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1998
| BS 026
$6.49

Sweet in the Pants

Puttin' the ass back in bluegrass; songs about shallow graves, winning the Sweepstakes, pot-smoking, and other topics deemed unsavory by fusspot standards.

Full Description

Puttin' the ass back in bluegrass, these Austin-ites arm themselves with fiddles, mandolins, and guitars and run headlong into the battle of Left Hand Hate and Right Hand Love with their debut CD. On the right hand, there are exquisite renditions of anthems from Merle Haggard ("The Bottle Let Me Down"), Elvis (a glorious re-imagining of "Burning Love"), Dolly Parton ("Lady Muleskinner Blues"), and the Everly Brothers (the excellent and time-honored murder ballad "The Willow Garden") . On the left hand, there are the original and occasionally profane gutter brawls with songs about shallow graves ("Biggest Mistake"), winning the Sweepstakes ("Dempsey Nash"), pot-smoking (the ANTHEMIC "Go Out Smokin'"), and other topics deemed unsavory by contemporary bluegrass standards.

All of this (as if it weren't enough already!!) is fronted by a singer who's a little bit Hazel Dickens, a little bit Janis Joplin, and a little bit Squeaky Fromme. Features the fiddle work of Ralph White (ex-Bad Livers) and Steve Rosen (who played on Robbie Fulks' first record).

Join the battle, brothers and sisters: the choice is yours.

Choice Cuts:
100 Miles
Biggest Mistake
Burning Love
Go Out Smokin'

Short Description
  • Following in the footsteps of the Bad Livers, Austin's The Meat Purveyors are giving traditional sounding bluegrass a ragged, at times manic, kick in the pants.

    — In Music We Trust
  • The deconstruction/reconstruction of such a well-known form is a risk, and the ability to pull it off successfully is rare. The contemporization of such age-old bluegrass and country themes as crime, loss, murder, and infidelity comes with ease for the Purveyors.

    — Creative Loafing
  • It's obvious that each member of TMP is a topnotch talent. Brilliant songwriting, near hypnotizing harmonies, and some of the hottest picking and fiddling ... filled with reverie, sadness, and the pioneer spirit.

    — Pitch Weekly

Track List

  • 1. Dempsey Nash
  • 2. 100 Miles
  • 3. The Bottle Let Me Down
  • 4. Lady Muleskinner
  • 5. Biggest Mistake
  • 6. Victoria's Waltz
  • 7. Leave That Man Alone
  • 8. I'll Be There
  • 9. Burning Love
  • 10. Bill's Breakdown
  • 11. Why Honey Why
  • 12. Go Out Smokin'
  • 13. Willow Garden

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