The Backsliders – Live in Chapel Hill, NC 1997

Man I love the hell out of The Backsliders. Matter of fact in the mid to late 90’s there were primarily 5 bands that ruled my world…..The V-Roys, The Backsliders, Red Star Belgrade, Southern Culture On The Skids and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. 3 out of 5 of those bands were from what I called the “Chapel Hill scene”, the scene that produced now famous acts like Ryan Adams and Ben Folds. With that said, now would be a good time to note that this is The Backsliders from Raleigh, NC…for some reason no one told the other 3 bands who decided to call themselves The Backsliders that the name was already taken by a much better band.

The Backsliders to me are pretty much the epitome of rowdy barroom honky tonk rock and roll. Great songs, great vocals, killer playing with perfectly overdriven twang….the kind of music that just makes you want to grab a cheap beer with one hand and a cheap woman with the other and shake your ass the best way you know how (cheap beer helps). This is a pretty decent recording (though there seems to be a ton of reverb) of a great show. Highlights include killer guitar leads with liberal use of the wammy bar, kicking some asshole called Paco out of the club right before Hey Sheriff, and the super obscure Radio Birdman cover to close the show. This is just damn fine music people, download it.

The Backsliders split up in 1999, but frontman Chip Robinson (@TheRudestCat) has a new solo album out this year called Mylow (you should have heard the title track on the spring Truesounds), that is worth checking out if you dig this (listen here).

Also worth noting is Backsliders guitarist Brad Rice went on to perform with Son Volt, Tift Merrit, Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Cory Morrow, Peter Case, and most recently, on the upcoming Shinyribs album by Gourds frontman Kevin Russell.

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Download The Backsliders – Live in Chapel Hill, NC 1997 here
  • blureu

    May 25th, 2010

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    thanks for the Backsliders show. They were “it” back then. Recall catching them in NC/SC/GA for those three years (97-99).

    Brad also did extensive touring with Keith Urban (yup, Keith Urban). It was actually a great gig for Brad. Not sure if he’s still in Keith’s band.

  • O.B. Dan

    May 26th, 2010

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    Might be a great show…wouldn’t know…after waiting forever for Mediafire to open, I got a page with some “sign up for a free account” crap…Mediafire? WTF? After a few tries I gave up.

  • O.B. Dan

    May 26th, 2010

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    Hey…finally got it to go! Let’s see how it sounds…whoops, download issues with every track…let’s run this through a conversion-and-merge program, see if we gain or lose here…that’s better…hmmm, a little muddy…let’s see if I can doctor this up…

    It’s a good band, really good, I like their style. I’d really like to see them someday if they’re still playing together, maybe an outdoor venue.

  • Carock

    May 26th, 2010

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    Great to find a Backsliders show on the net. Just orded the live album From Raleigh..

  • Ron

    May 27th, 2010

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    Thanks for this!

    “Throwing Rocks at the Moon” is one of my favorite songs. The lyric “hotter than a 410 side-by-side” is just brilliant.

  • Bill Todd

    May 27th, 2010

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    Looking forward to checking this one out.

  • Steve

    May 29th, 2010

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    Might be a great show…wouldn’t know…after waiting forever for Mediafire to open, I got a page with some “sign up for a free account” crap…Mediafire? WTF? After a few tries I gave up.

  • Martin Luther Presley

    June 12th, 2010

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    I’ve never heard about these guys, but your write-up sure sounds interesting! Downloading now, thanks!
    Cheers,
    MLP

  • Truersound

    June 12th, 2010

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    Hey, sorry about the mediafire crap guys. I have a solution, but don’t kow if everyone will like it. Well most everyone will. Anyway Mediafire used to work great but it seems to have fallen into the same trap the other file hosting sites have.

  • Fairportfan

    March 10th, 2013

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    “…for some reason no one told the other 3 bands who decided to call themselves The Backsliders that the name was already taken by a much better band.”

    Yeah – in use by a much better band from New Orleans.

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