Thursday, 22 February 2018

Cowboy Nation

From 1977 to 1980, brothers Chip Kinman and Tony Kinman were the backbone of radical Californian punk band The Dils. Following a relocation to Austin Texas in 1981, the pair joined forces with guitarist Alejandro Escovedo to form Rank and File, whose music contributed to the short-lived Cowpunk movement. Rank and File dissolved after three albums and the Kinmans performed a sharp left turn next, in putting together Blackbird, an electronic post-punk outfit, who put out a number of records between 1988 and 1994. In 1997 the brothers reappeared as two thirds of the minimal three-piece Cowboy Nation, whose self titled debut is a model of country restraint.

Cowboy Nation - Cowboy Nation 

Cowboy Nation - Cowboy Way


Gram Lynch said...

It's bugging me that the lead vocal sounds helluva familiar.

Brian said...

You mention three bands in your piece, and Rank and File is the one I know well. Was introduced to them at a young age via an excellent Slash Records compilation called Slash: The Early Sessions. Been a fan ever since. Thankfully, I still have that comp and will feature it in my vinyl-ripping series if I ever get to that section of the shelf. These songs you feature today are right in my wheelhouse.

Post-Punk Monk said...

My fave rave cowpunk band were the Liquor-Fueled, Top Rail Dragster Of Rock®... Dash Rip Rock from New Orleans. Many's the night I would see them ripping up the stage and passing bottles of Jack Daniels among the audience. Not a drinking man, but damn, those were fun times. Especially if you awoke without a hangover, like me. Bill Davis wrote some tender songs but you would not know it from their "goes up to eleven" live performances.

Chris said...

Daring of those guys to take on so many genres. I can kind of understand the desire to change, playing the same sort of music for years can become uninspiring. When do you think they were at their best Swede? punk, cowpunk, post-punk, or country? Maybe the answer is in the songs you shared

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