John Doe And The Sadies Country Club

John Doe And The Sadies Country Club
As well as being one of the best honky-tonk bands on the planet, the Sadies are often in demand as accompanists for the likes of Neko Case, Andre Williams and now John Doe. The concept here is simple and perfectly executed: take a batch of ace country classics from the '60s and '70s and pair them with the gritty, virile voice of cow punk pioneer Doe (X, the Knitters) and the flawless and spirited playing of the Sadies. Spicing up the mix are a couple of cool Sadies originals ("The Sudbury Nickel" and "Pink Mountain Rag") and the Doe/Exene tune "It Just Dawned On Me," with Kathleen Edwards taking the Exene role. Mum and dad Good (Margaret and Bruce) make accomplished cameos on vocals and autoharp, respectively, as do pedal steel players Eric Haywood and Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo). Doe has never sung better, making the songs his with ease. The songs chosen are mostly tried and true cuts by the likes of Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, but chances are younger fans of the Sadies and John Doe are far from familiar with songs like "Are The Good Times Really Over For Good" and "I Still Miss Someone." In that sense, this album can be both educational and hugely entertaining. (Outside)