Austin Lounge Lizards: Hank Card (vocals, guitar); Conrad Deisler (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Michael Stevens (vocals, bass); Tom Pittman (banjo, pedal steel, background vocals); Tim Wilson (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Kelly Willis, Susie Stern (vocals); Lloyd Maines (guitar, pedal steel guitar); Glover Gill (accordion); Mark Rubin (tuba); Paul Pearcy (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Cedar Creek Studio, Austin, Texas.
Personnel: Boo Resnick (vocals, acoustic guitar, oboe, electric bass, tambourine); Tom Pittman (vocals, dobro, banjo); Eamon McLoughlin (vocals, mandolin, violin, viola); Conrad Deisler (vocals, mandolin, glockenspiel); Hank Card, Kelly Willis (vocals); Lloyd Maines (electric guitar, hand claps); Glover Gill (accordion); Mark Rubin (tuba); Paul Pearcy (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, TX.
Photographer: George Brainard.
The Austin Lounge Lizards have their shtick, and what they do, they do very well. Literate, funny country songs that tread a line between country and bluegrass, well played, and tightly written. There's plenty of social commentary, such as "You Can Eat Dog Food," about the plight of the elderly, and "Jesse + Phil," where Jesse Helms and Phil Gramm come out as a gay couple. But there are also some just-plain-funny songs, like the couple-drinking-and-fighting parody of "We Always Fight When We Drink Gin," where guest singer Kelly Willis does a near-perfect Loretta Lynn. Some are plain daft, such as "The Lonely Yodeler," while the a cappella "Why Couldn't We Blow Up Saddam?" is a unalloyed joy. "When I'm Cleanin' Windows," an old George Formby music hall song, gets revived as down-home bluegrass -- but with an English accent. Whatever way you look at it (even if you include the ridiculous "Banana Slugs!"), the Austin Lounge Lizards bring a smile. ~ Chris Nickson