Slobberbone at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR in 2012
|Origin||Denton, Texas U.S.|
New West Records
Last Chance Records
Transient Camp Recordings
|Associated acts||The Drams
South San Gabriel
Two Cow Garage
|Past members||Mike Hill
Slobberbone is an American alt-country band from Denton, Texas, led by singer-songwriter Brent Best, Jess Barr, Tony Harper, and Brian Lane. Brent Best continues to tour as a solo act, performing both Slobberbone, The Drams, and songs from his solo record, but also reunites with both bands for intermittent shows with full band lineups.
Slobberbone formed in early 1992 in Denton, Texas, where the band played for beer and had their first gig at the Park 'n' Go, a beer store in Denton. The best-known line-up consisted of singer-songwriter Brent Best on guitar and lead vocals, Jess Barr on lead guitar, Brian Lane on bass, and drummer Tony Harper. The band members met after attending University of North Texas, where they lived in a house together and played local shows in Denton. Bassist Brian Lane joined the band in 1996 and guitarist Jess Barr in 1997. They eventually signed with the Austin-based record label, Doolittle Records (which eventually merged with New West Records). Their name is a reference to a dog's chew bone.
From 1995 onwards, Slobberbone as a band solidified its lineup and began playing shows outside of Texas, becoming known for its extensive touring schedule across the United States.
Jeff Cole from Doolittle Records produced the first two Slobberbone records. Jim Dickinson, who among other work is known for The Replacements, produced Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today, working with the band to record at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2009, the band (with the 2005 lineup) reunited for a series of shows. At the end of 2009, the reformed band, with Lane returned to Texas from Florida, announced that they plan on recording a new album in 2010 before going out on another tour. In May 2011, the band's drummer posted a blog entry stating that the planned mini-tour and merchandise sales would help provide the necessary funding for the band's long-anticipated album.
In 2005, most of the band's members reformed as The Drams when Best was scheduled to play a full band show as a solo act. Two members from Denton, Texas' Budapest One, Keith Killoren and Chad Schlockslager, are members of The Drams. The Drams play rock with the inclusion of background vocals and keyboards. Their record, Jubilee Dive, was produced by Centro-Matic's Matt Pence and came out on mini-major New West Records.
Best was born on September 1, 1970, in Austin, Texas, although his family moved to a nearby small town in Texas not shortly after. When he was young he played in a band with his friend, singer-songwriter Kevin Kerby, from his teenage years onwards. They had a two-man band which they described as "Black Grass" that was called Sad Monkey Railroad. Best was able to co-write with Kerby, and produced the first self-released Slobberbone record with him.
In 2015, Brent Best released a solo record called Your Dog, Champ on Last Chance Records. The record which began its start in April 2010, took 5 years to make and was crowd-funded. The record was well received. Grady Don Sandlin played drums and Ralph White (Bad Livers), Petra Kelly, Scott Danbom (Centro-Matic, Sarah Jaffe), Claude Bernard (The Gourds) also contributed to the record.
Stephen King mentioned the band's song "Gimme Back My Dog" in his novel Black House.:420,429 He also listed the song as one of the top three greatest rock and roll songs ever in his column in Entertainment Weekly. Although never publicly confirmed, the album 'Slippage' could very well be Slobberbone's nod to King. The word 'slippage' is an important term in Black House.:40–42,46,48–49,60,80,91,484,715 King Also mentions Slobberbone as a favorite of protagonist Richard Sifkitz in the novella Stationary Bike.
- 1994: Crow Pot Pie (self-released)
- 1996: Crow Pot Pie (Doolittle); contains different songs than original
- 1997: Limited Edition EP (Doolittle)
- 1997: Barrel Chested (Doolittle / New West Records)
- 1998: Your Excuse Live-EP (Doolittle / New West Records)
- 2000: Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today (New West Records)
- 2002: Slippage (New West Records)
- 2016: Bees and Seas: The Best of Slobberbone (New West Records)
- 1997: "Dark as a Dungeon" by Merle Travis on Straight Outta Boone County Cowboy Songs, Home Songs, Western Songs, Mountain Songs (Bloodshot Records)
- 1999: "Scuffed" on Band-Kits: A Compilation of Denton, Texas Music (Quality Park)
- 1999: "Piece of Crap" by Neil Young on This Note's for You Too! A Tribute to Neil Young (Interstate Records)
- 2005: "Some New Town" by Bruce Springsteen on Thunder Road Tracks Inspired by the Boss (Uncut)
- 2006: Jubilee Dive (New West Records)
- 2015: Your Dog, Champ (Transient Camp Recordings for Last Chance Records)
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