair by singer Jo Walston. Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse! shows that these old dogs have learned a few new tricks but they've still got plenty of bite.

Customer Reviews

A great record for bluegrass adventurers

A great one from this non-traditional bluegrass band from Austin. Highly recommended for those who are willing to take a chance on something non-traditional. A respectable mix of originals and covers. My favorites are Liquor Store and I Got Wise.

please come back

so sad that you broke up...why...why...why...please produce more music check this band out and you won't be sorry

Love of My Life

I saw this band for the first and only time at the Casbah in San Diego and was totally blown away. Some bigger band was at the main stage and they were playing by the top bar next to the pool table ( can't remeber who the other band was ). It was love at first hear and site. I was goose bumped by their energy and the picture of the lead singing We Kill Evil is an image I will not ever forget. They have at least one song on any disk that I've burned to give to some one else. Cheesy as it may sound but I've gained a lot of empathy for a woman's soul by listening to the M.P. God Bleess em'. They're a redeemer for the state of Texas. God bless em'.

Biography

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Led by vocalist Jo Walston and songwriter/guitarist Bill Anderson, the insurgent country band the Meat Purveyors hailed from Austin, Texas. After signing to the Bloodshot label, the group issued their debut LP, Sweet in the Pants,...
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