Denim Boot Ponies
Denim Boot Ponies
Prolific song producers, the "Dagnabit" EP followed in the summer of 2009, and the "Git Mounted!" full-length album will be released by the close of 2009. The Alt.Country/Psychobilly description comes not from any particular genre being more accurate than any other; they are simply psychotic hillbillies at heart. (Note: the term "Psychobilly" comes from a ]Johnny Cash song about working on a GM assembly line and a Cadillac coming home from work slowly in a lunch pail over the course of several years). Denim Boot Ponies sound evolved from their original 1970's punk bands back into their even more ancient country roots. The bad attitude of the early punk bands is still present. Evident in their music are the politics and topicality of Woody Guthrie, the sung-from-the-heart-and-through-the-nose "high n lonesome" style vocals of Hank Williams crossed with Johnny Cash with a dirt road struck in his throat, the layer upon layer instrumental tracks of a Phil Spector recording and/or shoot-out, and guitar parts that range from noisy to old-timey.
The JT Johnson "signature" Rickenbacker guitar sound and solid rhythm and slide playing provide the anchor, with BD Jones' more askew tremolo-and-tape-delay laden "country" playing providing counterpoint. JT Johnson is the main music composer; BD Jones' lyrics and blogs reveal a seemingly paradoxical combination of socialist and libertarian. Songs and blogs are released simultaneously at www.myspace.com/yourbasicbluedenimbootponies, and then commercially via Tunecore. Inspiration for songs such include the right to organize into trade unions ("Dirt")--the support of worker-run collectives ("We Only Want the World")-- the injustice of the capitalist system as evidenced in the homes being foreclosed upon in the USA ("Welcome to the Dustbowl")--lust for power, political and otherwise ("Wanna Be the Man"), the psychosis brought on by war ("Locked N Loaded"), and psychosis brought on by capitalist economics and its effective isolation of the average worker from society at large and the rest of the working class ("Goodbye Song")--and the suicide of Tennessee moonshiner due to excessive ATF zeal ("The Ballad of Popcorn Sutton"). It has been rumored that the number of Denim Boot Ponies songs that begin with the letter "W" is a direct result of the Bush presidency. DBP's opinion of the former US President is described in "You Ain't Cool," in which "spinach" rhymes with "Kucinich." Denim Boot Ponies is a worker-run collective.
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