Album Review & Stream: The Gourds’ Tenth Studio Album, “Old Mad Joy”

Texas legends and roots music leaders [lastfm]The Gourds[/lastfm] release their tenth studio album and first with Vanguard Records on September 13th. Entitled Old Mad Joy, the new record was recorded at the infamous Levon’s Helm Studio in Woodstock, NY.

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Old Mad Joy is a classic rock album through-and-through. Produced by [lastfm]Larry Campbell[/lastfm], a multi-instrumentalist that recorded and toured with [lastfm]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] for a number of years, each song feels as vintage as those wood-paneled walls in the background of a treasured family photo from the 70s. Singers Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith end each verse on “Melchert” with a snarky howl not unlike Dylan’s in “Like A Rolling Stone;” the western swing of “Drop What I’m Doing” reeks of roadside bars with enough cowbell to satisfy [lastfm]Blue Oyster Cult[/lastfm].

Renown for their live rendition of [lastfm]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm]‘s classic “Gin & Juice” – which you can stream above via YouTube – [lastfm]The Gourds[/lastfm] are best served live, and they worked hard to maintain that energy during the recording sessions for Old Mad Joy. “Marginalized” slow-burns like the penultimate finale to a marathon festival set, a stand-out track fit for dusky backdrops. The only misstep on Old Mad Joy I can fault is “Drop The Charges,” a track that might fit better in a live setting, but on record falls flat with a chorus that resonates too closely with late 80′s cheese rock.

[lastfm]The Gourds[/lastfm] – Old Mad Joy (Vanguard)
Street Date: September 13th
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Track List:
1. I Want It So Bad
2. Drop The Charges
3. Two Sparrows
4. Drop What I’m Doing
5. Haunted
6. Melchert
7. Ink And Grief
8. Peppermint City
9. Marginalized
10. You Must Not Know
11. Eyes Of A Child
12. Your Benefit

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