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Formed as a five-piece band in Tucson, Arizona in 1988, the then-Black Supersuckers relocated to Seattle in 1989, just in time for the unforeseen grunge explosion. After parting ways with the original vocalist and shortening the name, the Supersuckers landed a deal with Sub Pop in 1992. The rest, as some say, should be history. Since 1992, the band has released split singles with artists as diverse as Steve Earle and the Reverend Horton Heat. The group has toured with everyone from the Ramones to Social Distortion to White Zombie, and even backed Willie Nelson for his live performance on the Tonight Show. Considering just these few choice accomplishments, the Supersuckers' relative anonymity is truly a bit of a mystery. The band should be famous by association, if nothing else.

Since straight up rock 'n' roll didn't spur the Supersuckers to fame within the grunge's lifespan, the group later added an unexpected plan B to its repertoire. Perhaps it will be a Country alter-ego, introduced to a somewhat befuddled and pierced following in 1997, and reaffirmed with the release of Must Have Been Live last spring, that will finally do the trick. This self-recorded and released 19-song CD immortalizes some classic Supersucker ditties and captures convincing renditions of country masterpieces like Conway Twitty's Image of Me, and is accented by guest performances by Amy Nelson and Audley Freed, among others.

Of course, we Texans were never really thrown by the Supersuckers sudden Southern bent. We did, after all, invent the stylistic stepchild now known as the cow punk, and have produced equally hybridized and incomparable (and pre-grunge, mind you) hellraisers like the Hickoids, Loco Gringos, and the good ol' Reverend Horton Heat. Vocalist Eddie Spaghetti's weary vocal cords have certainly earned the pleasant respite of the country twang.

Since their artistic ripening, the Supersuckers have managed to capture the attention of another important demographic — those rare Texans who like Country AND Western music.

Seriously though, the Supersuckers' ongoing alliance with the Willie Nelson family and its musical allies is a decisive notch up in the Bible-belted ladder to good ol' boy immortality. But then again, the Supersuckers still seem bent on going to hell. In fact, I've heard that if you play their anthem "Born With a Tail" backwards, you'll be automatically and entirely absolved of any lies you have to tell to get your ass out of the house on Friday night.

Dallas-based act the Burden Brothers are set to open. The Brothers are the first substantial project to rise out of the Toadies' collective ashes. The band is touted as the joint effort of the Toadies' Todd Lewis and drummer Taz Bentley (Reverend Horton Heat/Tenderloin/Izzy Stradlin), who function as the creative ringleaders of an impressive rotating roster of supporting musicians. The band's current touring lineup includes the talents of Josh Daugherty on guitar (Pinkston), Casey Orr on bass (GWAR/Hellions/Rigor Mortis), Zach Blair on guitar (GWAR/Hagfish/Armstrong), Mike Rudnicki on guitar, and Mark Hughes on bass (Baboon). The Burden brothers' tight, radio-friendly noise could easily place them on the short list of Dallas hopefuls poised to break out of the little leagues, but the savage major label burn inflicted upon the Toadies casts serious doubt on any desire to sign contracts in the near future.

The Supersuckers
with the Burden Brothers
Friday, November 1
White Rabbit
2410 N. St. Mary's
224-9600 (Ticketmaster)

Supersuckers Discography
2002 Must've Been Live (Mid Fi)
2001 Songs All Sound the Same (Hall of...?)
2001 Splitsville, Vol. 1 (Music Cartel)
1999 Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll (Koch)
1997 Must've Been High (Sub Pop)
1995 The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers (Sub Pop)
1994 La Mano Cornuda (Sub Pop)
1994 400 Bucks/Caliente (Sub Pop)
1992 The Smoke of Hell (Sub Pop)

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