Waco Brothers & Paul Burch: Great Chicago Fire

TRACKLIST

  1. Great Chicago Fire
  2. Give In
  3. Wrong Side of Love
  4. Flight to Spain
  5. Cannonball
  6. Monterey
  7. Someone That You Know
  8. Transfusion Blues
  9. On The Sly
  10. Up On The Mountain
  11. Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Bloodshot says:

A COLLABORATION WITH PAUL BURCH

A Chicago band known for its muddy work boots, anarchic stage shows and fondness for committing musical “pure butchery” (the New York Times’ words, not ours) may seem an odd match for the stylish craft and classicism of a Nashville
songwriting treasure, but that’s just what came to be on the Great Chicago Fire.

Great Chicago Fire is a happy collaboration borne out of label mates, Paul Burch, a progenitor of the ‘90s Nashville Lower Broad scene, and the Waco Brothers, the Lenin-esque statue in the Square where the avenues of punk, country and rockn-roll intersect, sharing pitchers of Guerro’s margaritas in Austin, TX at SXSW. Maybe it was the salt, maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the parade of cowboy boot shoppers and industry moguls passing before their eyes on South Congress Avenue, but two distinct creative energies decided to explorewhat music they could make together. Sharing songwriting, performing and production credits, it’s the Wacos’ first new material since 2005’s Freedom and Weep and puts Paul’s voice at the front and center of their mighty sonic assault; it’s a willing collision of energy and ideas, of different voices, possibilities and permutations.

It turns out that the spit of the Waco Brothers, so at home in the blue collar and punk rock dives of Chicago, share an emotional camaraderie with the polish of the traditionally minded and archetypal stories and songs Nashville’s Paul Burch has skillfully produced in his career, with both styles benefiting in surprising ways. The anthemic bluster of the Wacos, exemplified on the title song—with the whiff of T. Rex in its grooves—adds muscle to the thoughtful eloquence of the Burch penned “Monterey” and the galloping “Transfusion Blues,” while the Appalachian echoes in “Up On The Mountain” move from the holler to the pub.

On the flipside, Jon Langford’s jittery first-wave punk urgency on “Cannonball” is tempered by Burch’s deft touch with the piano and hand jive percussion; don’t even get us waxing about the tremolo guitar and those saucy sweet backing vocals
by Tawney Newsome and Bethany Thomas. With Burch’s inborn pop leanings as a polestar, the Wacos show they not be all fistfight energy, as with their closing time wistfulness on the gorgeous and lush “Flight to Spain.” Similarly, Deano’s meaty hooks and rust belt lyricism on “Give In” and “On The Sly” would fit right in at the Nashville watering hole shrine Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Wrapping it all up with the sun’s about to come up and it’s time to go home giddiness of a night spent jamming with friends is a bleary and joyful singalong version of Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.”

Xmas

xmas2011Dec 28/29th: Schuba’s Chicago

Come April

04.01.11     NY    Brooklyn    The Bell House
04.14.11     OH    Cleveland    Beachland Ballroom

SXSW 2011

SXSW AUSTIN TX MARCH 2011

THURSDAY 03-16:
2pm:  JL & SKULL ORCHARD - BALLARD PARTY at TROPHY’S - 2008 S. Congress
3.50pm: JL & SKULL ORCHARD - DOGFISH HEAD party GINGERMAN - 301 Lavaca St
4.30pm: WACO BROS - DOGFISH HEAD party GINGERMAN
7pm:  JL & SKULL ORCHARD & friends (acoustic) - YARD DOG
- 1510 S. Congress – (Skull Orchard Revisited BOOK LAUNCH)
MIDNITE:  JL & SKULL ORCHARD (SXSW Showcase) - Continental Club
– 1315 S. Congress

FRIDAY 03-17:
2pm-3pm:  JL – SXSW panel at convention center (room 16b)
5pm:  WACO BROS - Bloodshot Party at Yard Dog
8.15:  JL & SKULL ORCHARD - Roof top party at CHEERS SHOT BAR - 416 E 6th St

SATURDAY 03-18:
2pm: WACO BROS Twang fest Party at JOVITA’S - 1619 S. First St
5- 5.30pm: JL & SKULL ORCHARD – YARD DOG PARTY
7PM: WACO BROS (acoustic) Music Fog videotaping at THREADGILLS
– 301 W. Riverside Drive
11pm: WACO BROS – BLOODSHOT SXSW Showcase at Red Eye Fly
- 715 Red River Street

Free Deno CD

Deano has made a new cd available for download.

Deano from Waco Brothers: New Songs with Meat Purveyors

First 2011 Tour Dates

January 8, 2010
Dollar Store w/ The Mediums @ The Friendly Tap
Doors-9 p.m.
6733 12th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 484-9794
www.friendlytap.net

Sunday, 16 January 2011 at 19:30
Skull Orchard Acoustic Show w/ Pinky
Irish American Heritage Center-Chicago, IL

Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 8:30
Waco Brothers
Mayne Stage-Chicago, IL

Friday, 21 January 2011 at 8:30
Waco Brothers
Bands for Bell School Benefit
Martyrs-Chicago, IL

Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 8:30
Waco Brothers
Bar None-Springfield, IL

Saturday, 05 February 2011 at 19:30
Skull Orchard Acoustic Show w/ Pinky
Barnabas Arts House-New Ruperra St Newport NP20 2BB

Sunday 06 February at 20:00
Jon Langford & Jim Elkington (Skull Orchard Acoustic)
Opening for DEAF SCHOOL
Leeds, UK

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 at 21:00
Skull Orchard Acoustic Show w/ Pinky
The Windmill-Brixton, London

Sunday, 20 February 2011 at 20:00
Jon Langford
Philly Beer Bash
North Star Bar-Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 20:00
Skull Orchard Acoustic Show w/ Pinky
Off Broadway- St Louis, MO

Sept 22: Friendly Tap

Who

from Australia…Chuck’s Wagon with guests Waco Brothers!!!!

When

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

9:00pm - 21+

Where

Friendly Tap

6733 W. Roosevelt Road

Berwyn, IL, United States 60402

Haiti benefit

BENEFIT FOR HAITI AT THE HIDEOUT THIS MONDAY 18TH JAN

THE WACO BROTHERS

ELEVENTH DREAM DAY

Show starts 8pm

Eleventh Dream Day at 8.15pm

Wacos at 9.15pm

$20 admission.  All door proceeds go to Partners in Health (pih.org)

Christmas time’s a comin

You can listen to Bob Dylan’s new one or you can see the Wacos (as usual). Look at the tour dates, they are forever changin.

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