A bunch of years ago a friend of mine gave me disc and said, you’ve gotta check these guys out. The band, The Gourds, was named after the monetary unit of Haiti, and the album was called Cow Fish Fowl or Pig.
And it’s great stuff, really.
I still have it, and it’s funny that the songs pop up when I hit the random playlist for i-tunes, almost without fail. Considering my music library is well over 20 thousand songs, I laugh every time I hear one of the tracks.
You know, a few months ago, these guys were at Doug Fir in Portland, and there was some talk of getting together a bunch of people for the show, but the typical things happened. For the over 40-crowd, a start time of 10 p.m. with 3 bands on the bill on a Wednesday night didn’t seem like a great idea. So we said, “well, next time….we’ll wait for a reasonable night and try to go then.”
But, lately, the “wait time” for the “reasonable time” seems to be getting shorter and shorter.
I’ve got this theory, that if I just sit still long enough, every music artist I’d like to see will be drawn to this region and appear within an hour drive of my doorstep.
Like, just this morning, I was informed of a concert by the kind folks at Ticketmaster that, once again, almost made me fall out of my chair (similar to when I found out Yulegrass was coming to town.)
A guy I’ve been hoping to see, for a long time, is gonna be at Edgefield at the end of August. Oh, and he’ll happen to be on the bill with one of the living legends of music.
Edgefield, people. From my doorstep, that’s even closer than the Rose Garden.
So, where was I. Oh yeah, waiting for a reasonable time and date to go see The Gourds.
Well, as you might have guessed, here it is: Monday, July 12, at the Waucoma Club.
The Waucoma Club, people. From my doorstep, that’s closer than Edgefield.
And this time, not even the fact that it’s a Monday will be an excuse. And as you’ll read in the interview, Mondays are no excuse for the band, either.
See you there!
Kevin Russell of The Gourds was kind enough to take time out of their busy NW tour for an interview!
Interview with Kevin Russell
It’s been a long time comin’ but here are those answers for you from Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell of The Gourds. – Courtney Mabeus, Tour Publicist, Yep Roc Music.
1. Hi guys, and thanks for putting Hood River on your schedule. You'll be playing the newly remodeled Waucoma Club (formerly River City Saloon), which has a long history as a music venue. The only "glitch" is: you'll be here on a Monday night, which is not a huge "party" night. I guess my question is: What does the band do to make sure we're getting the feeling of a rockin - Friday or Saturday night show?
We play every show as if it were a Saturday night in front of 10,000 people. In fact we don't really know how to not do that. Of course the red velvet suits and blue suede shoes help. And our vast array of wigs and press-on nails.
2. Let's talk about the new disc, Haymaker, which sounds great, by the way. The only thing I have to compare it to is Cow, Fish Fowl or Pig, which is also great. The new record seems to have a different vocal style - is this a common change between albums?
I think we have all grown into better singers from playing so many shows over so many years. The comfort level with which we inhabit a song is noticeable I think. To be clear, these vocals are one whole take, as opposed to the trend these days of every word being a different take with a different EQ and effect wrapped around it like a diamond ring around a wiener. Our singing is either a diamond or a wiener. Never the twain shall meet.
3. I really like the Cajun-fiddle influence on some of the songs. What bands are the Gourds listening to these days?
Hawkwind, The Fuggs, Jet Black Berries, El Negro Llaves, Alabama, Los Tigres Del Norte, Jethro Tull, The The, Uk Subs, Sex Pistols, Merle Haggard, Leadbelly and The Stones and Dylan.
4. Tell us a little about how your band records. Is it a "live Take" sort of thing, or is it track by track?
It is totally live, track by track and then a little a nip and tuck here and there.
5. You guys are on the road a lot, and Austin, Texas is a long way home. List 5-touring-must-haves.
Salt-Sleep-Solitude-Sunshine and Beer