MP3 Drunken Prayer - ROCK: Roots Rock
Drunken Prayer is Country Soul. Subtle, emotive lyrics pitched against classic, imaginative arrangements that bring to mind the most basic elements of Rock and Roll: freewheeling Saturday Night sin and bitter Sunday Morning remorse.
9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Roots Rock, COUNTRY: Country Rock
This is unapologetic American music--straight, no irony chaser. Drunken Prayer are aware of their influences but they progress them by keeping their tongues far enough away from their collective cheeks that the album sounds classic and fresh at the same time. These sorrowful, brutish, hell-bent songs pick up a narrative thread that''s too long been left in the dirt.
Long may they ride.
In the year 2000 Bloodshot Records released, on their 5th year anniversary compilation, a cover of Public Enemy''s "Bring the Noise" by a Country Punk trio in gold leather suits from Asheville, North Carolina. The Unholy Trio, with MORGAN GEER also featured current members of Freakwater and the Reigning Sound.
MISS AUDRA began singing and playing piano when she was 3, in her daddy''s Baptist church back in Bristol, TN. Little known fact: Little Miss Sullivan County was a clogger at Dollywood. How about that?
KEITH RICHARD MCCARTHY of Minneapolis, MN is a real soul man. A Motown disciple with a rockabilly hairdo, Keith''s one of the most respected bass players in Portland.
Despite his fancy Harvard book learnin'', KEVIN JAMES STILL from Atlanta, GA is still somehow able to tap into the primal marriage of heart and rhythm with authority and grace.
"I hear Roy Orbison''s voice channeled thru a televangelist gone wrong. His guitar smokes like Link Wray on Bible belt steroids....with the sweet & petit Miss Audra aping Iris Dement as a piano pounder in a sleazy gold rush Saloon, while erstwhile drums & bass blast tin cans off the back yard fence at 50 paces... A SHOW STOPPING, GOSPEL REVIVAL TURNED MURDEROUS RAMPAGE."
Lisa Lepine, (promotion queen and music business consultant, Portland, OR)