Bad Livers

Bad Livers
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BAD LIVERS Punkgrass?; Thrashgrass? Austin, Texas; 1990 - Bad Livers formed, quite by accident, sometime around December 1990 when banjoist/guitarist Barnes started booking himself as the Danny Barnes Trio around Austin following the demise of the Barnburners, a locally popular acoustic group. The "trio" was in fact whomever he could get on the phone in time to make the gig. Through several weeks of natural attrition, White and Rubin fell into place, originally as accordionist and tuba player, respectively. The dumbest name possible was chosen and Bad Livers was born. the emphasis was on good picking and a good time, playing whatever tunes they felt like, as they heard them. The scent of admixture, grafting rock and folk influences, at first attracted more attention than the fact that Bad Livers were up to some pretty good music. Critics, at a loss to describe the mix of wide ranging styles and uniformly unfamiliar with the fold tradition, dubbed the sound "trash-bluegrass" or "bluegrass punk". The band described their sound as BAD LIVERS music, but added "Call us whatever you like, just don't call us late for dinner." Over 2 years of near constant touring has brought the band to 7 countries, from grimy punk rock dives through acoustic listening rooms to the main stage of the '93 Edmonton Folk Festival, including opening slots for acts as diverse as the Butthole Surfers and Ralph Stanley. Their debut recording Delusions of Banjer was released in October '92 on the Quarterstick subsidiary of Touch & GO Records. "Delusions..." highlights Barnes' strong material as well as their road honed instrumental dexterity. "Horses In The Mines" is the Bad Livers' third recording for Quarterstick. It was recorded with the intention of reproducing a "live" sound - like they were set up in your living room or local hostelry, pickin'. To achieve this aim the album was recorded in a wood shed, chosen for its' acoustic properties, on an eight track analog recorder. Some ex-Soviet mics were loaned by Steve Albini and Paul Leary chipped in with some vintage tube microphone pre-amps. No outboard effects or for that matter, mixing board were used in the recording!
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 2

Bad Livers  01/04/2006            
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Bad Livers...or Bad Lovers?? or what? Cheap Givers? or Good Winners?...maybe just bad loosers...or what? I don't understand.
Bad Livers  05/13/2001            
This show is a very stirring tribute to the realities of a Central Texas Bluegrass Band. If you are drunk and in a barditch, this makes it all seem worthwhile
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