The Gourds’ tenth studio album finds the Austin-based roots rockers not only changing labels, but relinquishing production duties and recording outside of their native Texas. Released on Vanguard, produced by Larry Campbell, and recorded at The Barn, Levon Helm’s timber-framed studio in upstate New York, Old Mad Joy dials up the electrical current, resulting in one of the group’s most idiosyncratic releases to date. The Gourds admiration for The Band has never been a secret, and it’s great to hear them stretch their Big Pink-informed muscles on tracks like “Drop What I’m Doing” and “Ink and Grief.” Kevin Russell, who sounds like he spent the year prior binging on early Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding..
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The Gourds have been relentlessly spewing up quality records that challenge the conventions of both country and pop music with equal parts earnestness and irreverence for over a decade. Bandleaders Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith write hyper-literate songs that challenge even the most learned grad student while retaining enough “good old boy” idioms to placate […]