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The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides

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The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides Review

by Erik Hage

Before any insurgent country diehards rush out to purchase this album, they should be forewarned: it's a collection of children's songs -- though not necessarily an album for children. In fact, the results are just twisted and subversive enough to give mom and dad some listening pleasure (assuming that mom and dad went to college in the halcyon days of Uncle Tupelo and have a subscription to No Depression magazine). There aren't only tried-and-true kid's songs on this collection -- such as Rosie Flores' wonderfully swinging "Red, Red Robin" -- there are also, believe it or not, some fine originals. Examples include Alejandro Escovedo's touching birthday tune "Sad and Dreamy (The Big 1-0)" and a song that Cornell Hurd (leader of Austin, TX, Western swing revue the Cornell Hurd Band) originally wrote for his young sons called "Don't Wipe Your Face on Your Shirt." This compilation is a lot of fun and good listening without trekking down the novelty path.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Rosie Flores 02:11 Amazon
2
Kelly Hogan 03:37 Amazon
3 One Riot One Ranger 02:49 Amazon
4 Alejandro Escovedo 04:58 Amazon
5 Robbie Fulks 03:48 Amazon
6 00:51 Amazon
7 Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops 02:11 Amazon
8 Cornell Hurd 02:34 Amazon
9 The Handsome Family 02:17 Amazon
10 Jane Baxter-Miller 02:36 Amazon
11 Asylum Street Spankers 01:58 Amazon
12 Rex Hobart 02:21 Amazon
13
00:36 Amazon
14 Carolyn Mark 03:03 Amazon
15 Andy Hopkins / Jon Rauhouse 02:07 Amazon
16 Chris Ligon 01:46 Amazon
17 Split Lip Rayfield 01:02 Amazon
18 Waco Brothers 02:31 Amazon
19 Steve Frisbie / Nora O'Connor 02:53 Amazon
20 00:53 Amazon
21 Devil in a Woodpile 01:59 Amazon
22 The Meat Purveyors 02:09 Amazon
23
Kim Lenz 02:05 Amazon
24
Freakwater 03:30 Amazon
25 Kelly Hogan 03:07 Amazon
26 Trailer Bride 02:10 Amazon
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