Mean Old Way
Hailing from Austin Texas, acoustic trio Shotgun Party's second album 'Mean Old Way' takes a punky approach to Western Swing. A follow up to their self-titled 2007 release, 'Mean Old Way' features hot fiddle, original songs, cool harmony and a take-no-prisoners approach to rhythm. The critically praised trio - consisting of guitarist, singer and songwriter Jenny Parrott, upright bassist Andrew Austin-Petersen, and fiddler Katy Rose Cox -presents an unmistakable approach to acoustic music. "Mean Old Way" is loaded with elements of soul, country, folk, bluegrass and swing to create a sound that is unique, exciting and genuine. Stylistically Shotgun Party falls somewhere between the Bad Livers and the Wiyos, with their cross genre songwriting, musicality and DIY attitude. "Unheralded opening trio Shotgun Party blew the house away with a set of Texas swing that had one foot among the tumbleweeds and the other in outer space." says Paul Rapp of Metroland Online. Shotgun Party has opened for Delbert McClinton, the Dixie Bee Liners, Wayne Hancock, and the Morning 40 Federation, and has established itself through their regular performances at Austin's famed Continental Club. Shotgun Party can be found touring the East Coast and South in support of "Mean Old Way" this fall. "Mean Old Way" features upright bassist and vocalist Chris Crepps, who, due to a growing young family, has since left the lineup of Shotgun Party. Crepps' inventive bass lines and unique approach to arrangement and harmony helped establish the Shotgun Party sound. Katy Rose Cox's melodic fiddle lines sing like vocals and her work on traditional instrumental pieces (Draggin' the Bow and Tayna) reveals a touch that is both wild and heartfelt. Slide guitar performances by Austin's Steve James, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, and minor deity in the blues world, and clarinet on selected tracks by Stan Smith round out the sound and lend a distinct Austin flavor. Shotgun Party's original music is penned by lead singer Jenny Parrott, whose songs tell stories of Saturday nights in jail (Paints a Yates), summer motherhood (Lullaby), bad habits (Mean Old Way) and goodbyes (Operatar). Kinky Friedman has called the album "the best songs I've heard since Christ was a cowboy." Co-produced by Shotgun Party and Mark Hallman (Hot Club of Cowtown, David Byrne, Shawn Colvin) "Mean Old Way" promises to live hard in the memory of listeners.