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Wreck Your Life

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Deluxe 180-gram vinyl reissue!  First time on wax as a standalone release. Includes digital download.


Wreck Your Life documents a band hitting its stride, the confidence growing as quickly as the crowds, and it holds up beautifully.
True punk mettle fearlessly cross-bred with deep country soul.

Full Description

This one'll set your hair on fire. True punk mettle fearlessly cross-bred with deep country soul. The Bloodshot debut album, recorded in the attic of a house in the nascent hipster Ground Zero neighborhood Wicker Park by the favorite sons of Dallas is chock full of blinding stutter guitar, soaring vocal harmonies, and keen songwriting. Find out how it all started. It was also our first (sort of) hit record.

Features cameos by Jon Langford (on his tune "Over the Cliff") and yodeling legend Don Walser ("Old Familiar Steam.") Twelve hard-charging Texas now-classics including "Victoria Lee" and "Big Brown Eyes" as well as blistering covers of Bill Monroe (the bluegrass meets drag strip race version of "My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin'") and the Disney chestnut by the Three Caballeros "You Belong To My Heart."

Wreck Your Life documents a band hitting its stride, the confidence growing as quickly as the crowds, and it holds up beautifully.  Forebears like the Everlys and Simon and Garfunkel that we were too stupid or young or hungover from sweaty shows to recognize at the time shine even brighter now, alongside the more energetic, obvious influences that drew a line from the House of Cash to the alley behind legendary Chicago punk club Lounge Ax.

Roots-Rock Scares come and go, but the kind of energy, lyrical talent and inventive alchemical acumen that Wreck Your Life has in spades never falls from favor.

The 97s were on their way.

Short Description
  • One of the most stunning sophomore albums in Rock history: the thunderously classic Wreck Your Life.

    — City Beat
  • All of the material has a sense of humor and demented twist and the songwriting has a fresh, infectious brilliance.

    — Cleveland Free Times
  • Perhaps what's most striking about the songs on Wreck Your Life, listening to them nearly 15 years on, is their ragged, go-for-broke spirit: [how they]subvert traditional country conventions with real aplomb and an attention to song structure.

    — Slant
  • Injecting new energy into an alternative country movement too often marred by pretentious dilettantes ... the 97's deliver well-wrought 'twang-core' tunes with infectious enthusiasm and a knowing wink ... Pure honky-tonkin' ecstasy.

    — Tower Pulse!
  • Further proof that country-rock is not an oxymoron, nor the province of laid-back Californians and smug Nashville wankers.

    — Option
  • A band as reverent toward country music as it is rooted in punk... Mix it all together and you get gut-punching, sing-along music with lyrics so good you have to smile.

    — Hits

Track List

  • 1. Victoria
  • 2. Other Shoe
  • 3. Doreen
  • 4. You Belong to My Heart
  • 5. Big Brown Eyes
  • 6. Dressing Room Walls
  • 7. W-I-F-E
  • 8. Bel Air
  • 9. My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin'
  • 10. Old Familiar Steam
  • 11. Over the Cliff
  • 12. Goin' Goin' Gone


On Tour


@ Skyline Event Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma


@ Banditos Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


@ House of Blues
New Orleans, Louisiana


@ Stubbs BBQ
Austin, Texas

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