John Doe Twangs It Up w/Sadies

 

Neko Case’s favorite band in a mouth watering
collaboration with the X legend.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

John Doe and The Sadies
join forces for Country Club, an album of classic country covers and originals
due out April 14, on Yep Roc Records.

 

 

Country Club is
the result of a drunken promise or threat I made to Travis & Dallas [Good,
of The Sadies] the first night we played together in Toronto. These happen all the time but
it’s rare that anyone remembers them the morning after, let alone follows
through and makes it a reality. I’m really glad we did,” says X, Knitters and
solo artist John Doe about the series of events that led to his new project
with cosmic roots rockers The Sadies.

 

 

By including varying yet
equally beloved movements within the country music pantheon, Doe and The Sadies
were able to cover their heroes while filtering the pop sensibilities of 60s
Nashville through the electric honky tonk of Bakersfield, CA.

 

 

Doe remarks, “We’re not
sure why it sounds like it’s from the sixties. Maybe that’s our favorite era of
country music or maybe that’s what we listened to when we first learned how to
play it. But what was called ‘Countrypolitan’ always seemed one of the coolest
hybrids of country music.  But we agreed quickly & completely that
there were going to be no string sections, horns or choirs.  Bakersfield vs. Nashville was
never a dispute . . . Bakersfield!”
Dallas Good of The
Sadies continues, “The songs chosen were very ambitious, and
while we haven’t re-invented the wheel we have created a cohesiveness between
several hit country & western singles and our own styles.”

 

 

Despite the
innovation of melding the sounds of Nashville
and Bakersfield,
timeless sounds abound on Country Club. All of it  driven by
Doe’s singular vocals, the dueling thousand pound chops of the guitar-wielding
Good brothers and The Sadies’ world class rhythm
section of Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean.

 

 

On Country Club,
classic tunes by Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings stand alongside late-night
ballads by Tammy Wynette and Roger Miller. The album also features four
originals – three from The Sadies and one courtesy of X songwriting duo John
Doe and Exene Cervenka. John Doe and The Sadies have found the perfect
blend of the reverent and the experimental, resulting in a slightly psychedelic
brew that just might pass for straight if you’re not lookin’.

 

 

Tracklist &
Credits:

 

1)
Stop the World and Let Me Off

Songwriter:
Carl Belew

Made
famous by: Waylon Jennings

Veronica
Jane Doe – vocals

 

2)
Husbands and Wives

Songwriter:
Roger Miller

D.J.
Bonebrake – vibraphones

Margaret
Good – vocals

Eric
Heywood – pedal steel

 

3)
‘Til I Get It Right

Songwriters:
Red Lane,
Larry Henley

Made
famous by: Tammy Wynette

D.J.
Bonebrake – vibraphones

Eric
Heywood – pedal steel

 

4) It
Just Dawned on Me

Songwriters:
Exene Cervenka, John Doe

Kathleen
Edwards – vocals

 

5)
(Now and Then) There’s a Fool Such as I

Songwriter:
William Marvin Trader

Made
famous by: Hank Snow

Eric
Heywood – pedal steel

Cindy
Wasserman – vocals

 

6) The
Night Life

Songwriters:
Paul F. Buskirk, Walter M. Breeland, Willie Nelson

Made
famous by: Ray Price

D.J.
Bonebrake – vibraphones

Eric
Heywood – pedal steel

 

7) The
Sudbury Nickel

Songwriters:
The Sadies

 

8)
Before I Wake

Songwriters:
The Sadies

Bob Egan
– pedal steel

Margaret
Good – vocals

Bruce
Good – autoharp

 

9) I
Still Miss Someone

Songwriters:
Johnny Cash, Roy Cash Jr.

Bruce
Good – autoharp

 

10)
The Cold Hard Facts of Life

Songwriter:
Bill Anderson

Made
famous by: Porter Wagoner

Eric
Heywood – pedal steel

 

11)
Take These Chains from My Heart

Songwriter:
Fred Rose, Hy Heath

Made famous
by: Hank Williams

D.J.
Bonebrake – vibraphones

Margaret
Good – vocals

Eric
Heywood – pedal steel

Cindy
Wasserman – vocals

 

12)
Help Me Make It Through the Night

Songwriter:
Kris Kristofferson

 

13)
Are the Good Times Really Over for Good

Songwriter:
Merle Haggard

Kathleen
Edwards – vocals

 

14) Detroit City

Songwriters:
Danny Dill, Mel Tillis

Made
famous by: Bobby Bare

 

15) Pink Mountain
Rag

Songwriters:
The Sadies

Bob Egan
– pedal steel

 

 

 

 

 

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