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King Straggler

by King Straggler

Eclectic, south-western, alt-americana
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Good Man
3:04 $0.99
2. Wasted Love
3:46 $0.99
3. Last Kiss
4:16 $0.99
4. Hot Lite
2:49 $0.99
5. Annalee
4:03 $0.99
6. Tennessee-In-Between
0:29 $0.99
7. A Thousand Miles
3:58 $0.99
8. Drunk Again Waltz
0:27 $0.99
9. The Stranger's Lament
2:04 $0.99
10. Hey, It's Me
0:21 $0.99
11. Wake Up
4:20 $0.99
12. Rebel
2:09 $0.99
13. Soul To Waste
2:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
King Straggler is Rodney Eastman, Brentley Gore, and John Hawkes. Eastman and Hawkes met playing brothers on an independent film. Eastman and Gore had begun to write songs together. In the spring of 2003, in Los Angeles, they formed King Straggler.

From the outset the group has derived their unique sound by taking equal share in singing and songwriting duties, becoming three frontman with contrasting styles that dovetail into rich musical textures and colorful vocal blends. Their songs range from the hopeful to the haunted, from tattered folk to noisy rock to tear-it-up country and beyond. Music for dirty saints and wide-eyed wanderers. After adding a rhythm section (Douglas Grean: bass and Danny Thompson: drums) they gained a loyal following playing at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Hotel Cafe, and Spaceland -- culminating in a standing-room-only residency at Highland Grounds in Los Angeles.

Championed by Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), they recorded a full-length CD at his headquarters, Lavish Studios, with Grean engineering and co-producing. Most recently, the group recorded songs with Ima Robot guitarist (and independent producer) Timmy Anderson.

King Straggler has had songs featured in several films. Among them is the closing credits theme for "The Moguls", starring Jeff Bridges, due for release later this year.

King Straggler's self-titled debut was released in February 2005. It continues to impress and has received steady play on L.A.'s Indie 103.1fm.



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One of the best albums of my year
A friend recommended that I buy this CD because he thought I'd really like it, and it was about time for some new music so I ordered it. Then I checked out the band's website and thought, "Oh, god. Actors. I have been tricked." When the CD arrived I took it out of the envelope and put it on the kitchen table without even opening the plastic, and that's where it stayed.

Fast forward three weeks to the release of the latest Sponge album ("The Man"). I had an unfortunate love for Sponge that I'd been harboring since like middle school, and I bought the CD and rushed home and listened to it right away, and it was so awful that I nearly cried. I can't even tell you how awful it was. (Sorry, Sponge.) And since my ears were already bleeding and it was obviously an awful-music day, I decided I might as well listen to that album by those actors that I'd bought that time. So the plastic came off and I popped in King Straggler with visions of Dogstar and 30-Odd Foot of Grunts dancing in my head. And lo and behold, King Straggler was wonderful, completely and totally, in some way you'd never expect.

To call these guys an actor-band is to do them an injustice, because what they've created here is an actual ALBUM, with a theme and a flow and even transitions, and an attention to detail worthy of Ween or the Eels. They manage to juggle vocalists while still sounding cohesive -- they even know how to harmonize -- and they refreshingly defy fitting into today's musical genres. They're just out doing something fun, and in the process they did something beautiful. While the songs are sometimes simplistic and rhyme-y (think Cake), they're all obviously well-written and manage to deliver humor without sounding contrived and social commentary without sounding pretentious. Of course there are stronger songs and weaker songs (and one completely baffling lyrical choice involving a wax museum that I will wonder about until the day I die), but it's overall one of the best albums of the year. And from what I've gotten to see of their new songs, the next album's going to be even better.

Simone Vardakis

A truly great CD
I got this CD in today's mail and I listened to it right away. It was excellent! King Straggler is made up of three men, Rodney Eastman, John Hawkes and Brentley Gore. Yes, they have been/are actors (Hawkes is currently on the hit HBO show 'Deadwood', Eastman has been doing films for the last twenty years and Gore was in a hit TV show in '92), but they aren't an "actor's band". Their music is fresh, original and it just plain rocks! I think my favorite track from this CD would have to be track #2 'Wasted Love'. It has a melody that really gets me. All of the songs are realy great, though, don't get me wrong. They have great lyrics, great music and are well put together. All three men sing on this CD, so all of the music is different, some very different. They even write their own stuff. I can't quite name what "genre" they are playing in, it is just great music. My only complaint is that this CD doesn't run longer than it does. King Straggler is truly a great band. Give them a listen.


Wearing it out!
CD is awesome - they are very talented & I can't wait till the sophmore album comes out because I keep listening to this one over and over. addicted.

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love King Straggler!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of King Straggler.

Stacy Horn

Just Because They're Cute Doesn't Mean They Aren't Also A Great Band
I have to out myself. I came to buy this CD because I had just seen the movie, "Me and You and Everyone We Know," and there was something so endearing about the actor John Hawkes I was compelled to listen to these songs. Endearing or not, I would never have bought the CD if I didn't like what I had heard. The music is great and my favorites are now also on my Ipod.


Buy it!!!
When I went on King Straggler's website and sampled a few of their songs, I was instantly impressed. I remember Brent Gore from California Dreams, and knew he was a good musician, and judging by those few songs, I thought that these guys blended in very well together, and were all great musicians. So I bought the CD, and I'll honestly say it's the best music I've heard that's come out in the past five years. Thousand Miles is my favorite song on the cd, and Annalee is a great one as well. It's worth your money, and you won't be let down.

Val Whalin

I love this band! They are fabulous, fun, fresh and just flipin' fantastic! Every song has a little something special tucked in to it for you to find. They are excellent musicians, songwriters and singers. While they have three front men, they are very much a GROUP, which is refreshing. After wearing the CD out, I have seen them live, and what you hear on the CD is what you get. They are not falsely over-produced - no electronic wizardry - just five guys making great music. Buy this, enjoy this and have fun!


Excellent! A Must Have
Good Man was the reason for the purchase (Thank Paste for the sampler CD) Stranger's Lament was a terrific surprise. I LOVE this CD! So will you.


This is one of the best cds I have bought in quite some time. There isn't a bad song on it, as you find on other cds by well known artists. I can't really think of anything negative to say about this cd, except for the fact it very rarely leaves my cd player. I would recommend this cd to anyone who loves music in general or are fans of the actors who make up king straggler.

The Inimitable Jennifer

King Straggler (not to be confused with King STRANGLER which is what I spent a whole day calling the band...honestly...) rocks my world quite thoroughly, thank you very much. These songs get stuck in my head, which is such a lovely thing when they are....well.....these songs!! Good mix of humour (aw, yeah, I spelled it the Old English way), fantastic melodies, and just plain fun! My only regret is that I did not have it in time for my fabulous, tropical storm-filled, beach vacation. This is a cd to be enjoyed beachside, fo sho....or, ya know, on a mountain or in the desert or on a rooftop or in a submarine. BUY IT FOREVER!!
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