I don’t have a vast musical knowledge nor am I able to recite lyrics and names of bar scene bands on the fly. Google is the friend of every short term memory music lover like me. I do, however, know what I like when I hear it and my likes are fairly eclectic.

Most of the time, if you pull up next to my 97 busted up GMC pick-up at a stop light, you’ll hear some old twang sung by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash or Walylon Jennings. If it’s a weekday morning, you’ll find 104.1 The Edge seeping out of the cracked window along with a stream of cigarette smoke.

My I-Pod has everything from Michael Buble to Otis Redding. Kevin Fowler to Bob Wills. Blondie to Alejandro Fernadez. When I’m trucking a load from Bueyeros, NM back home, I can spend an hour replaying Johnny Cash’s God’s Gonna Cut you Down. Maybe because my people come from out in Quay, I tend to find that trip unusually reflective and The Cash man has a way of putting it all in perspective.

Having said that, until yesterday, I had no idea who the Asylum Street Spankers were and having had a conversation that morning with God, I was pretty sure they weren’t his favorite band. Everyone knows His favorite is CCR.

I can tell you what their website says about them, or the many reviews they’ve had in the past ten plus years that the band has been playing. I can tell you that one of the founding members, Wammo, has his own website where he advertises his art, “House shows” and for a small fee will even marry you at your wedding.

What I can’t tell you is, that unless you hear them live, I just don’t see how you could ever quite get the symphony of sound that comes out of their filthy beer soaked mouths. The gospel part of the show would have made my grandmother proud. Of course the last song of that set that segue’s into the more secular area of their music would have had her hitting them over the head with her purse and calling down the wrath of God upon them. Grandma was funny that way. God rest her soul.

I can’t even tell you what genre of music they are. If Gospel and Blues made love to Punk and Southern Rock and the child of that union made love to Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, that might produce a genre that would be able to explain the Spankers.

Then again, I did say I don’t have a vast musical knowledge but do know what I like. I like them and the fact that they come from Texas, makes it that much sweeter. You know, if you wanna call Austin, Texas.
Even the wife loved them, though I did have to explain what PBR was following a song of the same name. Heh, PBR…. good times….

I don't know if they are God's favorite band, but they just got moved up a notch on my list of favorites and I'm pretty sure they are constant attenders of The Church of Hank Williams

Anywhoo, thanks to DCF and Neil at AMP Concerts for the opportunity to see them.
Now I just need to save up to buy the last ten years worth of their albums.

Keep on Rockin…er…bluesin…er…gospelin… er..punkin… eh, whatever.

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Tags: Alternative, Asylum, Music, Spankers, Street

Comment by Kelly Vickers on March 28, 2010 at 7:09am
Great Review!!! Glad you won the tix.
Comment by cathyray on March 28, 2010 at 8:53am
love it!! The review was a much fun as the clip & the whole darn thing looked like fun, fun, fun. Keep on rocking like a white boy!
Comment by neal copperman on March 28, 2010 at 10:12am
It was a super fun show! Great to meet you Granjero. See you next time :)
Comment by Flozilla on March 28, 2010 at 1:20pm
LOVE the Spankers! I have had many a good time at their shows...very glad that you continually bring them to ABQ Neal!
Comment by Granjero on March 29, 2010 at 3:06pm
it really was a lot of fun. Enjoyed it immensely. Can't recommend them enough if the chance arises.

Neal, it was good to meet you too. Look forward to more concerts coming our way.
Comment by slamwagon on March 29, 2010 at 3:39pm
Great review.

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