Video Feature: Big John Bates – “Taste the Barrel”

Truth be told  had no awareess of Vancouver, Canada’s Big John Bates until they tweeted this video to me during my  day-long Twitter #HalloweenTwang video theme playlist. Their sound could be described as  dark gothic Americana along the lines of The Handsome Family and Those Poor Bastards.

The video for Taste the Barrel,  from their latest release Battered Bones (Rookie Records) , has a Sun-washed dustiness to it reminiscent of a Sergio Leone western.  Singer and stand-up bassist stars in the video as a victim of either torture or just frontier surgical practices. Either way, the gruesome outcome if the same. Bones sings with a sort of wailing unhinged soprano befitting the the scenes ans though i’m unsure of the storyline it’s effective. She even drops in a quick title of a Cormac McCarthy book “All the Pretty Horses” to give the whole thing another level of greatness and menace. The only thing missing is a parting shot of buzzards circling overhead.

A great find that i wanted to apss along and very fitting for All Hallows Eve Twang Style!

Twang Nation Halloween Mix 2011

Ah October. When the freshly fallen snow and turned leaves fall to cover your tracks by the river bottom where you lured your dear heart with the promise of warm cider and sweet kisses. I guess she didn’t realize you knew she could not be true. This list of contemporaneity and classic murder ballads and general Southern-Gothic debauchery and misery is just the thing for carving pumpkins and ex-lovers. You can hear this at Twang Nation Halloween Mix 2011 mix on Spotify.

Got a favorite grim ditty? Post it below.


    1. Tenderloud – Shadow Red Hand
    2. Those Poor Bastards – Nightmare World
    3. The Handsome Family – The Lost Soul
    4. Reverend Glasseye – Blood O’ Lambs
    5. Nina Nastasia/Jim White – The Day I Would Bury You
    6. Jay Munly – Old Service Road
    7. Strawfoot – The Lord’s Wrath
    8. Neko Case – Things That Scare Me
    9. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers – Blood on the Bluegrass
    10. The Pine Box Boys – Arkansas Killing Time
    11. Sons of Perdition – Blood In The Valley
    12. Rachel Brooke – This Painful Summer
    13. Willie Nelson – I Just Can’t Let You Say Good-Bye
    14. The Walkabouts – Lover’s Crime
    15. Those Poor Bastards – Family Graveyard
    16. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Cranston
    17. Trailer Bride – Graveyard
    18. Midnight Choir – Poisoned Veins
    19. C. Gibbs – Devil’s Water
    20. Christian Williams – You Ain’t Exempt
    21. Slackeye Slim – Judgment Day
    22. Muleskinner Jones – Come Inside, Stranger
    23. O’Death – Ghost Head
    24. Steve Von Till – A Grave Is A Grim Horse

    10 Spooky Gothic Country Halloween Songs

    Despite Nashville’s best efforts to sanitize it for mass-consumption country and roots music has a long history of dealing with the dark side of life. Murder, violence, inebriation, the Devil, graveyards -  all the classic themes that also weave through All Hallows Eve are there. Hard times,  hard feelings and the tension between a righteous life and the tugs of temptation have led to some of the best music made. Gothic Country bands revel in dark misery like Carrie White drenched in pig’s blood. Except without all the telekinetic smiting. Enjoy!

    10.  Those Poor Bastards: This World Is Evil -  There are few Gothic Country bands thatrepresent the genre so thouroughly as TPB. This World Is Evil is a prime example of the wretched wonder that they bring to thir live show.

    9.  Reverend Glasseye: 17 Lashes 17 Lashes is a horns-driven dark sea shanty by Austin-based Rev. Glasseye (Adam Glasseye ex-member of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club) worthy of going down with the ship with.

    8.  Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots: Amen Corner – This is a side project for Munly Munly, the front man for Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. It’s a yelping slice of brooding goodness.

    7.  Sixteen Horsepower: Wayfaring Stranger – This is a live version of  Wayfaring Stranger from Club Lek, January 26 2000. 16 HP is no longer a band but this is a great testament of a man meeting his maker.

    6. Scott H Biram: Blood, Sweat & Murder – Austin’s Dirty Ol’ One Man Band’s excellent gutbucket murder tune.

    5. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers:  Agony Wagon – Part Western-noir and part klezmer band Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers’ Agony Wagon is a frantic plummet into the pit of hell.

    4. Creech Holler: Pretty Polly -A gritty take on the traditional English-language murder ballad.

    3. Strawfoot: Churchyard Cough – A rousing Irish jig about the dirt nap from this fine band’s upcoming release How We Prospered.

    2. Pine Box Boys: I Kept Her Heart – A boot stomping take on the murder ballad from this great San Francisco-based band.

    1. O’Death: Low Tide – More frantic mayhem and doom from this New York band on what could be thier best song.

    Google Launches Music Search With MySpace, Lala, Pandora, and More –

    Neko Case to Stream Concert from Amsterdam

    • Neko Case has posted a bulletin on her MySpace page that she will be featured on for a live streamed concert from Amsterdam. The concert will be broadcast live on that website this Sunday morning, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. Eastern / 7 a.m. Pacific. According to the bulletin, “If you aren’t able to catch the live stream, keep checking back to FabChannel as they’ll be posting the entire performance for streaming next week!” Case will also be playing 2009’s  Bonnaroo Festival in in Manchester, Tennessee.
    • Rachel Brooke has been working with Mr. Lonesome Wyatt from Those Poor Bastards on a full length album called it “A Bitter Harvest”.  It has a May release date and will be available on CD and Viny.

    Until then Rachel has these tour dates coming up:
    Mar 6 2009
    Metrotimes Blowout! @ Carbon Lounge. Rachel and Junk, Switchblade Justice, Mantons, and Jason Croff Hamtramck, Michigan

    Mar 26 2009
    The Painted Lady, with Junk and Switchblade Justice Hamtramck, Michigan

    Mar 27 2009
    CS3 (Calhoun St.) with the Sour Mash Kats, the B-Sharps, and Paul Kuhlhorst Ft. Wayne, Indiana

    Mar 28 2009
    Shady Nook with Blue Collar Bastards Saybrook, Illinois

    Mar 29 2009
    TBA Kirksville, Missouri

    Mar 31 2009
    Players 5th Street Pub and Jon Jackson, TBA Quincy, Illinois

    Apr 1 2009
    Scagnoli’s Cajun and BBQ Lafayette, Indiana

    Apr 3 2009
    Annabell’s with the Misery Jackals! Akron, Ohio

    Apr 4 2009
    Molly Malone’s with The Misery Jackals, Wonky Tonk, Frontier Folk Nebraska Cincinnati, Ohio

    Apr 5 2009
    FooBar with the Misery Jackals and Dave Smith and the Country Rebels Nashville, Tennessee

    Hank III Confirmed Tour Dates

    Straight from the wrong side of the tracks ( comes news that Hank Williams III has some early 2009 tour dates in support of his latest offering Damn Right Rebel Proud. Those Poor Bastards will support. Let the hell raising begin.

    Feb 15 – New Orleans LA – House of Blues

    Feb 17 – Houston TX – Meridian

    Feb 18 – Austin TX – Antones

    Feb 20 – Ft Worth TX – Longhorn Ballroom

    Feb 21- Lubbock TX – Jakes

    Feb 22 – Albuquerque NM – Sunshine Theater

    Feb 23 – Tempe AZ – The Marque

    Feb 24 – San Diego CA – 4th & B

    Feb 26 – Las Vegas NV – House of Blues

    Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Show Legacy Edition – 10/14

    • Christmas is not too far away, and the perfect gift for your Country Music aficionado (ah hem) is the Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Show Deluxe Box Set. This Legacy Edition will feature a 2CD/1 DVD will feature the entire two Cash 1968 concerts from the California prison, totaling in 31 previously-unreleased tracks, including songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,” “This Ole House” and even more duets with his wife June Carter Cash. The DVD contains footage from the shows, plus interviews with Merle Haggard, Roseanne Cash and inmates who witnessed Cash’s Folsom concerts. Also featured are liner notes penned by both Cash biographer Michael Streissguth, Steve Earle and Cash himself, which he wrote in 1999. Out October 14th via Columbia/Legacy.
    • The Prophets of Country Doom Those Poor Bastards new release “Satan Is Watching” will be available (fittingly) on October 31st. on CD and Vinyl.
    • Get over to ebay and buy up all the It Burns When I Pee goodies! Norma Jean’s panties aren’t going to be up there forever people!
    • And lastly a little video from the Americana Music Conference:

    Glen Campbell – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)


    Those Poor Bastards To Release “Satan is Watching”

    Hot on the heels of “The Plague” which was released just last March Madison, WI based Gothic-Country band Those Poor Bastards will release “Satan is Watching” this October. Just in time for All Hallows Eve, kiddies.

    For the vinylphiles among you, this will be the first TPB release offered as a limited edition 12″. Track liting will be released when the final release date is ironed out.

    Those Poor Bastards – Pills I Took


    It Burns When I Pee #8 Will Swallow Your Soul!

    You smell that gentle reader? It’s the smell of brimstone from episode #8 of It Burns When I Pee, the hellicous Halloween special edition.  This episode Blake interviews Lonesome Wyatt from the Southern Gothic band Those Poor Bastards. Plus it’s brimming with monstrous music – Hank 3, Split Lip Rayfield, Hellalujah, Porter Hall Tennessee, and Joe Buck. Repent sinners or suffer the wrath of hellbilly honey Cheyenne.