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2016
| BS 240
$9.95

Carrboro

LIMITED EDITION Deluxe LP is on 180-gram vinyl and includes digital download card.

"This record is simply a sum total of my whole life and what I’ve become as of right now. Josh White, Django Reinhardt, Big John Taylor, Elvis ... I mean they all LIVE in me!" --- DEX

The album plays like the jukebox at the full service honky-tonk saloon, jazz club, Tin Pan Alley pitch house, and blues joint along the tracks. Get off at the Carrboro station.

Full Description
For nearly 30 years, the name Dex Romweber has been the password to a cool club. It lets the doorman size you up through the slit in the green door that leads to a world where rock and roll is still real… and real, real gone. Dex's progeny, impacted by his wild and wildly influential work in Flat Duo Jets, his Duo and solo, includes the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Ty Segall, the Kills, Man or Astroman? and dozens of other bands that have stripped down, turned up, and cut loose. 
  
Songs don’t just come out of Dex, they seem to erupt; there is an unearthly urgency in the singer and the song. There’s no tamping it down, Dex lays it out there every time. But sometimes – in all that mind-blowing sound and energy – the soul often gets overlooked, and Dex is, above all else, a deeply soulful performer. 
  
Carrboro, with its cover shot of the railroad tracks that run through his hometown, where on a grey day or a dark night you'd find a young Dex immersing himself in the music of his idols, is his fourth record for Bloodshot (and his first for us a solo artist). Through 13 originals and far-ranging covers, Dex reaches into his steamer trunk of influences and inspirations, and fabricates an enthralling sonic quilt. As Dex describes his approach, “It doesn’t matter to me what genre—if I like a song I might record it.” It’s all different, but all of one piece. 
  
On Carrboro, Dex assumes several musical mantles (and uncharacteristically plays all or many of the instruments). There’s the sparse and jumpy hillbilly liveliness of “Knock Knock (Who’s That Knockin’ On My Coffin Lid Door?)” with help from Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids; “Lonesome Train,” originally recorded by Cecilia Batten in nearby Chapel Hill in ’57; and a take on the T. Bone Burnett-penned “I Don’t Know,” sung by The Dude and Ryan Bingham for the film Crazy Heart (says Dex: “the lyrics seem to be so much about my own life… damn I just had to record it”). With the fuller sound of the New Romans, a 10-piece Chapel Hill collective, “Nightide” is a Tarantino grind on the surf-deck of the USS Enterprise, while Mahalia Jackson’s “Trouble of the World” throbs with a thrilling apocalyptic gloom.   
  
Dex’s last-call crooner persona kicks off the album with a surprising contemporary cover, that of English singer-songwriter Findlay Brown’s “I Had A Dream” (“It affected me deeply personally when I first heard it,” Dex explains).  He embraces “Smile,” a Charlie Chaplin tune (yeah, you read that right) and the Jerry Lee Lewis obscurity “Tomorrow’s Taking Baby Away” with Waits-ian levels of resignation and weariness. And no Dex Romweber record is complete without some instrumental wizardry. There’s the tiki surf of “Midnight at Vic’s” and the sunset dreamscape of “Out of the Way.” He even turns “My Funny Valentine,” the Rodgers and Hart Broadway chestnut from the 1930s into the soundtrack to a ghostly roller rink murder caper
  
In the end, the album plays like the jukebox at the full service honky-tonk saloon, jazz club, Tin Pan Alley pitch house, and blues joint along the tracks. Get off at the Carrboro station. 
Short Description
Dex Romweber Carrboro Album Art
  • It’s one of his strongest efforts—a terrific collection of original songs and covers that seems like a snapshot of his entire career, from primitive rockabilly to haunting instrumentals to vintage-sounding surf to gorgeous ballads.

    — Premiere Guitar
  • Carrboro would fit well on rotation at any punk bar, country saloon or even formal event, and much like everything he’s been a part of (Flat Duo Jets), there is exactly zero filler here.

    — New Noise Magazine
  • There’s a folk-inspired sweetness to the whole thing, a nod to a vibrant, influential career, and a timelessness that confirms what fans have always known: Romweber will be an indie icon for years to come.

    — Connect Savannah
  • So glad to see that this unsung legend (yes, legend) is still out there fighting the good fight… On Carrboro he shows off a bit more of his soulful side, especially in the vocal department, and guess what, the dude’s got some pipes.

    — Dagger Zine
  • Dex Romweber = Nick Cave + Link Wray + Heavy Trash

    — Slug Magazine
  • Anachronistic twangfest of ramshackle rockabilly, sax-blasted noir, reverb-sprung garage and more. Make yourself at home.

    — Sun Media
  • Carrboro is modern rockabilly at its finest, in all its twang-embracing, hip-shaking glory, with a little surf guitar added in for good measure.

    — New Noise Magazine
  • Though he’s known for rockabilly workouts and seat-of-his-pants guitar playing, Romweber demonstrates on Carrboro that he has wide-ranging taste, and a matching ability to make almost any song into a perfect fit.

    — Paste Magazine
  • Fierce and singular in all aspects of musicianship, he’s a performer you should make a point of seeing.

    — Philly Voice
  • Between his deep, baritone croon and predilection for dimly-lit rockabilly, spaghetti-western surf and back-alley, rain-drenched tones, it’s only a matter of time until some enterprising film director latches on to Romweber’s stylized music for a soundtrack. And they can start with any of the 13 tracks on this album.

    — American Songwriter
  • Dex Romweber has been creating music for so long- and so effortlessly- that one can forget just how good he really is.

    — Ink 19

Track List

  1. I Had A Dream
  2. Lonesome Train
  3. Nightide
  4. Tomorrow’s Taking Baby Away
  5. Trouble of the World
  6. My Funny Valentine
  7. I Don’t Know
  8. Where Do You Roam?
  9. Smile
  10. Knock Knock (Who’s That Knocking’ On My Coffin Lid Door?)
  11. Midnight At Vic’s
  12. Out Of The Way
  13. Tell Me Why I Do

Listen

On Tour

May
25
2017

@ House of Rock
Corpus Christi, TX

May
26
2017

@ The Rock Box
San Antonio, TX

May
27
2017

@ Grizzly Hall
Austin, TX

May
28
2017

@ Luna Live
Lake Charles, LA

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