Waco Express: Live and Kickin' at Schubas Tavern, Chicago. On WACO EXPRESS, you can practically feel the heat from the stage, smell the smoke on your clothes, taste the beery taste of beer and let your ears bask in the un-tempered wall of sound. This collection of songs is strong enough to sub for the Waco Brothers Greatest Hits album that in a better world would be filling an end cap at a newly unionized Wal-Mart. An exploding pattern of low guitar sparks makes a sound so hard you can almost touch it. A lot of good nights out don't give you that much to take home, that much to keep you awake. -Greil Marcus, Interview.
Given their consistent strength as a stage act, a live album from the Waco Brothers would seem like a no-brainer, and there's little arguing that the band's first live disc, Waco Express: Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern, Chicago captures them in their native environment, cranking out 15 of their best songs (and a Neil Young cover for good measure). at one of the Windy City's finest watering holes with an appreciative and socially lubricated audience joining in the fun.
The Waco Brothers are an alternative country band in Chicago, Illinois, formed by Jon Langford of the Mekons. The group grew out of Langford's wish to play more country-influenced music as the Mekons concentrated more on a punk sound. They were originally put together simply for local Chicago shows, but the success of their Bloodshot Records albums allowed them to tour the US occasionally. Author and music critic Sarah Vowell told the Chicagoist, "I’ve never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling and funny and fun as the Waco Brothers.
In a way, then, Waco Express: Live & Kickin’ at Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago is a homecoming, albeit for a band that never really left town. It is as loose and friendly and sloppy-great as beer sloshed in plastic cups onto sawdust floors. The live album ranges freely over the Waco’s massive catalog, drawing on both punk and country, without ever losing sight of the main point: This is one kicking live band
Author and music critic Sarah. Vowell told the Chicagoist, "I’ve never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling and funny and fun as the Waco Brothers.
Recording information: Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL (12/2006). Photographer: Frank Swider. Over a decade into their fist-pumping tenure, the Waco Brothers finally release the live document that longtime fans-tired of explaining the live brilliance of this band to those underwhelmed by their studio output-richly deserve with WACO EXPRESS: LIVE & KICKIN' AT SCHUBA'S TAVERN. One listen to this gem and there will be no doubters.
Waco Express The Waco Brothers Live and Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern (Bloodshot Records, 2008). Great Chicago Fire (Bloodshot Records, 2012). Going Down in History, (Bloodshot Records, 2016). "Waco express: live & kickin' at schubas tavern". Retrieved 11 July 2010. "Waco Brothers, 'Live and Kicking' in Chicago". "Interview: Sarah Vowell".
|2||Blink Of An Eye|
|3||Too Sweet To Die|
|4||Red Brick Wall|
|5||Cowboy In Flames|
|8||Do What I Say|
|10||If You Don't Change Your Mind|
|11||Death Of Country Music|
|12||Nothing At All|
|13||Plenty Tuff Union Made|
Written-By – Neil Young
|16||Take Me To The Fires|
|BS 144||The Waco Brothers||Waco Express Live & Kickin' At Schuba's Tavern, Chicago (CD)||Bloodshot Records||BS 144||US||2008|