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Ventura

by Whiskey Chimp

Genre-Bending Insurgent String Band w/ Vocals
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. There I Go Again
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2. Dirty Water
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3. Seven Deadly Sins
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4. If Id’a Shot You Sooner
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5. Fly Towards the Light
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6. Tears of Blood
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7. Ventura
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8. Run Grunion Run
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9. The Reaper’s Holiday
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10. I Apologize for Being a Man
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11. El Rey
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12. Hueneme Road
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13. Hold Me My Darlin’
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Within the scope of an evening concert, Whiskey Chimp is bound to take its audience on a genre-bending roller coaster of musical emotions.


Insurgent String Band Whiskey Chimp Releases 2nd Album Titled “Ventura”.

Ventura, California, August, 18 2006

Insurgent: a rebel who revolts against civil authority or an established government.

While making a clear nod to the bluegrass roots of their music, Whiskey Chimp is by no means letting it box them into a statically traditional and predictable format. They embrace string band music, yet treat it with a whimsical irreverence that could make the old guard shake their banjos in protest. Featuring tight four-part harmonies and blazing instrumental prowess, The Chimp, as they are affectionately known by their fans, takes its audience on a genre bending roller coaster of musical emotions. A long time fan had this to say about the new release: “This CD is sprinkled with many influences, performed true to each song’s genre, yet with a distinctive sound. Catchy original tunes sung with soulfully wound harmonies. Definitely a must have.” A fan who recently discovered the band on iTunes writes: “These guys got me started on a whole new world of music and now I can’t stop listening.” Aside from the traditional mariachi ballad “El Rey”, the rest of the tunes on the album are Chimp originals, the title song “Ventura” having been written by a homesick Brent Harding while on the road with Social Distortion. Also included is a revival-tent spiritual about moths flying towards the flame, the grimly amusing “If I’d a Shot You Sooner (I’d Be Out of Jail by Now)”, the gypsy-campfire sound of “Dirty Water” and eight more songs written and sung by each of the band members in turn. In order to capture the essence of their raucous concerts, the album “Ventura” was recorded live in the studio. Their live show is so outstanding that the Chimp was invited to play at the hallowed grounds of the famous McCabes Guitar shop in Santa Monica not once, but twice, to a rowdy and appreciative full house both times.

With a “makes strange bedfellows” blend of musical history behind them (punk, heavy metal, country, mariachi, rockabilly, cajun and even a jugband) this group of friends has found a common ground in string band music. Whiskey Chimp features Chris Cairn’s (Chris Cairns Band, Porch Dogs) traditional bluegrass banjo, Toby Emery’s (Jackass, Raging Arb) punk vocals and mandolin, Bill Flores’ (The Tatters, Porch Dogs) seemingly bottomless talent on accordian/clarinet/dobro/fiddle, Stanley Gonzales (Sykotik Sinfoney) vocals and rock-n-roll ukulele, Brent Harding’s (Deke Dickerson, Social Distortion) vocals and slapping upright bass, Mark Parson’s (Flambeau, Fernest Arceneaux) cajun-styled vocals and fiddle, Cory Scrivner’s (The Barrel Dodgers) roots and folk based vocals/guitar.

Whiskey Chimp press release 10/06

The fans say it best:

"Whiskey Chimp, which defies a simple description, but which needs to be heard by everyone reading this review at some point in the future."
- Rick Cornish, Former California Bluegrass Association CEO

“Starting from very traditional bluegrass, they may venture deep into punk rock roots or tangent off into a rousing mariachi ballad. Whiskey Chimp’s repertoire of refreshing original material and choice cover songs delightfully violate all rules of engagement. Their simian stage antics and electrifying performance keep audiences entertained throughout the night. From their first song to their encore, it is very apparent that these boys are having a blast.”

“A rare blend of heart, soul, wit and talent…”

“Whiskey Chimp’s music is based in rich harmonies, insightful and oft cleverly comical lyrics and crisp instrumentations performed with both masterful skill and schoolboy glee.”

“…punk rock, rockabilly, country, bluegrass, norteno, Cajun and Aerosmith covers. With this eclectic blend of talent and personality, Whiskey Chimp is storming the roots music scene!"

“Whiskey Chimp plays music the way life should be led; with passionate zeal.”

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james young


This cd will be in heavy rotation here at my house. mighty fine boys, mighty fine.
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Dave Chappell

Clever and well performed.
Their humor is subtly balanced in a well executed musical performance. These guys are simply awesome in my book.
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Cliffy Stone Capitol Records

I think these guys need to be hospitalized and heaviily sedated
I've worked with the best all these years. Chimp's a refreshing new blend of fun hogs and non-fascist musical boys from Brazil. No one evolves and progress ceases unless one deviates from the norm.
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Jeff Weiss

The Chimp honor the tradition, but bring a joyful modernity to a sometimes stuff
The Chimp, as they are known to their fans, "sound" like a traditional string band. Below the surface of four-part harmonies and smoking instrumental prowess, The Chimp have a glint in their eyes as they bring an irreverence to the song subject matter, dragging the traditional format into the 21st century. The band, comprised of traditionalists and reformed punk rockers, is described as, ". . . Rich in harmonies, insightful and oft cleverly comical lyrics and crisp instrumentation performed with both masterful skill and schoolboy glee." The Chimp honor the tradition, but bring a joyful modernity to a sometimes stuffy genre. -- Jeff Weiss, Miles of Music (FP Records)
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Tony

Glad I chose this cd.
Very good album. One that any collector would love to have in their collection. Well worth the price.
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Robert Tisi

Unique, nasty, and smart as hell!
"Look out for these guys. This is hard core string/bluegrass/rock that is unique, nasty, and smart as hell. Think of Lonesome Bob singing from the hills."
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