Holdin’ The Bag
Legendary Country-Punk Rockers Prove Age isn’t a Barrier to Having a Good Time!
I’m not sure that The Supersuckers and indeed their leader and talisman Eddie Spaghetti ever really made any inroads into the UK; yet I’ve heard their joint names crop up numerous times over the years as either a young bands ‘major influence’ or from friends who say them in concert and came away spouting words of undying love.
At various points on this album the Supersuckers remind me of many of my favourite Alt. Country bands through the ages from the Waco Brothers, Jason and the Scorchers and more recently I See Hawks in LA proving that the loss has been mine; not theirs!
The album opens with a haunting harmonica which lulls you into a false sense of security as Spaghetti’s deep leathery voice soon clicks in over a banjo on a song that can be heard on many levels; especially as he is in fact suffering from Cancer; but whichever interpretation you choose it’s a raw, deep and emotional song worthy of a band with this revered history.
Any potential melodrama is soon kicked into touch when Hayes Carll joins the powerhouse trio for This Life….With You, and the first of the Kick-Ass boogie songs hits the turntable with a vengeance.
Not long afterwards what I can only describe as a Stoner Anthem called Let’s Bounce screams out of the speakers. Even on CD this is a Masterclass in working-class Rock n Roll and will surely by Son #3 when played in concert.
It’s a similar story with my favourite track here – Jibber Jabber, which starts with the obligatory 1-2-3-4! 100MPH beer fuelled Country-Punk that will frighten Hipsters from here to LA!
Another absolute joy is All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) when Spaghetti name checks a series of ‘Wild Men of Rock’ who are all now happily married and settled down (in the case of Steve Earle several times!) yet he still flies the flag for Rock and Roll Rebellion. God Bless you Eddie.
As I said earlier Eddie Spaghetti is suffering from Stage 3 Throat Cancer and there’s a special fund aimed at paying for his treatment ($59k raised so far) so there will be a Limited Edition gate-fold sleeve version of this CD with proceeds going to the fund.
Apart from doing a nice thing by buying that version you also get a rip-snorting exclusive version of Georgia on a Fast Train which is worth the money alone.
For three men; long past their hormonal teenage years The Supersuckers can’t half kick up a din and with more joie de vivre than a dozen Burlesque dancers!
The Supersuckers are exceptional musicians and songwriters and this album is the real deal from three Real Dealers.
Released October 16th 2015