Album Reviews
Band: Supersuckers

Title: Holdin' The Bag

Label: SPV / Steamhammer

One of rock n' roll's most tenacious artists is the one and only Eddie Spaghetti and his Supersuckers, who have rocked this world for the past 25 years and with 20 albums under their belts, plus a taste for touring like no other, decided after rocking out with ‘Get to Hell’, that it was time for a country break.

After enjoying a one off country show, the inspiration to carry on that vibe led to ‘Holdin’ the Bag’.  Country & Western Spaghetti Style, Spaghetti Western you might say.

To be honest I was brought up with the likes of Johnny Cash, Frankie Lane and Jim Reeves.  My Dad just loves a little bit of country and I’m just a little rock n' roll, so I still love a little guilty pleasure now and again and put on a little Man in Black from time to time.

This album is for those of you who have similar guilty pleasures, right from the opener and title track ‘Holdin’ The Bag’, it's good time Country Spaghetti style.

Great tracks of note have to be the rocking ‘Let's Bounce’, ‘Jibber Jabber’ and 'Shimmy and Shake'.  If you can imagine Punk Cowboys, then these three will make you want to put a safety pin in your Stetson and pogo in your best Cowboy boots.

For a little more traditional country, check out ‘I Can’t Cry’ featuring Lydia Loveless, or perhaps the updated cover of the Hank Williams Jr. standard 'All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)’, with lyrics that refer to such Supersuckers contemporaries as Steve Earle and Lemmy Kilminster of Motörhead.  Then there's also the excellent 'Man on a Mission’ and ‘This Life With You’, featuring Hayes Carll.

Also if you purchase the vinyl edition, you'll get the bonus Billy Joe Shaver classic 'Georgia On A Fast Train’ and the rooting tooting ‘Loaded’.

In true Country traditional this is a bitter sweet album, following the front man’s recent diagnosis of stage-3 throat cancer.  The indefatigable singer / bassist / songwriter’s illness — which coincides with release of the new album, has forced the band to cancel their planned European tour and put their touring activities on temporary hold, while Eddie undergoes surgery

Meanwhile, the Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fight Fund has already raised more than $57,000 to help pay for his treatment, thanks to the kindness and generosity of the group’s fans.  So grab yourself a piece of Country you’ll soon be line dancing with the best of them after one play of this one.  Yee Haw!

Review by: Barry McMinn

 

Tracklisting:

1. Holdin' The Bag  
2. This Life ... With You 
3. High And Outside 
4. Man On A Mission 
5. I Can't Cry 
6. Let's Bounce 
7. I Do What I Can
8. Jibber-Jabber 
9. That's How It Gets Done 
10. Shimmy And Shake 
11. All My Rowdy Friends
12. Georgia On A Fast Train (EU Bonus Track)

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