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The Gougers

The Gougers

Other / Alt.Country / Indie Austin, TX  US
Everybody Knows
Everybody Knows
Manheim Station
Manheim Station
Michael
Michael
Oldcrow Scarecrow
Oldcrow Scarecrow
Rosaline
Rosaline

Videos

The Gougers - Everybody Knows

Shows

  • 2009

    Aug 22

    Houston, TX, US | 7:30pm

    THE GOUGERS August 22, 7:30pm, $15THE GOUGERSFor The Gougers, it is more important that audiences hear the lyrics of the songs created by the singing/writing team of Shane Walker and Jamie Wilson — poems of vivid imagery, human struggle, subtle social comment, truth — than be concerned with what sort of genre the band's music fits into.That's because The Gougers' sound takes in most genres, constantly moving in and out of country, rock, folk, roots, or mixing them up, as Walker and Wilson experiment and evolve as songwriters. They're playing with rhythm and instrumental effects, too, along the lines of influences and music mavericks Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris and Bright Eyes and premier musical partners David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

  • 2009

    Apr 10

    Houston, TX, US | 5:00pm

    The Gougers Official web siteThe Gougers McGonigel's Mucky DuckApril 10, 2009McGonigel's Mucky Duck presents The Gougers. For The Gougers, it is more important that audiences hear the lyrics of the songs created by the singing/writing team of Shane Walker and Jamie Wilson — poems of vivid imagery, human struggle, subtle social comment, truth — than be concerned with what sort of genre the band’s music fits into.That’s because The Gougers’ sound takes in most genres, constantly moving in and out of country, rock, folk, roots, or mixing them up, as Walker and Wilson experiment and evolve as songwriters. They’re playing with rhythm and instrumental effects, too, along the lines of influences and music mavericks Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris and Bright Eyes and premier musical partners David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.Formerly as The Sidehill Gougers, the four-piece Americana band contributed to such albums as Palo Duro Records’ TEXAS UNPLUGGED: VOL. 2 (2006) — an example of the neo-traditional porch-and-parlor, mandolin-and-fiddle facet of its music, the tender “One Tiny Sin” — and recorded RUNAWAY SCRAPE (2003), the band's debut CD, and an EP, GONE TO SEED (2005), a harmonic and graceful collection of what the band calls "seven little folk songs."Now the Sidehill has been dropped, a drummer has been added, and there’s been a switch to electric guitar and bass. The outstanding vocals of Walker and Wilson wrap around a vibrating soundscape — and always a great lyric. Take, for instance, “oldcrow/Scarecrow,” which talks about boozing and ends with appropriate suddenness.“You get tangled like a kite so you go out and hang the sheets and blow hours off the clock like dandelion seeds that float away as flowers just to come back up as weeds. You live one day to wake up two days older.Using Old Crow for a scarecrow to keep the birds away, while you're crushing out Old Golds in a plastic ashtray.”That song’s on The Gougers’ latest album, A LONG DAY FOR THE WEATHERVANE, along with “Everybody Knows,” an excellent commentary on authenticity featuring Wilson’s pure tones, and “Manheim Station,” the working-man’s musical manual. Five songs on GONE TO SEED were re-recorded for WEATHERVANE, songs fans can’t get enough of, like “John Henry” and “It'll Get Better,” which Walker and Wilson wrote via text messages and voice mail.The Gougers are Shane Walker on vocals, guitar and harmonica; Jamie Wilson on vocals and acoustic guitar; Cody Foote on electric and upright bass; and John Ross Silva on drums and percussion, who kept his talents secret while he mastered the recording and then joined the band as it tours from Houston to Oklahoma City. Silva (with engineering credits for Dixie Chicks, Shawn Colvin, John Alagia and Lloyd Maines) had been a friend of the band and its incarnations for years, and it was he who brought in country-rocker-producer Keith Gattis, who oversaw the production.The two Texas songwriters teamed up this way: Walker, the deep singer/songwriter who played drums and piano by age 4 (and later guitar), heard Wilson singing harmony in a cantina in College Station where together they attended Texas A&M and was blown away. Both had grown up in small towns: he from Crawford, she from Sealy. Jamie was raised listening to good country music and soaking up influences from Bob Wills to Bruce Springsteen, while Walker was absorbing the songwriting skills of high-caliber pistols like Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt, and the symbolic anthropology of Joseph Campbell.When the four put their talented heads together, what results is an eclectic blend of new music and lyrics refined to the basics — as stark yet as loaded with meaning as the band’s logo and band members’ tattoos: a crying bird ready to fly from its perch atop a broken heart.

  • 2009

    Mar 13

    Helotes, TX, US | 8:00pm
  • 2009

    Feb 8

    Nashville, TN, US | 7:00pm

    Toby Lightman with The Gougers and Brandon McGuiness Toby Lightman with The Gougers and Brandon McGuiness

  • 2009

    Feb 7

    Greenwood, SC, US | 8:00pm

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“Walker and Wilson know what they're doing when it comes to playing the instruments of language and voice. They love words. They like the play of imagery and poetry and philosophical subtext...”

— NO DEPRESSION

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  • Song Plays 322
  • Video Plays 28
  • Total Fans 90
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