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ALL, Louisiana, USA

ALL, Louisiana, USA

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ROOTS MUSIC REPORT - Kickin' Up Dust
"Holy &%$# this band is awesome! As country as country can get.
Some of the best songwriting and dance floor shuffling tunes we have heard here at RMR in 2006.
THE WAY-GONERS have captured the essence of country music whilst adding their own up to date flavor to each track on this CD. Their music is modern but has that true country honky tonk sound that originally attracted millions of fans from around the globe to the country music scene. “Country Radio if you are not spinning this album, you're not country”
-Robert Bartosh (ROOTS MUSIC REPORT) - RMR


Disciples Saving Country Music One Show At A Time
Lead singer Michael Howes doesn’t think of the band’s shows as a religious experience, but they might just be saving country music one show at a time. “Kickin’ Up Dust” is a rollicking soundtrack to hard living with songs like “Pill Poppin’ Pistol Packin’ Woman” & “When I Drink I Cheat”.
There are songs perfect for two-steps and others perfect for head banging. The bands live shows are a raucous time too, that appeals to the younger crowd. Lot’s of drinking, dancing, and energy…

Read Online — Renee Allemand (DAILY STAR NEWSPAPER) - DAILY STAR NEWSPAPER


ROOTSTIME/ Belgium
With "Kickin' Up Dust", THE WAY-GONERSand DAN BAIRD have captured the essence of country music.
Read Online — ROOTSTIME REVIEW - ROOTSTIME


MISS LANA'S TEXICANA MUSIC CENTRAL


"Kickin' Up Dust"
by Jay Johnson

Texas’ border long ago lost its ability to contain honky tonk music and the October 24th release of Kickin’ Up Dust by THE WAY-GONERS, of Hammond, Louisiana, is further attestation to that fact. Front man Michael Howes, a self-proclaimed huge Gram Parsons fan, maintains that “country music is best when performed by rock players.” He cites the Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia” to substantiate his assertion, but one can go further back in time to augment his claim. Jerry Lee Lewis, who, coincidentally, also hails from Louisiana, is another rock player that’s turned out some pretty good country music, and his unmistakable influence can be heard on track ten, “Shake It Off.” What kind of music is this? Is it alt-country? Americana? Roots? Cajun? It’s all kinds. All kinds of good!

On track two, “Too Late For Me,” the influence of the producer, legendary Georgia Satellites front man and Yayhoos member Dan Baird, becomes evident. The song’s driving tempo is reminiscent of vintage Georgia Satellites and the great bass and low-end guitar work is evocative of a honky tonk Duane Eddy. “Lonely Town” is earmarked by frenetic, freight train-like drumming and lyrics that speak to how loneliness can make it hard to listen to Waylon sing ramblin’ songs, Patsy sing love songs or Willie sing hurtin’ songs.

“Pill Poppin’, Pistol Packin’ Woman,” with brazen lyrics about a mama thinkin’ her son’s girlfriend is easy and a daddy warnin’ “I ain’t the first,” allows a peek into the “long and loud” nights of a dysfunctional, countrified Sid and Nancy. A great, catchy opening guitar lick is the footer to a great song and “Dry County Blues” has one that can stand proud alongside the likes of some that the great Bill Kirchen has laid down. The opening lick draws you in and the captivating guitar breaks keep you there. The midway point brings the first song that can be characterized as a ballad, “Someday.” Some skilled fiddle work is on display as are Michael Howes’ vocals. Kickin’ Up Dust repeatedly reveals that Mr. Howes is a damn good honky tonk singer.

“Big City Lights” picks up the tempo and lays down the beat on a Georgia Satellites “coulda been” song that proves unequivocally that this is a honky tonk band capable of firing on all cylinders. These are polished, professional musicians, not of the garage player variety. There is a distinct difference between alt-country and traditional country that’s epitomized on “Truckstop Girl.” Alt-country speaks forthrightly and directly to topics, such as sleazy, trashy truck stop girls, that traditional country leaves to innuendo. The strong, textured vocals make this a song all of us closet Jerry Springer watchers have to love!

“Shake It Off” flat out rocks. It rocks the honky tonk, ice-house, juke joint or dive beer joint, as the case may be, and I don’t know which sounds greasier- the wailin’ harmonica or the dirty guitar. The song moves at a pace that would have challenged The Killer in his prime. “Hellbent” is a rollicking chain gang song that’s played with the same ferocity and aplomb as the disk’s other rockers. It’s the ferocity that makes it easy to envision someone along the lines of Hank III singing it. The disk’s finale, “Hard As Hell,” features some nice acoustic guitar strumming and lyrically proves again that the inequality of the sexes remains as pervasive as ever in honky tonk music. Because, ya know, us men are gonna continue actin’ like asses and you women should just keep on acceptin’ and lovin’ us…

- MISS LANA'S TEXICANA MUSIC CENTRAL


...purveyors of hard-living, country music. - miles of music


ALL MUSIC GUIDE – Stewart Mason

Pure country delivered with a solid rock & roll kick, the debut album by New Orleans' Way Goners is a hoot and a half. Even beyond sardonic love songs like "Pill Poppin' Pistol Packin' Woman" and wry odes to country life like the instant road trip classic "Dry County Blues," there's a feeling of warm good humor and lack of self-seriousness throughout Kickin Up Dust. It's unsurprising, then, to learn that the album's producer is Dan Baird, former lead singer of the similarly loose and rockin' Georgia Satellites, but the Way Goners are more of a full-on honky tonk country act than those '80s bar-banders: tunes like the first single "When I Drink, I Cheat" are squarely in the Nashville tradition of songs that allow celebration and guilt over one's own bad behavior. More country than anything Garth Brooks and Toby Keith have done in their entire careers put together, Kickin Up Dust also rocks harder than either without resorting to the usual stadium rock clichés.
- All Music Guide


Boot scooting two step tune? Check. ("When I Drink I Cheat") Americana style traveling song? Check ("Lonely Town") Heartfelt baby-take-me-back songs? Check. ("Someday" and "Hard As Hell") Bad ass southern rawk songs? Check. ("Dry County Blues" and "Big City Lights") Hip shaking blues number with screaming harmonica? Check. ("Shake It Off') This is hard hitting, high impact country that makes you realize just how soft most country has become. _Kickin' Up Dust_ proves that THE WAY-GONERS are firing on all cylinders and here's hoping their heading to a honky tonk or biker bar near you. - TAP


Discography

Honky Tonk Disciples EP 2005

Kickin' Up Dust (BIG BENDER RECORDS)

TRACK LISTING
1. WHEN I DRINK I CHEAT 2:42
2. TOO LATE FOR ME 3:21
3. LONELY TOWN 4:06
4. PILL POPPIN’, PISTOL PACKIN’ WOMAN 3:25
5. DRY COUNTY BLUES 3:23
6. SOMEDAY 3:31
7. BIG CITY LIGHTS 3:24
8. TRUCKSTOP GIRL 3:04
9. WHAT’S THAT SAY ABOUT LOVE 2:55
10. SHAKE IT OFF 2:44
11. HELL BENT 4:13
12. HARD AS HELL 3:19

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Internet Radio says, “THE WAY-GONERS are one of the best new acts to emerge from the country movement; which some call the ‘Anti-mainstream Nashville sound’. The band features traditional instrumentation and rock-solid song writing, but also hints at something a little more sinister with their content and aggressive delivery.” THE WAY-GONERS are in some ways a throwback to the good old days when beer drinking, juke joints, and a raunchy band went together like dance floors and sawdust. Doing it up in the tradition of their honky tonk heroes Waylon, Merle, Hank, and others; playing anywhere that can offer the band free beer and a good vibe. Formed in 2005, THE WAY-GONERS have found an outlet for their brand of rocking country music across the small river bars of southern Louisiana to the bright lights and big city stages of Nashville and Austin. Adopting a “Wherever and Whenever” approach to gigging has given the group the opportunity to become a tough, hard gigging outfit and hone their unique sound in front of appreciative audiences everywhere. After a year or so of playing every honky tonk and beer dive they could find, the band (then known as the Honky Tonk Disciples) hooked up with legendary roots rocker and Nashville producer DAN BAIRD, former singer of the Georgia Satellites. In July 2006 BAIRD loaded up the car and headed down to Louisiana for the recording of “KICKIN’ UP DUST”. The CD features 12 original songs written by singer Michael Howes and guitarist Danny Bond. Recorded over a week and a half’s time in an old warehouse just a few blocks from Lake Ponchatrain; “Kickin’ Up Dust” offers an unpolished glimpse of the band and their songs. Their strong debut release has opened up many doors for the Louisiana group, and 2007 has seen THE WAY-GONERS as top sellers at distributors Miles Of Music and CD Baby. The CD’s opening song, “When I Drink I Cheat” is an instant favorite and barroom classic and has appeared on dozens of independent and internet radio shows. Other standouts include the infectious boogie of “Too Late For Me”, train like groove of “Lonely Town”, and the hook laden chorus of “Truck Stop Girl”.