Saturday night Austin’s own, The Weary Boys will once again bring their rough and tumble version of honky-tonk country/bluegrass to the New World Brewery….and it is a Saturday night so you know things will get nice and rowdy….and rowdy is good for these guys…If you have never seen The Weary Boys then the 5.00 door charge will be the best Abraham Lincoln you can spend. Trust me, as I speak from experience…me and the wife went on saw these guys after a fella on the Hank III message board emphatically told me to go….so we did, having never heard a single note of their music….We have not missed a show since and own every cd they have released…as well as a few live bootlegs. This year has seen the release of a new Weary Boy cd “Jumpin’ Jolie” as well as a solo release by the main weary singer Mario Matteoli “Hard Luck Hittin‘”. While Jumpin’ Jolie has a more lazy feel to it than their previous releases it is still a signature Weary album full of foot tapping rhythms, loose grooves and lonesome characters. Brian Silvi’s fiddle playing takes it’s usual seat at the top of the mix while Mario and Darren share the vocal duties. While I say it is classic Weary Boys there are some surprises on this release. “Baby’s Got a Hold on Me” sounds like a classic 50’s surf rock song…and a really fucking good one a that. There are also plenty of material Weary fans have come to know and love…like the stand out track of the cd “Drink on it”, a lazy trip through alcohol assisted escapism. Mario’s solo cd features a slightly more stripped down sound. I was wondering why Mario would release a solo cd until it arrived. The lyrical content seems more personal and, at times, more cynical than you find on the Weary releases. Even through the darkness and the cynicism there seems to be the underlying confidence that everything will turn out fine by the end of the disc. The track “Sun Keeps Beating Down” is the stand out track on this disc w/o a doubt. Every Time is comes on the cd player I have to listen to it twice.
So, as I mentioned earlier, The Weary Boys are playing New World on Saturday night with the best band in Tampa The Diviners pulling the opening slot so this is guaranteed to be an awesome show. For all of the talk of lazy sounds there is no need to worry…Live, The Weary Boys pull an Emeril and *BAM* they kick it up a notch…everything is played a little faster and there is an added hitch in the giddy up. A few weeks ago Mario and Darren were kind enough to take some time out of their day and answer some questions for me. One of the questions I asked them was to describe their live show to someone who has not seen it…..I think that was me showing my lack of experience as an interviewer and I regret the shit out of asking it. Really I feel like that is my job….so I will. A Weary Boy show at New World is, quite simply, a good fucking time. There will be no shortage of people there that love the band, know the songs and wanna dance. Honky Tonk swing with drunk people smiling and having a good time….no attitudes. So, come out and see the guys for yourself and if you do not have a good time I’ll buy you a beer as an apology. If you make it, look for me…I am the mostly drunk fella w/a shaved head up front singing along. Here are a few tracks and the interview they did for the uninitiated and fans alike:
The Weary Boys – Baby’s Got A Hold On Me
The Weary Boys – Drink On It
The Weary Boys – Freight Train Blues
The Weary Boys – Cruel Corrine
The Weary Boys – Can’t Keep Me Down
Mario Matteoli – Sun Keeps Beating Down
Mario Matteoli – United Nations
9b.net: What’s going on and upcoming for The Weary Boys?
Darren: Same as always, lots of shows working up new songs,writing. Might do a live record and DVD in January but it’s still in the works.
Mario: touring november, december, and january and a live dvd hopefully out early 2007
9b.net: I see that Mario has released a solo album. How did that come about and are there any plans for any other solo albums from you guys?
Mario: I just had a lot a songs I felt were good but wouldn’t really fit on a Weary album. I was kinda always doing some solo stuff anyway, but I finally decided take it seriously and make a record. Be on the look out for Sam Salvi’s Greatest Hits.
9b.net: What is getting heavy play on the ipod or in the RV these days?
Darren: The Raconteurs, Tom Petty’s new record “Highway Companion”. The Sonics, Clifton Chenier, The Hacienda Brothers
Mario: A lot of Freddy Fender, Tanya Tucker, Tom Petty, and our friends Ghostland Observatory.
9b.net: If you had to describe a Weary Boy live show to someone who has never seen y’all, how would you?
Mario: First of all I hate doing that, and I guess I would say it’s an energetic, dancy, country/rock and roll show
9b.net: Has getting played XM radio helped you guys out much? I got the feeling at the last show here in Tampa that if you never had to play Ramblin’ Man again it would not bother you too much.
Darren: XM radio is great. It is hard to tell how much impacted it is having, but it’s cool that my mom hears us.
Mario: I just wish XM would play some of our damn originals. I don’t mind playing Ramblin’ Man, but I think we got some songs that could be some fuckin’ hits if they would just give them some airplay.
9b.net: Being part of the Texas scene are you guys anti-Nashville?
Darren: I think being anti-Nashville is stupid. Nashville has nothing to do with us so why would we bitch about it.
Mario: We are not anti-Legendary Shack Shakers or Leon Russell. Those guys play out of Nashville. But I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone with musical taste is pretty disappointed with the majority of what Nashville backs.
9b.net: The new cd Jumpin’ Jolie seems to be a little more laid back than your previous releases. Was that by design?
Mario: Yes and no. We weren’t trying to make a “laid back” record. We thought we gonna make a more rock and roll sounding record. But, y’know, nothing really had that Boom-chick Boom-chick up-tempo bluegrass feel so it sounds pretty laid back comparatively.
9b.net: What inspired you guys to release “Holy Ghost Power”?
Darren: We had been kicking around the idea of doing a Gospel record for a while. We had an off day on tour and our friend took us up to a little wooden church up in the mountains outside of Boone NC. Saint John the Baptist Episcopal church Built in 1864. I think once we got up there we knew it was the place to do it. So we had our friend contact the church to make sure it was okay and took a couple days off our next tour. Went up there and recorded all day for three days and we had a record. It was a great experience.
9b.net: You know, while seems like so many bands just ignore Florida all together you guys seem to roll through multiple times a year. Why is that? not that I am complaining mind you.
Darren: We all love Florida. We have great shows there and we have met tons of cool people. I try to tell every touring band I know to go down there.
Mario: Fine..we’ll never come back. We happen to love Florida. It just seems like we really click with fans there. People are friendly and like to have good time. You can’t really go wrong with that.
9b.net: Think you could ever bring Black Joe Lewis on your with you?
Darren: Joe kicks ass. He is the first artist signed to “Weary Records” He doesn’t get out of Austin too much but we would love to get him out to Florida some time.
Mario: It’s nice thought but I doubt it.