Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lonesome Strangers - Lonseome Pine (1986, Wrestler)

Here’s one for all you cowpokes out there. The Lonesome Strangers were an early alt-country quartet with a decidedly traditionalist bent, ostensibly hailing from the L.A. area. These boys played it so straight laced, it’s hard to tell if their debut, Lonesome Pine was a sly send-up of their genre of choice or wholly sincere. Founding member Randy Weeks went onto to record several solo albums, and has guested on records by such bona fide country artists as Dwight Yoakam and Chris Gaffney.

It’s Lonesome Pine's livelier offerings that do it for me, namely the introductory dust-up “Don’t Cross the Bad Man,” and “Here Comes the Night,” the latter popularized by Them featuring Van Morrison. Overall, the Strangers were way more Hank and Cash than the Meat Puppets or Tupelo. Finally, word on the net is that the bassist for the Strangers once dated Lucinda Williams. All this dusty, boot-kickin’ cross-pollination, I’m telling ya… Click on the hyperlinks in the first paragraph for more crucial biographical data.
01. Don't Cross the Bad Man
02. Ton of Shame
03. Lonesome Pine
04. Here Comes the Night
05. 8-Ball
06. Hillbilly Music
07. Modern Don Juan
08. The One Who Wore My Ring
09. Walkin' Over Hot Coals
10. Stranger Malone

14 comments:

Joseph Kyle said...

ooh, nice stuff! do you happen to have the Geraldine Fibbers' early comp "What Part of Get thee Gone don't you understand?"

spavid said...

Sorry, don't have anything by the Geraldine Fibbers, but did a quick Google search for the comp you mentioned. It looks like you can get it used from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000003L0F/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

Willie said...

Minor correction: The bassist who dated Lucinda was Lorne Rall, who took the place of founding member Nino Del Pesco. Lonesome Pine is the only album which featured all four founding members; Jeff Rymes, Randy Weeks, Nino Del Pesco, and Joe Nanini.

The Shamus Twins said...

They were sincere. I was in a band with Jeff Rhymes right before he and Randy formed the L.S. I wanted to go more pop, and he was leaning toward country. We were doing at least one L.S. song in this band, written by Jeff. Finally, I had enough, and told Jeff - "Go form a country group". And he did.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Aw man...any chance for a re-up?
I have their self titled LP, ripped by me here if interested.

http://ul.to/bpmnv989

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Awesome...thanks for the update!

zuiop said...

@ Camarillo: can you re-up theire self-titled LP?
Thanks.

spavid said...

This is the only record I have by them. Sorry zuiop.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Here is the self titled LP.
WMA VBRQ98
http://www61.zippyshare.com/v/4qvhqcpi/file.html

It's my fav...enjoy

spavid said...

Just saw your link now Camarillo. Thanks.

Fred Hoesel said...

Could you please,please,please re-up Lonesome Pine?

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Fred Hoesel said...

Thank you.