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That doesn't mean there isn't room for a little momentary antidote, too. Enter Austin institution the Gourds and their 10th studio album, "Old Mad Joy," out Sept. 13. Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell and company pulled out all the stops on this one. Not only did they record at former Band drummer Levon Helm's Woodstock, N.Y. studio, they enlisted Helm's (and Bob Dylan's) collaborator Larry Campbell to produce. "Old May Joy" is the band's first outing on Vanguard Records.
The result of all of that dressing up is a pretty good album, but one that's still unmistakably a Gourds record. It's rootsy, it's warm, it has rock — "Drop What I'm Doing" sounds like a Faces record — and country (and country rock) of several varieties, so much so that it's kind of surprising that their Dead-like following hasn't ballooned even more.
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