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"...Mr. Black, As the final Slobberbone performance in Austin draws near (March 11 at the Parish, to be specific), I wanted to publicly tip my hat to the boys in the band for one hell of a run. Best of luck with future endeavors, fellas..."
"...A thick nebula of blue-gray cigarette smoke hangs in the air, as heavy and acrid as the exhaust from a Pinto with blown piston rings. Slobberbone's Brent Best slouches behind the mike, looking a little drunk, a little tired -- like that Guild guitar weighs 50 pounds and he's already on the hangover side of a gullet full of bourbon. Guitarist Jess Barr lays down fluid, squiggly guitar lines, embroidering the song's melody without resorting to hackneyed, hair-in-the-breeze, flap-yer-flares guitar heroics, all the while nonchalantly dangling a cigarette from his lips..."
"...Further proof that time flies: Slobberbone plays its first Austin show in five years Saturday at the Continental Club. The reason the Denton-based quartet with the funny name has been away so long is that they broke up in 2005, after four albums and more than ten years of brutal touring...."
"...SlobberboneCrow Pot Pie (New West)SlobberboneBarrel Chested (New West) Since what's left of Austin's Doolittle Records has been absorbed by the now-local New West label, they've reissued a few of their older titles under the new imprint. In the process, the first two Slobberbone albums, produced by former Dootlittle maven Jeff Cole, have shown their faces again..."
"...The first release to benefit from this arrangement will be Boston-based rock & roller Todd Thibaud's album, Favorite Waste of Time, released by Doolittle through smaller outlets early this year. Then, in October, the entire Doolittle catalogue will be available through Polygram distribution: Favorite Waste of Time, Slobberbone's two releases, Crow Pot Pie ('96)and Barrel Chested ('97), and Mount Pilot's Help Wanted, Love Needed, Caretaker...."
"...SlobberboneEverything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today (New West) Slobberbone's last release, Barrel Chested, admonished listeners to "remember it's rock." It was an irritated attempt by the band to jump off the alt.country bandwagon and pre-empt writers from throwing them back on. So, yeah, Denton's Slobberbone is a rock band -- a trailer-park one -- and a no-bullshit rock & roll band at that..."
"...SlobberboneSlippage (New West) At their peak, the band that spawned the whole "alt.country" tag, Uncle Tupelo, spewed forth blazing punk rock from an honest, countrified perspective. Unfortunately, the rock side got mostly buried in the later waves of bands lumped under that tenuous flag..."
"...In time, Doolittle had distribution via Slipdisc and a piggyback deal with Mercury, through Polygram's distribution arm, and was poised to take its place as a homegrown label with the capital to come up with recording budgets, back touring bands, and promote and distribute releases. The label eventually put together a stable of bands including Denton alt.country twangsters Slobberbone; Festus, Missouri's pride and joy the Bottle Rockets; Austin pop-rocker Trish Murphy; and bluegrassy Chicago swingers Mount Pilot...."
"...Usually, much like Sam Phillips and Sun, small labels are reflective of their owner and his tastes. Jeff Cole jokes that Doolittle is his "record collection, the most expensive one in the world." This hasn't resulted in a cohesive Doolittle aesthetic as with the other labels here - not much shared ground between Miller or Ed Hamell or recent signing Slobberbone and their Denton-based rural version off the Replacements, is there? Wertheimer sees Continental Records as an extension of the club, to the point of the label's installing an ADAT recording set-up at the Continental Club for an upcoming series of quarterly live compilations showcasing its favored genres (i.e., rockabilly, lounge, country, etc.)..."
"...David PorterA Tip of the Hat to SlobberboneMr. Black,..."
"..."We're pretty good friends with the Slobberbone boys, and they seem to be perfectly happy there," notes Hood. "And they've done a pretty good job by Delbert [McClinton] and Randall [Bramblett], so I've got pretty high hopes for that working out...."
"...SLOBBERBONE: Over the past year, this Denton quartet has kept the alt.country flag flying higher than any band working similar territory. Slobberbone knows how to rawk, but keep it twangy (mostly), while frontman Brent Best's lyrics are straightforward and razor-sharp..."
"...SLOBBERBONE: Denton's Slobberbone is colorful -- redneck, white-trash, blue-collar colorful. And they light it up like the mid-Eighties country rock bands (that's what they used to call them back in the day), bands like Jason & the Scorchers and Drivin' and Cryin' -- when they are drivin' and not cryin' that is..."
"...SLOBBERBONE: Country-rock, with the emphasis on rock. Denton four-piece Slobberbone deliver their goods with a smile, a snarl, and a swift kick in the ass..."
"...Instead of a Slip & Slide, there was a running stream. And of course, instead of your neighbor's crummy garage band, Slobberbone, Six String Drag, the Gourds, Damnations, Cheri Knight, the V-Roys, and Alejandro Escovedo all played about an hour (plus or minus) each..."
"...Brent Best and Will Johnson remain best known for fronting longstanding North Texas rock/roots acts in the former's Slobberbone, which leans in the direction of the Replacements, and the latter's now officially defunct Centro-matic, favoring more eclectic ideas. Your Dog, Champ, Best's long in the hopper, completely crowdfunded solo debut, finds him in storytelling mode worthy of the comparisons he's drawn to Southern storytellers like Larrys Brown and McMurtry..."
"...Truth be told, I attended my share of those early gigs on the Drag and have vague memories of double bills with Slobberbone that ended in a drunken, sweaty heap with the refrain of “Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)” ringing in my ears. When Cooley appears this week, it’ll be under different circumstances...."