Grant Langston | Road Side Service

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Road Side Service

by Grant Langston

Alt Country and Roots Rock - The bastard love child of Lyle Lovett and Barenaked Ladies, Langston uses steel guitars, mandolins, and hillbilly shuffles to dress his tales of an Alabama boy in the Big City. Featured on The WB TV & various Indi films.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Junkie
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2. Over The Hill
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3. Him or Me
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4. My Wandering Ways
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5. James Brown
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6. This Town Stinks
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7. The Story of Me
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8. Crazy Fireworks
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9. Fat Bottomed Girls
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10. Carolyn Garner
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11. Long Legs, Great Lips, and Baby Blue Eyes
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12. Secret Rendezvous
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The mood of Grant Langston's newest work, "Road Side Service", is firmly rooted in the two places that have had the most impact on him - Hartselle, Alabama and Los Angeles, California.

Since launching a solo career with his initial EP release, "All This and Pecan Pie" (1999) and thru his full length follow-up "Chinese Fire Drill" (2001), he's struggled to pay homage to two separate traditions - The Alternative Country Storyteller and Roots Rock Smart-Ass, within the same heartfelt songs.

"I just know I like Lyle Lovett records, and Son Volt records, and Wilco records. I have no idea what kind of music it really is. I don't even know what it's filed under in a record store."

On "Road Side Service" Grant lets the songwriting set the agenda and the instrumentation, a mix of mandolin, lap steel, accordion, and organ, dress the windows. It's an inspired schizophrenia that feels perfectly natural as he finds the connective tissue between Lyle Lovett, Cake, Johnny Cash and Barenaked Ladies.

"Road Side Service", captures Langston's unique songwriting take like never before, with an all-new 12 song record that not only features his backing band, The Supermodels but some of the best producers and guest players as well: Brian Young of Fountains of Wayne, Jacqueline Grad of folk sensation Kaz Murphy's band, among others. Producer Dusty Wakeman (Minibar, Lucinda Williams) lent his touch to two tracks and Paul Du Gre (Tracy Chapman, Toad The Wet Sprocket) performed mix duties. It's a broad work, alternating between hillbilly shuffles and mid-tempo story songs, with one goal in mind - make something that sounds good live.

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Kelly

WOW! I love it!
I love, love, love this CD! "James Brown" and "Carolyn Garner" are two of the most beautiful songs I've heard! The cover of "Fat Bottom Girls" is simply addictive. Make more music like this!
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Neil

What Kathleen said above. She's awful smart. Buy this CD.
When I first heard Grant's songs, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I'm not a big country music listener, but I do like a few key artists; Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash are among them. But Grant Langston has a way with the country sound that makes it sublime. It's enough rock to please those that may not be hardcore country listeners, yet it is distinctly country enough to appeal to anyone that digs country music. He has managed to possess the best of both worlds. And you won't be able to stop singing these songs. You'll sing them loud in your car and you won't care who hears you. Do yourself a favor, and get some Roadside Service. You'll be glad you did.
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Eggie

Warning: Possible Rock-N-Country addiction could result from listening.
Road Side Service stands in the gap between genre and generations. Toe tapping, shoulder shaking, dance like nobody's watching music that will bring the rock-n-roll stored within your soul to the surface. Feeling good music is what it's about.
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Antje, Germany

The best country rock CD I ever heard!!!
This is - plain and simple - the BEST contry rock album I have ever heard!!! The vocals compared to that voice (CAREFUL!!! Once Grant´s voice is in your head, it keeps singing and singing and singing and it will NEVER EVER STOP!!! Which is a GOOD thing, btw) are just unbelievable!!! If you expect nice and flat country rock music, don´t buy it. If you expect bad - but OH SO TRUE - vocals and butt-shaking country music, this is the CD you should definitely buy!!!

Thanks for this great album!!! Antje from Germany
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Kathleen Davison, Saint Productions

Relief for smart quirky music lovers who don't take life too seriously.
If insipid pop lyrics make you retch and you're coming to terms with the possibility that you're a closet country fan, a little Langston Service might just be the thang for you. Full of wit and cynicsim with heart, you'd be hard-pressed to find more original lyrics that fan the gamut of emotions Langston artfully evokes. His catchy tunes traverse the frightfully recognizable depiction of smalltown America in "This Town Stinks" to a tender homage praising the potential of wallflowers in "Carolyn Garner" to the absolutely bizarre toe-tapping "Story of Me" -- with perhaps my favorite lyric -- "I'm all white, but late at night, I get the jones for moo goo guy pan." Is it rock? Rap? Pop? Country? Hell if I know, but it's good. And you won't have to wear out your repeat button on one song -- the whole album is engaging, managing to send you away whistling refrains to the annoyance of your coworkers all day long. Let's trade in Justin Timberlake and put Grant Langston in the spotlight where he belongs.
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