The Waco Brothers
|The Waco Brothers|
At the Metro, Chicago 2011
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
The Waco Brothers are an alternative country band in Chicago, Illinois, formed by Jon Langford of the Mekons. The group grew out of Langford's wish to play more country-influenced music as the Mekons concentrated more on a punk sound. They were originally put together simply for local Chicago shows, but the success of their Bloodshot Records albums allowed them to tour the US occasionally. Many of the members also participate in Langford's Pine Valley Cosmonauts project.
Although the band has recorded seven studio albums since 1995, their cult popularity is primarily a response to their live performances. Their album, Waco Express: Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern is a concert recording which Ken Tucker, the pop music critic for NPR's Fresh Air and Editor-at-Large at Entertainment Weekly, described as "country as it should be written and played, with a long memory for roadhouse honky-tonks rather than TV-ready music videos." Author and music critic Sarah Vowell told the Chicagoist, "I’ve never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling and funny and fun as the Waco Brothers."
In 2012, the Waco Brothers collaborated with Nashville mainstay Paul Burch to produce Great Chicago Fire. The Chicago Tribune said of the album, "If the Rolling Stones were still making great records, this would be it."
- Jon Langford (Mekons, The Three Johns) - vocals, guitar
- Joe Camarillo (Number Nine, Gear, Hushdrops, NRBQ) - drums
- Alan Doughty (Jesus Jones) - bass
- Dean Schlabowske (Deano and the Purvs, Dollar Store, Wreck) - vocals, guitar
- Tracey Dear - vocals, mandolin
- Tom Ray (Bottle Rockets, Devil in a Woodpile, Neko Case) - bass
- Steve Goulding (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Graham Parker & the Rumour) - drums
- Mark Durante (Revolting Cocks, KMFDM) - steel guitar
- To the Last Dead Cowboy (Bloodshot Records, 1995)
- Cowboy in Flames (Bloodshot Records, 1997)
- Do You Think About Me? (Bloodshot Records, 1997)
- Wacoworld (Bloodshot Records, 1999)
- Electric Waco Chair (Bloodshot Records, 2000)
- New Deal (Bloodshot Records, 2002)
- Nine Slices of My Midlife Crisis (Buried Treasure Records, 2004)
- Freedom and Weep (Bloodshot Records, 2005)
- Waco Express The Waco Brothers Live and Kickin' at Shubas Tavern (Bloodshot Records, 2008)
- Great Chicago Fire with Paul Burch (Bloodshot Records, 2012)
- "WACO EXPRESS: LIVE & KICKIN' AT SCHUBAS TAVERN". Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- "Waco Brothers, 'Live and Kicking' in Chicago". Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- "Interview: Sarah Vowell". Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-23/entertainment/ct-ent-0424-waco-burch-20120423_1_waco-brothers-jon-langford-burch-first Chicago Tribune, "Waco Brothers, Paul Burch combine for 'Great Chicago Fire'"
- Margasak, Peter (23 April 2012). "Artist on Artist: Paul Burch talks to Jon Langford of the Waco Brothers". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- "Interview with Hushdrops"
- Music & Musicians: NRBQ
- Deano & the Purvs