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Bucket Of Clams

by Smokelahoma

Upbeat, fun, playful and jangly country americana
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. Let It Roll
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2. Cosmic Crucified (Bucket Of Clams)
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3. High Side
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4. Bread Of Life Mission
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5. Coming Into Los Angeles
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6. Smoke A Dooby
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7. Blind Fiddler
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8. 18 Wheels
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9. Jesus On A Candle
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10. Tinka
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11. Kickin' Walls (Song 342)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded in the sweltering 120 degree heat of Boulder City Nevada, "Bucket of Clams" is a fine new release by a band that has been an underground secret in the Northwest for the past eight years.
Upright bass, Hammond organ, Telecaster guitars and old floor board vocals creates an honest vibe that any fan of Americana music would dig.
High powered cannabis with ice cold beer nestled in a chilly cascade mountain stream.
People that like this flavor...like it alot!

Good ol’ Smokelahoma!

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Tony Hoyt

Ultimate roadtrip tunes
I've been a fan for a number of years and was happy to hear they were back in the studio working on new material. The result is a treat to the ears that pulls you up outta your seat and across the room to get closer to the action. This is must have for fans of quality music. BRING IT ON HOME BOYS!

Tony
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Lee

Puts a smile on your face and gets you feet stompin'.
If you are down, this will prop you up. If you're up, it will keep you there. If it doesn't make you smile and get you pumped, you are on a different planet!
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Jamison

Happy I took a chance
This cd is great, came on to buy a friend's cd in another band and took a chance on this one. I was very happy I now have this wonderful music as part of my collection. Can't wait for more of their stuff to be released.
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Paul White

Very cool indeed!
So glad I was turned onto Smokelahoma from a friend on Philadelphia PA's WXPN radio's bulletin board. What a fine group of musicians! Such a shame they are (as another reviewer put it) "under the radar" because people just don't know what thier missing out on. Hopefully Smokelahoma will get the recognition they deserve in the coming months and years.

I've enjoyed every song on Bucket Of Clams (in itself rare these days for me)and am impressed with the way the guitars "envelope" you in the music rather than attack you like so much of the crap out there does these days. The vocals are clean and crisp (hats off to the prodution team as well guys!) with lush harmonies that just plain sound great. I thought I heard a Hammond in there! I LOVE bands that haven't forgotten the importance of a well-placed organ sound melded into the mix. Awesome! Especially liked your take on Guthrie's "Coming Into Los Angeles". A real fine effort guys. As I said, I'm new to Smokelahoma, but for damn sure, I'll be back for more of thier earlier stuff.

I must also give Kudos to CD Baby, as they were a definate influence in my purchasing this CD. Why? Up until now, the only way I knew of getting music samples (other than the artist's direct website) was through sampling on Amazon.com where you get a "whopping" 30 seconds for each song. Whoop-de-doo. With CD Baby's 2 full minute sampling, your'e able to get a real good taste of what the music's about. Definately helped sell this happy camper. Keep up the great work everybody! Peace.
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Mark Burnell

An amazing album
Smokelahoma are about as ‘under the radar’ as you can get – this is actually their sixth album, but they are probably unknown beyond a small circle of friends. With a little word of mouth, some upcoming live shows in the spring, and more than a little luck, that may just change. Previous albums did a decent enough job in highlighting the songwriting talents and Dylanesque vocal stylings of main man Mike Morton, but Bucket of Clams is a huge leap forward. An awful lot of time and care went into making this album, and it shows. There is a more countrified approach than in previous albums, and not in a Brooks and Dunne type of way ; rather this recalls the sound coming out of Laurel Canyon somewhere around 1974, when west coast rock snaked it’s way into Nashville territory and eventually spawned a whole new subgenre. There’s some similarity with Nashville Skyline era Dylan, too, and that’s only fitting because Morton really sounds like Dylan after a quick encounter with sandpaper – unmistakably similar, but sweeter and less grating. Thankfully for those who might wonder if Morton might border on the derivative, the songwriting bears no resemblance to the erstwhile Mr. Zimmerman – Morton is much more direct and sometimes almost confessional in his lyrics, and produces choruses so damned catchy I’ve found myself singing them around the office.

The music is equally engaging – Morton plays some effective acoustic for a nice rhythm base, while Rusty Urie on electric lead provides some scintillating solos, and Dan Klepinger – who some of you may know from his stints as part of Dark Star Orchestra over the last couple of years – displays some major props on piano and Hammond.
The songs are evenly divided between upbeat rockers and slightly slower, more countrified tunes, and both approaches yield their own distinctive pleasures. Opener Let It Roll is a sprightly shuffle with some really nice pedal steel courtesy of Terry Greene , and it’s followed by the Cosmic Crucified, a slight yet sweet story of wasting away an afternoon doing not much of anything that, for some strange reason, I could see being covered successfully by Jimmy Buffet –maybe it’s the insanely catchy chorus.
High Side opens with the buzz of an amp turned up to the max, promising an outbreak of some serious rocking , and the crunchy chords that follow don’t disappoint. A driving tune with some very effective multitracking on Morton’s voice and some terrific to-the-point solos from Urie that don’t waste a note, it builds to a rousing finish with Klepinger wailing away on the Hammond and Morton delivering some impassioned vocals. My favorite track on the album, this could turn out be a serious barnstormer in a live setting.

Bread of Life Mission, a wistful tale of hard times , displays some great harmonies and some effective piano fills, and a raucous cover of Arlo Guthrie’s drug smuggling ditty Coming Into Los Angeles makes me wonder why someone hadn’t covered this song much sooner. Smoke a Dooby is the most traditionally country sounding song here, and Blind Fiddler displays an almost reggae beat, which mixes things up nicely but is probably the slightest song on the album, while 18 Wheels is almost Poco-like in its use of pedal steel welded to a truck driving themed straight rocker , and Jesus on a Candle displays Morton’s most obtuse songwriting – I’ve listened to it a dozen times and still don’t know what it’s about, despite some evocative imagery in the words – combined with the most delicate and pretty arrangement on the album. Drummer Steve Housewright provides a funky, grinding backbeat for Tinka , which really lets loose at the end and lets Urie rock out like Eddie Van Halen for a short while. And finally Kickin’ Walls end things on a sweet, relaxed tune – just Morton and Urie on acoustic guitars with some bongos in the background .

I don’t doubt that you’ve never heard of Smokelahoma, but I fervently hope that one day soon you will, because music this damned good deserves a much wider audience. This year has already seen some great albums hit my mailbox , and this may well be the finest – straight ahead song-based country rock of a type I really didn’t get made any more.
Take a chance on an unknown band and grab this – you will not be disappointed.
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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Americana for the cool kids
Stewing together the ingredients of Americana Country rock, roots rock, 1960s folk styles and great bluesy elements that can be both whimsical or intensely driven, Smokelahoma slaps together one sizzling beef cut of Alt Country, dipping his vocals in a spicy sauce of Jason White, James Low, Steve Earle and heck, even a bit of the jam band scene (with those electric guitar riffs and that pummeling organ).

What really seems to stick out is the drive and energy, even amongst the lightness and carefree buzz of this playful group, who you would imagine, are enjoying some nice cold beers between songs; more evidence that Bucket of Clams is well-suited for summer beer festivals and music jams. The Dylan like vocals in places, with Grateful Dead lightness in pockets of songs, and that organ- the organ where every independent strand of the music centers itself and moves from the beat; these are all the magic elements that make this some top notch, laid-back, “alt” country and Americana for the cool kids.
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barbra

i don't know sorry
listen to this new album is like sitting on a chair in a pub with a lot of friend and a good feeling that keeps together after a heavy day of work!!!!
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Storm Shepherd

These guys are really really good. Stumbled on them at your site!
Great for rolling the windows down on the truck and hittin' the road on a summer day.
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bdon91

just good music
you can't go wrong with these guys. just good music to put you in a good mood.
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Brian Ferdman

Excellent and thoroughly addictive
In a world of over-produced music that is doused with effects, Smokelahoma's Bucket of Clams is a revelation. It's nothing more than a heartfelt album filled with top-notch songs that lift up your spirit, and this fantastic release serves as a fine reminder that there is true beauty to be found in simplicity
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