The Gourds

Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx mentioned the band in her 2011 autobiography “Bird Cloud.” She writes, “I kept hearing the voice of the Gourds’ Kevin Russell, which always sounds to me like a graft of a carny hustler onto a Missouri River flatboat man, roaring about putting down his brown cow.”

Huffington Post previewed the band’s new album Old Mad Joy, out next week on Vanguard, with writer Sal Nunziato calling it “one special release [that] should end up on every critic’s year-end ‘best of’ list”:

He continues, “I’ve had Old Mad Joy on repeat for a week now, and I have to blame the band for my uncharacteristically good mood. Produced by Larry Campbell, the right hand man of both Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, and recorded at Levon’s legendary barn in Woodstock, Old Mad Joy will no doubt evoke Helm’s old pals, The Band… The Gourds can also rock with the best of ’em.”

The band will play LA’s The Echo tomorrow and NYC’s Sullivan Hall on October 1. Click here for full tour dates:


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