John Doe and The Sadies
On a drunken promise made to Travis and Dallas Good of The Sadies after a gig in Toronto, songwriter John Doe (formerly of X and The Knitters) teamed up with the indie rock group to record "Country Club," an album of classic country covers and originals that was released in April on Yep Roc Records.
"It's rare that anyone remembers promises like these the morning after, let alone makes it a reality," Doe said in a press release. "But I'm really glad we did."
Doe and The Sadies will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Stillwater, 1951 Highway 66, Ashland. Folk singer and songwriter Jill Sobule will open the show.
By including various yet equally beloved movements within the pantheon of country music, Doe and The Sadies have covered songs by their heroes while filtering the pop sensibilities of '60s Nashville through the electric honky tonk of Bakersfield, Calif.
"We're not sure why it sounds like it's from the sixties," Doe said. "Maybe that's our favorite era of country music or maybe that's what we listened to when we first learned how to play it."
"The songs chosen are very ambitious," said Dallas Good of The Sadies. "While we haven't reinvented the wheel, we have created a cohesiveness between several hit country and western singles and our own styles."
Timeless sounds abound on "Country Club," with the songs driven by Doe's vocals, the dueling chops of the guitar-wielding Good brothers and The Sadies' rhythm section featuring Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean.
Classic tunes by Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings stand alongside late-night ballads by Tammy Wynette and Roger Miller on "Country Club."
The album also features four originals — three from The Sadies and one courtesy of X songwriting duo Doe and Exene Cervenka.
Doe and The Sadies have found a blend of the reverent and the experimental, resulting in a slightly psychedelic brew that just might pass for straight if you're not lookin.'
Tickets to the show at Stillwater are $15 and are available at stillwaterashland.com or at the door.