Posts Tagged ‘Slobberbone’

Slobberbone – Crow Pot Pie (Original Version)

Slobberbone’s first album Crow Pot Pie is no doubt a classic in the Alt-Country genre. It has all the hallmarks of a great Alt-Country album, twang, crunchy guitars, rough vocals, punk rock edge, country rock sensibilities, songs about drinking and death… That album came out in 1996 on Doolittle Records, and has since been re-released on New West (who purchased Doolittle Records) in 2003.

This here is the original version of that seminal album, recorded a full 2 years prior and with a slightly different line-up (drummer Tony Harper and singer Brent Best being the only members on both versions). This version also features a slightly different cover, same picture but the Slobberbone logo and album name location are different. The music itself is slightly different as well, just a little rougher around the edges and with a differing track order. Not to mention a few songs omitted or replaced on the 1996 version.
The band recorded the album and distributed it themselves hoping to garner up support for gigs and maybe some radio airplay. The disc gained the attention of Doolittle and the rest as they say is history. Since 2 years had passed since the original recording, and the line-up had changed, the band decided to re-record the album for Doolittle, and that’s the one that became the 1996 version….the now classic album Crow Pot Pie.

(the tracklist on the version I have differs slighty from what is listed on the Slobberbone website, I have left it as I recieved it)
Slobberbone disbanded in 2005 with most band members reforming as The Drams. However the band is currently in the midst of a Reunion Tour (although I think today is the last date….for now…)
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Slobberbone – Crow Pot Pie (Original Version)

Slobberbone – Acoustic Slobberbone 4/6/96

Here is a cool ass show. Some acoustic Slobberbone recorded shortly before the re-release of thier debut album Crow Pot Pie. The sound on this one is incredible, and it’s cool to hear these songs in a more stripped down setting. If your not familiar with Slobberbone, they were one of the seminal Alt Country bands from the mid 90’s along with Whiskeytown, Old 97’s, Bottle Rockets, Son Volt, etc… These guys probably relied more heavily on their punk influences than any of their peers. Fans of Supersuckers, Lucero, Social Distortion, Two Cow Garage, even The Replacements….if you don’t already know about Slobberbone, you should.
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Slobberbone – Acoustic Slobberbone

Slobberbone – Last Show 3-13-05

How ’bout some live slobberbone to kick off spring. This is probably the best boot I have found of theirs….not only because of the significance of it being their last show, but it’s just a damned good boot. They play like it’s their last show….running through almost all their best songs in a single night….plenty of debauchery as well. Here is a neat little write up I found on the show itself:

It was a sad day for Texas music on March 13, 2005. That’s when people from as far away as Europe crowded into a sold-out Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton to bid farewell to the State’s reigning ‘best bar band’. That final show was short on covers and long on remembrances, for the band and the audience alike. They resurrected a “Barrel Chested” era documentary film to kick off the night, standing quietly onstage while the film rolled on a screen set up near the entrance. Then they played for a little over two hours. While the album of the night seemed to be their second release, “Barrel Chested”, they managed to cover their entire career, but went sparingly on their last and most over-produced record, “Slippage”. Fittingly enough, the crowd seemed drunker than usual, even for a Slobberbone show. So while the beer and whiskey soaked crowd raised their bottles and glasses, the band kept playing songs about, mostly, drinking. When they first emerged on the scene way back in the early to mid 90s, they were compared to Uncle Tupelo, just like every other “alt country” rock band at the time; only these guys not only had a sense of humor, they, at least to this observer, didn’t take themselves quite as seriously as that by-then-defunct Illinois band. And like UT in the early days, their songs were part punk-rock, part southern-rock and part country. They mixed banjos and fiddles with the blaring electric guitars and channeled the feedback into glorious melodic anthems to lost love, lost dreams, and whiskey. Over the years, it became apparent that they probably owed more in the way of influence to Neil Young and Crazy Horse than to Uncle Tupelo. And now that it’s all over, it looks like frontman Brent Best will continue to play the occasional solo show and the rest of us, at least locally, can wait for the inevitable reunion shows. As far as bands go, it was a great run. Here’s to them!

and a News Article

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