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Twang! Honky Tonk Songs & Trailer Park Operettas: 2000 - 2014

by Maurice Tani

A collection of Californographic country music from rye-to-romantic singer-songwriter Maurice Tani and his bands 77 El Deora and Calamity & Main -including a previously unreleased track, "What Am I Doin' Here?".
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. When I'm Drinkin' I Ain't Thinkin'
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2. Ain't I a Handsome Fool
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3. Evidently
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4. Flat Black
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5. My Old Address Book
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6. Fallin'
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7. High On Life
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8. Bring It On
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9. I Just Dodged a Bullet
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10. Calamity & Main
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11. Green or Brown
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12. Happy Hour
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13. What Am I Doin' Here?
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14. Workin'
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Album Notes
TWANG! Honky Tonk songs & Trailer Park Operettas: 2000-2014

1 When I'm Drinkin' I Ain't Thinkin' 04:03
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani: Blue Line (2013)

2 Ain't I A Handsome Fool? 03:50
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: Sirens (2005)

3 Evidently 03:36
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: Hammer & Tongs (2008)

4 Flat Black 03:10
(Tani) Previously released on Calamity & Main: Honky Tonk Heaven (2003)

5 My Old Address Book 02:55
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: Sirens (2005)

6 Fallin' 04:42
(Tani) Previously released on Calamity & Main: Honky Tonk Heaven (2003)

7 High On Life 03:47
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: Hammer & Tongs (2008)

8 Bring It On 03:16
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: Hammer & Tongs (2008)

9 I Just Dodged A Bullet 03:56
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: The Crown & The Crow’s Confession (2010)

10 Calamity & Main 04:32
(Tani-Wolf) Previously released on Calamity & Main: Honky Tonk Heaven (2003)

11 Green Or Brown 04:24
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: The Crown & The Crow’s Confession (2010)

12 Happy Hour 03:18
(Tani-Owens) Previously released on Maurice Tani: Blue Line (2013)

13 What Am I Doin' Here 02:41
(Tani) Previously unreleased (2000)

14 Workin' 04:09
(Tani) Previously released on Maurice Tani/77 El Deora: Sirens (2005)

All Songs: Maurice Tani, Tanitone Tunage, ASCAP,
except Track 10: Maurice Tani & Misisipi Mike Wolf, Tanitone Tunage ASCAP & Creek Done Risin’ music
and Track 12: Maurice Tani & Ken Owens, Tanitone Tunage ASCAP & Van Niddy Press, BMI

Personnel:
Vocals: Maurice Tani, Jenn Courtney (2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14), Misisipi Mike Wolf (10)
Bkg Vox: Kathy Kennedy (2, 8, 11, 14), Katie Guthorn (2, 8, 14)
Guitar: Maurice Tani, Misisipi Mike Wolf (6, 10)
Violin: Stephen Kallai
Bass: Mike Anderson (1, 9, 11, 12), Keith Bahjat (2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14), Wil Hendricks (4, 10)
Pedal steel: David Phillips (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12), Scott Hay (6), J.B. Allison (7)
Piano, Organ: Jim Pugh (6, 10, 14)
Drums: Christopher Fisher (2, 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8, 10, 14), Trey Sabatelli (1, 9, 11, 12)

Maurice Tani is a veteran singer-songwriter and band leader of the Alt-Country - Americana scene. He has released six critically-acclaimed albums of original material over the past dozen years. This latest release, TWANG! Honky Tonk Songs & Trailer Park Operettas: 2000-2014 is a collection of previously issued material from those earlier albums with the focus on the hard core, bar room-style country music. Also included is one previously unreleased song, "What Am I Doin' Here?".

“I was actually blown away.  Maurice Tani writes songs that sound at once familiar, ethereal and beautiful.”
-Robert Sproul, No Depression Magazine

Born and raised in San Francisco, Maurice Tani was too young for the Summer of Love, but was still profoundly influenced by the California culture that gave the world surf guitar, country rock and psychedelic to the singer songwriter types. 
Barely into his twenties and hungry for experience, he moved to central Texas to work the hardcore country, blues and rock circuit between Austin and Dallas, playing five sets a night, seven nights a week for months at a time, eventually making connections that led to his moving to New York City just as the punk rock scene of CBGBs and Max's Kansas City was exploding in Lower Manhattan. By 1977 he was back in San Francisco as punk, power pop and new wave was taking hold in the Bay Area and began a stretch of five years and four critically acclaimed albums with ex-Flamin' Groovies front man Roy Loney's band, The Phantom Movers. 

Tani has spent the past 15 years as an active part of the California alt-country/Americana scene. Fronting his own bands, Calamity & Main, 77 El Deora, he has produced a series of albums for himself and others. Tani has constructed a repertoire of rye humor and darker romantic rumination often described as Oblique Americana and Twang-Noir, Tani calls it “Supercalifornographic”.

Tani & 77 El Deora represent the best in Americana: smart without making a fuss about it. The lyrics are worldly but universal. The musical ideas hit home. The playing is as good as you’re going to hear this side of Austin. Above all, the band covers a lot of ground, from wistful ballads to hard driving honky-tonk rock, from personal meditations to satirical cultural observations, from electrified twang to down-home acoustic. Once in a while, they even find new shades of meaning in some cover you thought had been long since played out. This band is different. This band is special.
“All in all, possibly the best indie ‘Americana’ band to come from the Bay Area . . . ever . . . period.” - Paul Olguin

WHAT IS SUPERCALIFORNOGRAPHIC?
Short for “Supercalifornographicexpealidocious”. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. “Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”

MEDIA QUOTES:
“This music is neither retro nor country; it's twang noir. A fully realized universe, on a dark night, with an AM radio station sending out a strong signal from somewhere down Highway 99. Are you listening?”
- Scott Bloom, Bay Area Twang

“This is thoughtful, heart-wrenching stuff about human asteroids that wonder where and how they lost their way and if there is a GPS that works. …darkly funny comments on power, desire, adrenalin, ambivalence, and narco squad surveillance.” -Jeep Rosenberg, Freight Train Boogie

For more information, lyrics etc, go to www.77eldeora.com

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