Buttermilk & Rifles

Buttermilk & Rifles

by Kev Russell's Junker



A gaggle of Gourds alumni and other Austin stalwarts gathers around Russell on this raggedy, amiable outing. Acoustic textures blow a dusty film over Russell's saloon croon as he delivers the Texas equivalent of old-time British pub rock. His writing is deliberately cockeyed; one wonderful song, "I'm a Robot," was co-written with his nearly three-year-old son and thus spills over with images that range from the Power Rangers to Jesus Christ. (Dad and collaborator briefly reprise the chorus as a duo at the end of the disc.) But even on his own there's something exuberantly anarchic about Russell; who knows why he put a portrait of Ivan Pavlov, complete with birth and death dates, next to an original folk fable he calls "Blackfoot"? This attitude guides and, despite all odds, distinguishes his writing throughout Buttermilk & Rifles as well; whether turning the title of "Ashes in M'Beard" to nonsense through demented repetition or shrugging off his hometown as "a stone on the moon" on the besotted lament "Milk & Tears," he hurls images around like dice on a bar and seems to come up a winner every time.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2002
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891106922
catalogNumber: 1069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kev Russell's Junker   Primary Artist
Steve James   Mandolin,Slide Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Kevin Russell   Guitar,Mandolin,Ukulele,Vocals,Resonator
Jon Dee Graham   Lap Steel Guitar
Max Johnston   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Mark Rubin   Tuba,Double Bass
Keith Langford   Percussion,Drums
Mike Nicolai   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Amy Boone   Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Claude Bernard   Guitar
Jimmy Smith   Electric Bass,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Paul Brainard   Trumpet
Mike Stewart   Bass
Guthrie Russell   Ukulele,Vocals,Ukeke
Travis Garaffa   Drums
Debra Kelly   Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Matt Cook   Electric Bass
Rob Bernard   Guitar,Electric Guitar

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