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Waco Express Live & Kickin at Schuba's Tavern Chicago [Digipak] *

Album: Waco Express Live & Kickin at Schuba's Tavern Chicago [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Waco Express
2)    Blink of an Eye
3)    Too Sweet to Die
4)    Red Brick Wall
5)    Cowboy in Flames
6)    Fox River
7)    Hello Roof
8)    Do What I Say
9)    Missing Link
10)    If You Don't Change Yr Mind
11)    Death of Country Music
12)    Nothing at All
13)    Plenty Tuff Union Made
14)    Harm's Way
15)    Revolution Blues
16)    Take Me to the Fires
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Dan Dietrich.
  • Recording information: Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL (12/2006).
  • Photographer: Frank Swider.
  • Over a decade into their fist-pumping tenure, the Waco Brothers finally release the live document that longtime fans--tired of explaining the live brilliance of this band to those underwhelmed by their studio output--richly deserve with WACO EXPRESS: LIVE & KICKIN' AT SCHUBA'S TAVERN. One listen to this gem and there will be no doubters.
  • Although the band started as a way for founder Jon Langford to sate his country yen long after the Mekons abandoned it in favor of a more punk approach, the Wacos onstage have always played honky-tonk so blisteringly and with such unbridled political bile that there is virtually no difference, anyway, between their idea of country and the common definition of punk. Recorded in their hometown Chicago haunt, Schuba's Tavern, WACO EXPRESS delivers 16 lean and mean band standards that could be confused with Clash songs were it not for drummer Steve Goulding's manic Orange Blossom shuffles and Marc Durante's steel-guitar flourishes. Even their cover of Neil Young's "Revolution Blues"--a song that practically demands self-indulgent jamming--clocks in at a brisk 2:56. Waco express, indeed.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Rollicking country-punk for the most part, there are crowd pleasing anthems here....Plenty of drunken banter, too."

No Depression (p.70) - "[T]he Brothers serve up all killer, no filler, going full-bore from the moment they rip into the set-opening rave-up 'Waco Express'."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Leaving the rough edges intact, they deliver a wealth of fat riffs, gang vocals and ragged fun..."
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