Remember back in the day when that one country band covered "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg and the singer was all: "I've gawt bitches in the livurn' room getting it awn, an they ain't leavin' till six in the mor-nin'," with that way-exaggerated Southern drawl? That band is The Gourds, and they'd really appreciate it if people would stop requesting that song at their shows so they could just move on already, thankyouverymuch.
The Gourds have been cranking out country jams since 1994 from a "sloppy hilltop" in Austin, Texas. Known for their live shows and extensive touring, this alt-country act has put out nine full-length albums including 1996's Dem's Good Beeble, 2000's Bolsa de Agua, 2006's Heavy Ornamentals, and 2009's Haymaker! In addition to all that, The Gourds also found time to record soundtracks to two different documentaries: Growin' a Beard (2003) and Something's Brewin' in Shiner (2004). Growin' a Beard follows Austinite Scotty McAfee as he heads to Shamrock, Texas, for an annual beard-growing contest. Since 1938, the men of Shamrock have upheld the tradition of growing a Donegal beard (which sprouts along the chin sans mustache) from New Year's Day to St. Patrick's Day. The Gourds narrate this story with their unique bluegrassy twang, singing tunes like "Shamrock Bound," with lyrics like "I got whiskers on my chin and jowls / Got me the Donegal beard / I've been growin' since New Year's Day ... I'm goin', I'm goin' / Over the hills to claim my crown / Shamrock I am bound."
Whether it's songs about growin' chin hair, comin' up with funky ass shit, or any of the band's other less-gimicky, but equally awesome ditties that draw you out to the Bouquet on Saturday, Feb. 13, we recommend you grab a gin and jiz-uice and check it out.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $16 adv., $19 door, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208.345.6605, thebouquet.net.