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Mean Old Way

by Shotgun Party

High-Energy original music drawing influences from POP! early blues, country, bluegrass and depression era swing. Recommended if you like the Devil Makes Three, the Wiyos or the Blue Hit. "Best songs I've heard since Christ was a cowboy!" - Kinky Friedman
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Operatar
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2. Paints a Yates
2:29 $0.99
3. Run N Hide
2:49 $0.99
4. Mean Old Way
3:05 $0.99
5. Y Yo
3:04 $0.99
6. Draggin' the Bow
1:06 $0.99
7. More Romantic Than Texas
2:24 $0.99
8. Crynetticut
3:20 $0.99
9. The Builder
2:32 $0.99
10. Meet You on the Trail
2:38 $0.99
11. Dawn Came By
2:22 $0.99
12. Tayna
1:51 $0.99
13. Lullaby
3:00 $0.99
14. Kitchen Mechanic
3:03 $0.99
15. Canned Peaches
2:00 $0.99
16. Star Song
2:05 $0.99
17. Moonlight
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Album Notes
Hailing from Austin Texas, acoustic trio Shotgun Party's second album "Mean Old Way" takes a punky approach to Western Swing. A follow up to their self-titled 2007 release, "Mean Old Way" features hot fiddle, original songs, cool harmony and a take-no-prisoners approach to rhythm. The critically praised trio – consisting of guitarist, singer and songwriter Jenny Parrott, upright bassist Andrew Austin-Petersen, and fiddler Katy Rose Cox –presents an unmistakable approach to acoustic music. “Mean Old Way” is loaded with elements of soul, country, folk, bluegrass and swing to create a sound that is unique, exciting and genuine.

Stylistically Shotgun Party falls somewhere between the Bad Livers and the Wiyos, with their cross genre songwriting, musicality and DIY attitude. “Unheralded opening trio Shotgun Party blew the house away with a set of Texas swing that had one foot among the tumbleweeds and the other in outer space.” says Paul Rapp of Metroland Online. Shotgun Party has opened for Delbert McClinton, the Dixie Bee Liners, Wayne Hancock, and the Morning 40 Federation, and has established itself through their regular performances at Austin's famed Continental Club. Shotgun Party can be found touring the East Coast and South in support of “Mean Old Way” this fall.

“Mean Old Way” features upright bassist and vocalist Chris Crepps, who, due to a growing young family, has since left the lineup of Shotgun Party. Crepps' inventive bass lines and unique approach to arrangement and harmony helped establish the Shotgun Party sound. Katy Rose Cox's melodic fiddle lines sing like vocals and her work on traditional instrumental pieces (Draggin' the Bow and Tayna) reveals a touch that is both wild and heartfelt. Slide guitar performances by Austin's Steve James, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, and minor deity in the blues world, and clarinet on selected tracks by Stan Smith round out the sound and lend a distinct Austin flavor. Shotgun Party's original music is penned by lead singer Jenny Parrott, whose songs tell stories of Saturday nights in jail (Paints a Yates), summer motherhood (Lullaby), bad habits (Mean Old Way) and goodbyes (Operatar). Kinky Friedman has called the album “the best songs I've heard since Christ was a cowboy.” Co-produced by Shotgun Party and Mark Hallman (Hot Club of Cowtown, David Byrne, Shawn Colvin) “Mean Old Way” promises to live hard in the memory of listeners.



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Isaac Paris

Sweet acoustic pop, western swing and charming lyrics
This Austin three piece tours all over the states and keeps churning out hits. I wish they would come to Alaska and share their special recipe for musical thrills with us.
The catchiest track is “Paints A Yates,” “buy a smoke and bottle, get my man and go” is a great hook, and Jenny Parrot’s cheerful, friendly voice is warm and appealing. She makes you want to jump in a car with her and speed off, commitments be damned! Or should it be a horse drawn carriage?
Shotgun Party’s short pleasant pop sensibility nods to great songwriters like Patsy Cline and Sam Cooke. Stanly Smith’s clarinet on “Run n Hide” adds an impeccable class and Jenny’s delivery is confident, she is unafraid to break a note over her knee. “Y Yo” has a different feel than the others, a wistful, mournful delivery and staccato bursts of energy. Confident stand-up bass from Chris Crepps keeps energy high and the songs moving forward. “The Builder” is another stand out track, full of hooks and pleasant choir “aaahs.” “Canned Peaches” is smokin’ hot, with a few lyrics that make you ask, “did she really say that?” “now I’m making syrup on their thighs.” I’m not sure what that means, but it makes me feel a little dirty.
“Star Song” is also filled with joyful hooks, the energy of a Texas honky tonk meets the optimism of a children’s song. “I was a star, and I will be a star again.” You’ll be singing it to yourself, mark my words.
Katy Rose Cox’s violin is absolutely screaming! “Moonlight” is a familiar cover, but with the frenetic fiddle it sounds like a new song. There is a fun and unpredictable fiddle solo on every one of these songs. She plays faster than a hummingbird flaps its wings on “Draggin the Bow.” “Tanya” has some tango-like passion, and we are fortunate they decided there was room for these violin-focus tracks on the album.
The combination of Jenny’s personality, her pop sensibility and the dynamics of Katy Rose’s fiddle make this a top notch record: an improvement over their last, and a must for fans of original country and western swing. The 17 songs never seem like too many, you just want the album to go on and on.