The first album by Espanola's Imperial Rooster!
Your Friends Think I'm The Devil is an up tempo bluesy rock and roll song that also serves as a cautionary tale about meeting your significant other's friends.
Pigfork Jamboree is about the joys of coming prepared to the Barbecue!
Uranium Mole is a sad folk number told from the perspective of a Uranium miner.
The Ballad Of Lightnin' Bill Jasper is a cautionary rollicking train song which tells the tale of the titular character who had some problems with his day job.
We're still not sure what Advice Of The Ages is.
Eatin' Fish & Drinkin' Sterno brings the rock and roll fury and also is a nice recap of the typical Rooster rehearsal.
It's All Downhill From Here is a sad song/waltz. Willie would approve.
Never Cold Again is the Rooster Redemption song. Get with it!
“Raucous, crude and, above all, fun, The Imperial Rooster’s OLD GOOD POOR CRAZY DEAD is a brutally original, defiantly uncategorizable album that, upon first listen, will leave you confounded, but still intrigued, forcing you to listen over and over again until you finally “get it”. Just like pork and Sterno.”
Louis Fowler - Sonic Reducer Fanzine
“Old Good Crazy Poor Dead, spans the spectrum from raucous novelty songs (“Pigfork”) to heart-tearing, Southern gothic ballad (“Uranium Mole”). Rooster music is loose and full of heart, and we heartell they put on a mean live show.”
April Fecca - Now This Sound Is Brave
“Old Good Poor Crazy Dead has a punk-rock sloppiness... The eight songs touch on the more memorable aspects of folk and country through the ages. Imperial Rooster pulls the very best parts from a bazillion years of tradition and inserts these time-honored melodies, themes and instruments into each song.”
Alex De Vore - Santa Fe Reporter
“This is good, rootsy hillbilly slop. I don’t hear a jug in the mix, but The Imperial Rooster has a real jug-band spirit — on top of a punk-rock soul. The band members’ funny monikers — such as “Nat King Kong,” “Cootie LeRoux,” and “Dusty Vinyl” — create a mythological musical world somewhere along an astral plane between Dogpatch and Española.”
Steven Terrell - Santa Fe New Mexican/Pasatiempo
“ I should mention that this isn’t your average bearded folk band of art school dropouts, Espanola is the low rider capital of America, you don’t grow up there with any kind of delusions about your station in life. And lyrically, this band is a reflection of that city. Rooster uses banjo, mandolin and slide guitar to create unique and catchy tunes that will get stuck in your head for days.”
A.J. Morocco - The Big Takeover
“Using the SUN's patented 'Music CD Fun-O-Meter',which operates on a scale of one to ten (metric), The Imperial Rooster's new CD, 'Old Good Poor Crazy Dead', rates a ten point five- it's that fun!”
Robert Eckert - Rio Grande Sun