Woodbox Gang | Drunk As Dragons

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Drunk As Dragons

by Woodbox Gang

An original blend of bluegrass, country, folk, and rock that is unique and aggressive. With lyrics both darkly humorous and topically modern, the Woodbox Gang has grown their own branch of traditional music, which they call Trashcan Americana.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Shadow Of Tom
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2. Drunk As Dragons
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3. Tough Guy Blues
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4. Almost Enough
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5. The Muse
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6. Train Back To Texas
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7. Bad Veins
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8. Dusty Dozer and Grandpa
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9. Dirty Sponge
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10. Everybody But Me
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From the village of Makanda in extreme southern Illinois, in a little hollow called Vulture Valley, comes a "caustic acoustic cacophony" known as the Woodbox Gang. They have skillfully combined the American roots music styles of bluegrass, delta blues, folk, and traditional country with the aggressive delivery of punk rock to create their own style of music to which they have given the name "Trashcan Americana". The band is very interested in experimenting with the combined sounds of various conventional and non-conventional instrumentation to create sonic landscapes specifically tailored to the mood and theme of each composition. Hugh DeNeal, their chief lyricist, uses his poetic talents to craft twisted tales of a dark, yet often humorous nature. The Woodbox Gang specializes in "story telling" songs. The group has shared the stage with artists such as Hank Williams III, the John Cowan Band, & many others. Alternative country icon Jason Ringenberg (Jason and the Scorchers) has been quoted in several interviews citing the Woodbox Gang as one of his favorite new bands.
The Woodbox Gang's influences are as diverse as the music which they perform. The group admires artists such as Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and the Ramones for their enduring inventiveness and their courage to "do their own thing, regardless of what anyone else may or may not be doing." The band's multi-instrumentalist Alex Kirt says "We are influenced by everything we've heard, whether it's a symphony orchestra or a push rod knockin' in an old 350 engine. Just about anything that makes a sound can be used to enhance the mood of a tune." This idea can be heard on any one of the group's 5 albums on which they've used traditional guitar, mandolin, lap steel, banjo, fiddle, and bass combined with didjeridoos, kazoos, sawblades, gutbuckets, crowbars, ashtrays, and rusty gasoline cans to add brilliant audio hues their musical palette.


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Pierrot74

entrainant
Cd très entrainant, le style est vraiment sympa.
Par contre la qualité d'enregistrement est moyenne.

Jason A. Copeland

Ffffffaaaaaannntastic!
If you like smart lyrics wrapped in delicious melodies, complimented with a side of ORIGINALITY, then the Woodbox Gang is for you. I mean, just listen to the samples. If that doesn't whet your appetite, you must be dead or deaf.

fast

woodbox gang-drunk as dragons
every grateful dead album that i've ever heard seems to have three or four tunes that are outstanding and a few songs that i tend to just sit thru. the woodbox gang's cds {i own three of them} are much the same. however, the high points are well worth the price. whoever is writing these lyrics must be one intelligent sob. " almost enough" is pure genius and i love the wry twists in "dusty, dozer, and grandpa". i've lent this cd to a friend who doesn't seem to be in any hurry to return it. can't say that i blame him. i'd strongly recommend this cd. "wormwood" is my personal favorite but they're all damn good.