One of roots music’s most fervent leaders, Texas greats, The Gourds will be showcasing their Vanguard Records debut, Old Mad Joy, on March 15th at Antones. Produced by Larry Campbell at the historic Levon Helm Studios a.k.a. ‘The Barn’, Old Mad Joy embraces the eccentric character and sonic range of the band while pushing their sound to the next level.
The foundation of Old Mad Joy is its five basic elements - Claude Bernard’s accordion and keyboards bring on the caustic boogie and blown-out bellows. Kevin Russell’s original brand of gospel spirituals contrast with Jimmy Smith’s dark-and-twisted imagery, Max Johnston’s multiple-instrumental cache including banjo, rub-board, mandolin and fiddle, and Keith Langford’s drumming puts the whole train into motion.
Based in Austin, TX and formed in 1994, The Gourds have released ten studio records and multiple live recordings and soundtracks. In 2006, they performed in an episode of the NBC show Friday Night Lights and have been featured on PBS’ Austin City Limits. The Gourds high-energy live shows and endless touring have earned them the reputation as a ‘must see’ artist. Old Mad Joy is The Gourds 11th studio release and Vanguard Records debut.