Guns, booze, loneliness, and heartache can only lead to one of two things: punk rock or country music. As it so happens, punk rock’s most versatile father figure has teamed up with country troubadours The Sadies for an album that delivers updated renditions of classics by such greats as Waylon Jennings and Ray Price as well as a few originals.
Having initially made his mark as a founding member of the seminal L.A. punk band X and their alter-ego the Knitters, John Doe has a lot of mileage under his belt. This road worn mileage emerges like the natural wear of a tire against concrete on the Porter Wagoner classic, “The Cold Hard Facts of Life.” Doe gives just the right amount of delivery to keep the story as the primary focus while still making the version unique.
The instrumental originals, “The Sudbury Nickel” and “Pink Mountain Rag,” are evidence that the players can remain loose yet professional. The beautiful Kathleen Edwards adds accompanying vocals on several tracks which really brings out the classic Opry feel.
Country Club is out now on Yep Roc Records.