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Against The Grain

by Three Day Threshold

They could be the soundtrack to a shotgun wedding, tractor pull, or dog fight. It's bluegrass on overdrive, it's an after hours rockabilly prom, but most of all it's a show not to be missed.
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1. Narrow it Down
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2. Uni
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3. Chicken Shack (Baby's Got My #)
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4. Right Outside the Door
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5. Whiskey, You're the Devil
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6. Kelly, I'm Coming Over
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7. Ghost of Jimmy Ryan
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8. I Must Admit
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9. Thrown Out
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10. It's Alright
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11. Gone (part 1)
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12. A Toast to My Father
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13. Count of Monte Cristo
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14. Road to Riches, Road to Ruin
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15. Softly
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16. Back Home in Derry
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Three Day Threshold could be the soundtrack to a shotgun wedding, tractor pull, or dog fight. It's bluegrass on overdrive, it's an after hours rockabilly prom but most of all it's a show not to be missed. They've garnered more accolades than a dog's got fleas; a handful of Boston Music Awards and WFNX/Phoenix Awards, as well as a few nods for "Artist of the Year" from Jam Music Magazine and "Best Live Band" from The Noise.

Three Day Threshold has had write ups all from over the globe, from Italy to England, from Maine to Georgia. Their music has been showcased in movies and television shows such as FOX’s “Simple Life” series, starring Paris Hilton, and MTV’s “Real World” and “Road Rules”. The band has shared stages with national acts like The Drive By Truckers, The Hackensaw Boys, Social Distortion, Southern Culture on the Skids, G.E. Smith, BR5-49 and even, yes, Quiet Riot.

The Boston Herald said:
“Boston’s Three Day Threshold has a felicitously original sound. Combining the best of The Rolling Stones, The Pogues, Little Feat and Johnny Cash, Three Day Threshold gets juiced up. 3DTs songs are energetic, loud and crafted with terrific hooks.”

There are over 15,000 cds featuring Three Day Threshold in circulation however, their latest release “Against the Grain” on Hi N Dry Records is undoubtedly their finest work to date, mixing elements of Bluegrass, Country, Celtic and Punk music into one delicious, and surprisingly potent, cocktail. Crack open a cold one and enjoy.


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best 3dt cd yet
Best 3dt CD I've heard yet.

Ctrl Alt Country Magazine (

Review of Against the Grain from the Netherlands
THREE DAY TRESHOLD "Against The Grain"

4 out of 5 stars
Wie erin slaagt om deze CD volledig te beluisteren zonder wild hipshakend en met een gelukzalige grijns zo breed als z'n gezicht achter te blijven, moet hoogdringend op doktersbezoek… Wat deze zes knapen uit Boston doen is immers zo aanstekelijk, dat elke vorm van weerstand er meteen door in de kiem gesmoord wordt. Met zestien rete-aanstekelijke rootsrockliedjes verkopen ze je een totaal onverwachte opdoffer van jewelste. Meezingen zal je, willen of niet… Laat maar wat van die ijskoude goudgele knapen aanrukken, schuif tafels en stoelen aan de kant en laat je vooral gaan op de songs van Kier Byrnes en kompanen! Snel naar hier halen, dit collectiefje! Wie op plaat al zo vitaal uit de hoek kan komen, móet live gewoon behoorlijk onweerstaanbaar zijn!

Nog niet overtuigd? Bezoek dan als de gesmeerde bliksem de webstek van de groep of hun CD Baby-pagina en beluister er om te beginnen de onstuimige, zo ongeveer als de Pogues op doortocht doorheen Amerika klinkende tweeling "Whiskey, You're The Devil" en "Kelly, I'm Coming Over", het heerlijk stuiterend twangende "Narrow It Down" en het ook al volstrekt onweerstaanbare "Ghost Of Jimmy Ryan". Als je daarna nog niet in de ban zou zijn van dit sextet, tja, dan is er nog altijd die dokter, he…


I heard "I Must Admit" on Real World last night!
I heard "I Must Admit" on MTV's Real World last night! Awesome!

Shite N Onions Irish/Alt Country Music

Holy crap this rocks!
“Against The Grain” is TDT’s 3rd full length release and being well familiar with all 3 I can easily say ATG is clearly their best and most ‘mature’ release to date and when I say ‘mature’ I don’t mean it in a bad way (though I usually do). Long time fans needn’t despair with this new found maturity either ‘cos ATG is still loaded with high speedy trashy country meets Irish but it’s really went things slow down that the music picks up – think if Johnny Cash had live long enough to make America VI – yeah that good.

Tim from The Noise

Thank God for Three day Threshold!
So, I was wondering what I wanted to review this month, and I started praying to the Lord, and I said, "God, please send me something that just plain kicks ass, nothing fucking twee or pretentious, something with a healthy dose of sturm und twang, perhaps reminiscent of Jason and the Scorchers when they were more country than rock, or a lighter-hearted version of the Gun Club's first album, but that still recognizes the Scots-Irish roots of country/ bluegrass, and I'd like the playing to be fucking top-notch, but not so perfect that it sounds sterile, something that still feels like a shit-kickin' porch hootenanny. I want the slow songs to make me cry and the fast ones to make me wish I owned cowboy boots to walk across a rough-floored saloon to buy the band a drink, I'd like it to have plenty of songs and I'd really like one of those songs to be called "Chicken Shack," and if you could throw in a recipe for BBQ sandwiches, well, Lord, that'd just be real nice of you." And, because I live a good life, God said okay.

Lexi Kahn

The band that made it cool to wear bolero ties and cowboy hats to Boston rock clubs has released another CD, and Lord have mercy, it just might be their best yet. Against the Grain (Hi-N-Dry) fortifies 3DT's distinctive amalgam of alt-country and Irish drinking songs, but turns up the heat on everything. The energy surging through every track is contagious and after one listen you'll either want to get drunk or barbecue something. Maybe ride a mechanical bull.
"Narrow it Down" is a great opener. It's a barn dance, an up tempo boot-tappin' sing-a-long that's actually a torch song for a woman yet to be found. A cheerful torch song though, as the lyrics imply there's plenty of time to take the ladies out one at a time until the right gal shows up. "I ain't doin' nothing wrong, just got to narrow it down," sings front man Kier Byrnes with debonair self-assurance. With 3DT's usual irresistible charm, this song manages to be adorable and endearing while evoking a lecherously misogynistic strut and swagger. There's just something about country songs that give the guys the go-ahead to lay it all on the line. As Tammy Wynette said, "after all, he's just a man."

For sheer knee-slapping awesomeness, check out the hilarious "Uni." Too much exposition will ruin your first listen, so for now I'll just direct you to Three Day Threshold's Myspace page where you can hear it for yourself. Other picks include "Right Outside the Door," "Kelly, I'm Coming Over," "Softly" and another sing-a-long, "It's Alright." Also a nice surprise is the traditional "Whiskey, You're the Devil," a 3DT favorite that had made an appearance on Homecookin', their 1999 debut.

Three Day Threshold has been putting out excellent records since 1999, but Against the Grain shows that a little worldly wisdom (i.e., maturity) goes a long way towards authenticating this brand of blood on the saddle country rock. For one thing, there's far more wanton humor on this record. Then there's the powerhouse of a band, with searing guitar and mandolin riffs at the core and whole corral full of guest performers. Then there's front man Kier Byrnes, who has never been in finer voice. When a performer's skill catches up with his enthusiasm, it's a mighty fine day indeed. Always a good singer and the band's rabble-rousing leader, Kier has clearly hit his stride as a vocalist. There's less cow punk bellowing than on earlier recordings, replaced with more refined and warm, dare I say great, singing. And then, to borrow a lyric from track 7, "The Ghost of Jimmy Ryan," GodDAMN that mandolin!