77 EL DEORA | Sirens

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by 77 EL DEORA

Intelligent, original, neo-noir honky tonk in the classic rhythms and themes of western America: cheatin', lyin', drinkin', dyin', broken hearts, shattered dreams, bright, twangy guitars and the Ray Price shuffle.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (Ain't I a) Handsome Fool?
3:52 $0.99
2. This Record Sucks
2:31 $0.99
3. My Old Address Book
2:57 $0.99
4. Bad Boy
3:59 $0.99
5. Is This Gonna Hurt?
4:05 $0.99
6. The Devil in My Ear
3:13 $0.99
7. 3:30 in the Afternoon
2:24 $0.99
8. Lucky Tonight
3:30 $0.99
9. The Same
3:44 $0.99
10. Color Me Gone
4:29 $0.99
11. Fire on the Mountain
3:16 $0.99
12. Cryin' Over You
2:41 $0.99
13. Orange Jumpsuit
2:36 $0.99
14. Wash Your Hands
4:32 $0.99
15. Workin'
5:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
77 EL DEORA is a San Francisco-based, 5-piece, alt-country/Americana outfit. Formed in 2004, the band has honed its sound through diet, exercise and constant live shows, amassing a loyal following of discriminating roots music aficionados and other social misfits.

At the core are the sparring male and female vocals of Jenn Courtney and songwriter Maurice Tani, framed with Steve Kallai's sweet fiddle, Tani's intrusive electric guitar work, Keith Bahjat's slappin', clankin', doghouse, bull-fiddle, acoustic bass, and the virtuous, ethical drumming drums of drummer Christopher Fisher. The sound is sometimes breathy acoustic, sometimes searing electric, and often both.

Though the spotlight dances the width of the stage, singer Jennifer Courtney is the primary, recurring focus of attention. Her larger-than-life presence and luxurious, full-sized voice animate the material with personal spark. Alternately strong, vulnerable, sexy and funny, she brings a full palette of color to the songs. Dark and lush, even when the lyric is light, her rich voice delivers a tender kiss on the lips and a startling punch in the gut with successive breaths. If Jenn Courtney sings these songs as if they were written for her, it's because they were.

With Courtney as his muse and central character, songwriter/guitarist Maurice Tani has constructed a repertoire full of dry irony and dark humor. The songs are twangy ruminations ranging from rye to romantic. Tender to aggressive. Smart, original, neo-noir honky tonk in the classic rhythms and themes of western America: cheatin', lyin', drinkin', dyin', broken hearts, shattered dreams, bright twangy guitars and the Ray Price shuffle...



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lex webber

Great songs performed with grace
I am not much of a country music buff, but I have fallen in love with most of what is on this CD. The performances are spectacular and the songs really appeal to me, enough to want to learn a few. My real favorites are Is This Gonna Hurt, Wash Your Hands, and The Same. Great work! Oh, forgot to mention Workin.

Slacker Country

Their debut CD, “Sirens,” is as impressively authentic sounding as the band’s im
If you’ve ever traveled I-40 through Amarillo, you’ve no doubt seen a true example of classic “Americana:” the Big Texan Steakhouse with its giant billboard challenge - if you can eat the entire 72 oz T-bone steak, it’s free. Next to the fabled Cadillac Ranch, it’s Amarillo’s most famous landmark.

I’ve known a few people who’ve tried; but no one who ever walked out without having to pay.

77 el Deora’s bass player, Keith Bahjat, says that he has. That seems to me to be a perfect little factoid for a band that calls their style “Oblique Americana.”

Their debut CD, “Sirens,” is as impressively authentic sounding as the band’s image is ambitiously hip. Think of all those great crossover country songs that made it to the pop music top 40 charts in the sixties and seventies, throw in a keen visual artistic sense, and front the whole thing with a very talented male-female duet and you’ve got some idea of what these guys have going on.

Right out there is singer Jenn Courtney. She’s got this incredibly soulful and expressive voice that really grabs you with its depth and range. She’s good.

Then there’s singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Maurice Tani. His voice recalls Ray Price by way of Buck Owens. He’s good too.

They’ve got that pop art thing as well. Poke around their website, you’ll find an archive of their show announcement posters, with ultra cool pulp fiction graphics. They’re heavy on the girls with guns theme and they’re all accompanied by little story snippets with lots of vague intrigue. It’s a great way to waste some time on the internet.

And if you think these guys are all style and no substance, then stick just “Sirens” in the player.

Tani has some great country guitar chops and a dead-on sense for country songwriting. His writing reminds me a little of Dwight Yoakam, with a keen sense for what works within the constraints of country music. His songs are rooted in classic country and frequently show a sense of humor that keeps them entertaining without becoming mere novelty. And he's been around, paying his dues playing every kind of music in clubs and bars in Texas and the San Francisco area since the nineteen seventies.

Tani says that writing for a female perspective is an interesting challenge in that women can get away with lyrics that a man can’t. He’s found a perfect vehicle for that challenge in Jenn Courtney. Tani hooked up with Courtney in a Bay-area band called The Hillside Wranglers. Time will tell, but at first listen it sounds like a match made in alt country heaven. Wherever that is.

77 el Deora also features Bahjat on upright bass, drummer Christopher Fisher, Tani’s former bandmate from Calamity and Main and mandolin/ fiddle player Steve Kallai. Kallai’s fiddle seems to really drive the sound behind the vocals.

There’s so much great material on “Sirens,” it’s hard to point to a single, or even a couple, highlights. There are 17 tracks and, well, they’re good.

They do a Bakersfield thing ("My Old Address Book") and Tani channels Buck. Courtney does a blustery swagger ("Ain't I a Handsome Fool") and then belts out a plaintive, sentimental ballad ("Is This Gonna Hurt") that rivals K. D. Lang at her torch ballad best. Tani croons a Roy Orbison cover ("Crying") and Courtney kicks out a honky-tonk stomp ("3:30 In The Afternoon"). They both harmonize beautifully on a folksy down-home gospel song ("Fire On the Mountain").

If you haven’t already, you can hear “Sirens” in steady rotation on Boot Liquor Radio.

Unlike that 5 pound steak in Amarillo, you won’t have any trouble digesting 77 el Deora’s “Sirens” all at once and when it's over, you’ll probably even be ready for more.

I know I am.

These guys are good.


Gator's Backyard

All I can say about this CD, is if you don't have it you just don't like MUSIC.
Gator writes "I present to you maybe the best Country California Band that I have ever heard.

I don't normally write such a long review of any CD, but this one is off the meter of enjoyment. It is an Eleven out of ten.

You will notice that I did not label them as Honky-Tonk, they are, or Pure Country, Blues, Folk, Rock & Roll, or any other particular style. They are all of the above and more. To explain you will have to work you way through the review, and even that doesn't do justice to them. So you will also have to get the CD and hear for yourself.

The lead singers are Maurice Tani, who writes a lot of their songs and Jenn Courtney, who has one of the fullest voices you will find in any song. When either is the lead singer, they are the lead, when background they do pure harmony, beyond belief. When they share the song in parts, it is glorious.

I have a music Video that they did with Jenn as the lead singer and I wish there was a way to put it on the radio, but this isn't Television Louisiana. The video is from their song "Lucky Tonight, but the good news is that I have it on the playlist a song.

The CD that 77 el Deora has put out is called "Sirens" It is packed with several styles of music. It seems that Maurice likes classical music and there is that theme hidden deep down under in Lucky Tonight. You will find a honky-tonk song called "Ain't I a Hansome Fool" in which some of the best harmony to be found in a honky-tonk song you will find.

Jenn, and the band hit the bulls eye with "Bad Boy". It is hard to put this song in one box. The only thing I could say if you put Charlie Daniels Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Bonnie Rait, The Andrew Sisters, and The Tractors all on one stage and ask them to do a song together, this is the one that they would want to do, and it would sound just like the song presented here.

Maurice has taken an old song from Roy Orbinson called Cryin' and rearranged it to a slower beat but done with excellence.

While listening to "Is this Gonna Hurt", I was reminded of the 50's love songs, to ABBA. This love song is one of the greatest. Jenn and the background singer, and the musicians really wacked this one off my charts.

"Keep your hands to yourself" will put you back with Jerry Lee. They have kept the Rock & Roll spirit of the song and gave it an excellent Country twist.

"My old address book" could have been written for Jim Stafford, Ray Stevens or even Jerry Reed. This is a cute novelity love song, but could not have been done better than Jenn and Maurice did it.

"Orange Jumpsuit" is a love song about a prisioner, with a Texas Swing style.

"The Devil in my Ear" & "The Same",well no one could do these songs except this band. You can put this one in a box either. I had the 60's and folk music in my mind, with lots of harmony, and a great beat.

"Wash your hands", this song is sung in the country blues style. Jenn has shown her versitility with her singing of this song.

The last song "Working". I am not sure where to put this one, but down here in Louisiana we would call, Delta Blues, and CCR, but it has a little Jerry Lee throw into the mix. This song is the type you will hear at the beginning of a great movie. This one could go to number one easily.

All I can say about this CD, is if you don't have it you just don't like MUSIC. Go to the web link, find 77 el Deora and buy the CD.


creative americana
Meeting at the crossroads of rock and country, 77 El Deora is alt/country/rock, where the influences are as much Ray Price as from The Band, Sirens covers a lot of ground. Lyrically intelligent w/sprinklings of rye humor, and vocals that are strong and clear, this band is a fun listen. The experiences of love and pain can be clearly heard in the passionate delivery and playing. Great musicianship and recording. It's a good find!!