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Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday To-Do: The Gourds

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM

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THE GOURDS
10 p.m., Juanita's. $12.

Long one of Central Arkansas's favorites, the Gourds return to Juanita's fresh off the release of their brand spanking new album, “Haymaker!” Like all of Austin's favorite sons' albums, it's a rollicking collection of country rock, filled with accordion breakdowns, keen fiddle work and all sorts of other gypsy-hillbilly flourishes. The lyrics remain oblique as ever. Firinstance, from “Hey Thurman”: “We got some funky trees / Need a whirlybird / To get above a canopy / Me and your boys / Picking through the debris / Benny and Roky back in the mid '60s.” But listen enough to alternating lead singers Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell and Jimmy Smith's distinctive vocals and you'll start to see the light. Fellow Austin-ite Ramsay Midwood opens the show with literate, soul-tinged country.

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