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Sundowners

RIP, Don Walls, Last of The Sundowners

We're sad to report that the last remaining member of the legendary Chicago country band The Sundowners, Don Walls, passed away yesterday. The Sundowners were good friends of Bloodshot and an inspiration to younger bands, like the Waco Brothers. In this essay, Waco Jon Langford explains what The Sundowners meant to him. In 2004, we released a compilation of The Sundowners' catalog (only a small portion of the 15,000 songs they learned to play), which is still available on CD and digitally.

Outstanding Sundowners Documentary included on DVD

"The Sundowners" is a wonderful and loving documentary by George Goehl ("Jimmy Martin: King of Bluegrass") and shows the history of a band that ruled the Chicago honky tonks for 30 years through rare performance footage and home movies. It can be found on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed. This DVD features 31 videos and live performances from the likes of Ryan Adams, Bobby Bare Jr, Deadstring Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97s, and the Waco Brothers, 8 short films with appearances and performances by Split Lip Rayfield, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, The Meat Purveyors and others, plus a photo and poster gallery .