Gougers





Gougers
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The Gougers used to have a big, fancy bio. It cost $200 and had big words like "analogous" and "suffused" in it. It also had "sidehill." They decided that was lame and so they deleted it. One day at Zapato's Cantina in College Station, TX, Shane heard Jamie sing and asked her to come play in a band with him. She said "yes" and so they went back to Shane's house and listened to some records. They jammed out to Gram and Emmylou one day. Then Gillian and Dave the next. They tried to pretty much copy what they heard because it made them feel like highlanders feel when they are near other immortals. One day they hired this kid, Brian, to play fiddle. He played fiddle as good as Jamie sang and as good as Shane quoted dead philosophers. But he turned out to be a lame quitter and went to the Jug Band to make more money and get more women. He was immature. So then they met Cody. They hired him because his dad played in the NFL and they thought that was cool. Then Shane's mom co-signed and they bought a van. They met the Dedringers who drew nasty pictures in the dirt on the side of it. But Wrecks liked them so they were allowed to stay. They were good, too, and it was funny to watch Jonny gurm Townes's son. One day the invisible gouger said that they needed a drummer. He told them that if they put the feathers of a Mexican fighting rooster in a Crown Royal bag and buried it while saying some shit in Spanish, then a drummer would appear in three business days. And that's how they got Silva. They solidified the closing of the circle with a tattoo ceremony about heartache and the loss of god. And so, kids, this is the story of the Gougers. We ooze positivity. ---------- But here's the new fancy bio: For members of The Gougers, who each sport a tattoo of the band’s bird-and-broken-heart logo, it is more important that audiences hear the artful and profound lyrics of the songs created by the team of singer-writer-instrumentalists Shane Walker and Jamie Wilson — vivid imagery of human lives, subtle social comment, truth — than be concerned with what sort of genre the band’s music fits into. That’s because The Gougers’ sound takes in most genres, constantly moving in and out of country, rock, folk, roots, or mixing them up, as Walker and Wilson experiment and evolve as songwriters whose words stay with listeners and make them think. Dreamy ballad, up-tempo urban anthem: They’re playing with rhythm and instrumental effects, too, along the lines of influences and music mavericks Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris and Bright Eyes and premier musical partners David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. Formerly as The Sidehill Gougers, the four-piece Americana band contributed to such albums as Palo Duro Records’ TEXAS UNPLUGGED: VOL. 2 (2006) — an example of the neo-traditional porch-and-parlor, mandolin-and-fiddle facet of its music, the tender “One Tiny Sin” — and recorded RUNAWAY SCRAPE (2003), the band's debut CD, and an EP, GONE TO SEED (2005), a harmonic and graceful collection of seven songs that intrigued fans and continue to mesmerize them. Now the Sidehill has been dropped, a drummer has been added, and there’s been a switch to electric guitar and bass. The outstanding vocals of Walker and Wilson wrap around a ringing guitar, sometimes a laidback one, a drum riff, echoes or reverb — and always a great lyric. Take, for instance, “Old Crow/Scarecrow,” which talks about boozing and ends with appropriate suddenness. “You get tangled like a kite so you go out and hang the sheets and blow hours off the clock like dandelion seeds that float away as flowers just to come back up as weeds. You live one day to wake up two days older. Using Old Crow for a scarecrow to keep the birds away, while you're crushing out Old Golds in a plastic ashtray.” That song’s on The Gougers’ latest album, A LONG DAY FOR THE WEATHERVANE, along with “Everybody Knows,” an excellent commentary on progress featuring Wilson’s pure tones, and “Manheim Station,” the working-man’s musical manual. Five songs on GONE TO SEED were re-recorded for WEATHERVANE, songs fans can’t get enough of, like “John Henry” and “It'll Get Better,” which Walker and Wilson wrote via text messages and voice mail. The Gougers is Shane Walker on vocals, guitar and harmonica; Jamie Wilson on vocals and acoustic guitar; Cody Foote on electric and upright bass; and John Ross Silva on drums and percussion, who kept his talents secret while he mastered the recording and then joined the band as it tours from Houston to Oklahoma City. Silva (with engineering credits for Dixie Chicks, Shawn Colvin, John Alagia and Lloyd Maines) had been a friend of the band and its incarnations for years, and it was he who brought in country-rocker-producer Keith Gattis, who oversaw the production. The two Texas songwriters teamed up this way: Walker, the deep singer-songwriter who played drums and piano by age 4 (and later guitar), heard Wilson singing harmony in a cantina in College Station where together they attended Texas A&M and was blown away. Both had grown up in small towns (he from Crawford, she from Sealy) listening to good country music and soaking up influences from Bob Wills and Johnny Cash to Bruce Springsteen, both of their fathers, and even writer/philosopher Joseph Campbell. Walker was also absorbing the songwriting skills of high-caliber pistols the likes of Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. When the four put their talented heads together, what results is an eclectic blend of new music and lyrics refined to the basics — as stark yet as loaded with meaning as the band’s logo and band members’ tattoos: a crying bird ready to fly from its perch atop a broken heart.
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 56


Gougers  11/11/2009            
gillyd77
keep it up guys, love yalls easy listening and melo beats. hope to hear more from the gougers soon
Gougers  04/02/2008            
Hwah
If you don't dig it then you're a great big ass clown
Gougers  02/13/2008            
BigJimSlade
Gonna get me some of that drummer - yessiree I am I tells ya!! Silva is his name and sexy time is his game. He's mine beeches - oh yes - he's MINE!!!!!!
Gougers  01/10/2008            
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Gougers  11/18/2007            
Houstonian
The Gougers themselves get 5 stars--this band gives one of the best live performances I've ever seen. I catch them every time they're in town, I have their first 2 albums (plus the Bootlegs). I really LOVE this band. BUT...I found myself more than a little put off by the Weathervane album. I felt like somebody had put a muzzle on Jamie for most of her songs; when I see them live, she is absolutely electric, and sings like a bat out of hell. On the CD...eh, not so much. The songs later on the album got a little better (ironically my favorite was the one recorded when they were the Sidehill Gougers). This one just didn't do it for me; I'll still check them out live, unless they start performing the way they sound on this album. If it ain't broke, why turn it into Wilco?
Gougers  10/30/2007            
SwisherSweetStranger
One of the most moving, original, and sonically diverse albums in this genre (assuming they still claim this genre) to date. The songwriting is off the charts, the musicianship is both solid & daring, and the characters practically jump out of the songs. Literally jump out if you ingest the right substances. Good stuff.
Gougers  10/24/2007            
MWD
Silva is too sexy for a drummer. Put him out front like Jack Blades!
Gougers  10/24/2007            
RDJ
A must-have album with tracks that will captivate you. The Gougers = endless talent.
Gougers  10/24/2007            
Austin M.
Get this album and see what you have been missing!
Gougers  10/24/2007            
mw
you guys just keep getting better and better everytime i see you.. which is alot! congrats on the new album. it will be a great success
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