GRIEVOUS ANGELS third
CD "MILES ON THE RAIL"
Tempe, Arizona's favorite sons continue the journey from the
scorching parking lots and cookie-cutter condo enclaves of the
to the sticky, smoky beer joints and decaying industrial parks
of the North.
How can one not love the classic, old-school honky-tonk stylings
in the vein
of BUCK OWENS and LEFTY FRIZZELL against the chutzpah of indie-rock
luminaries like GREEN ON RED and the LONG RYDERS?
Leading the charge for the Grievous Angels (named, duh,
after the seminal
Gram Parsons album) is guitarist/co-producer Dan Henzerling.
Listen as he
tightropes between the sparse boom-chicka-boom of JOHNNY CASH's
sideman Luther Perkins and the DRUNKEN SLASH AND BURN of the
REPLACEMENTS' late, great Bob Stinson (that's also Dan doing
on the TOM WAITS song "Cold, Cold Ground" and the woozy version
HANK WILLIAMS' "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"). The Angels
also boast the finest
pedal steel/banjo/mandolin/hawaiian guitar player this side
Jon Rauhouse's style of part swoon and part swashbuckle has
left many a jaw
hanging agape. (He recently guested on some songs on the OLD
label debut). Up front is singer/acoustic guitarist/notoriously
travelmate Earl C. Whitehead, whose born and bred in the urban
worldview colors the subject matter bleaker and more apocalyptic
Nashville hit factory would ever allow.
Grievous Angels' previous releases (also on Bloodshot), 1995's
Inbreds" and 1997's "New City of Sin," have placed them
progenitors of the underground country movement. They
have also appeared
on our ground-breaking compilations "Hell-Bent: Insurgent Country
and "Straight Outta Boone County."
BLOODSHOT RECORDS 912 W. ADDISON
CHICAGO IL 60613-4339 USA