Posted by: kubiakl | October 28, 2008

Overcoming A Name

There are some ridiculous band names out there.  If you can think of it, someone has probably named their band after it.  Like Slobberbone.

slobberbone – noun.  A bone used as a chew toy for a dog, which usually gets covered in canine saliva.

Slobberbone – proper noun.  One of the best alt.country bands to ever hit the scene, hailing from Denton, TX.

I’ve always said that if we ever overcome the stigma of our name, we’ll know that we’ve truly arrived.” – Brent Best

It’s not like the idea of mixing country and rock music was new when Slobberbone formed in the mid 90’s.  Gram Parsons started it in the late 60’s/early 70’s, and Uncle Tupelo really defined alt.country when they released “No Depression” in 1990.  Slobberbone just did it amazingly well.

“Crow Pot Pie” was first released in 1994, then re-released in ’96.  The themes of the songs are familiar to any country fan, from the lovesick “I Can Tell Your Love Is Waning”, to the pissed-off ex in “Shoot You Dead”, to the drunken fool in “Sober Song”.  But Brent Best’s delivery is far from standard country crooning, and the band doesn’t have the Nashville polish that was so prevalent on the radio.

They pumped out three more excellent albums, “Barrel Chested”, “Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today”, and “Slippage”.  Then, like many great bands, they disbanded.  Brent Best, guitarist Jess Barr, and drummer Tony Harper formed The Drams with Keith Killoren and Chad Stockslager.  The Drams sound more polished, but I miss the rough and tumble sound of Slobberbone myself.  Youtube videos for them were hard to find, but here are a few decent ones:

“Sweetness, That’s Your Cue” from the album “Slippage”

Brent Best doing “Pinball Song” by himself:

The rest of the videos were really poor quality, so I’ll skip those.  I don’t want you to dislike them before you really get the full picture.  Go check out all of their albums, there are some real alt.country gems to be found.  If you like bands similar to the Drive-By Truckers, you will love Slobberbone.

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