Bad Livers

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Tags: bluegrass alt-country country austin folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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A startling bluegrass trio from Austin, Texas, USA, the Bad Livers’ career did much to deflate criticisms about that particular musical strand being obsolete. Mark Rubin (double bass/tuba), Danny Barnes (banjo/guitar) and Ralph White III (fiddle/accordion) boasted influences spanning Cajun, heavy metal, punk and gospel (their initial cassette release, Dust On The Bible, featured straight readings of gospel classics). Rubin and Barnes started out in the Dallas bluegrass band Killbilly. After recruiting White, they became first the Danny Barnes Trio, then Bad Livers. Early performances at the Saxon club in Austin found Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers in the audience. Liking what he heard, and connecting with the band’s frenetic cover version of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’, Leary insisted on producing the trio’s 1992 debut, and also secured them a recording contract with his label, Touch & Go Records (via the subsidiary outlet...

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