The Supersuckers' trademark balance of take-no-prisoners swagger and hard-headed introspection is reflected throughout "Holdin' the Bag." The album's eleven songs find them in typically rocking form, while tapping deeply into the band's longstanding affinity for country music, which has grown increasingly prominent in their output since 1997's landmark Must've Been High.
"It's an extraordinarily unlikely story," acknowledges Eddie, who's also found time to release four solo albums. "From the start until now, everything about this band defies logic. This band has no business being as good as it is this far into our existence, and it just seems to be getting better."
Holdin' the Bag offers a compelling blend of brawny badassery and sensitive songcraft on such memorable originals as the high-lonesome title track, which kicks the album off on a deceptively spooky note, and the rousingly twangy anthems "High and Outside," "Man On A Mission" and "Jibber-Jabber." The album closes on a thoughtful note, with an update of the Hank Williams Jr. standard "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," with updated lyrics that refer to such Supersuckers contemporaries as Steve Earle and Lemmy Kilminster of Motorhead. (The album sessions also yielded a second cover tune, a spirited reading of the Billy Joe Shaver classic "Georgia On A Fast Train," which will be included as a bonus track on Holdin the Bag's vinyl edition).
"If you don't like Holdin' the Bag, then you really don't like the Supersuckers," Eddie says. "I really feel like this and Get the Hell are the best records we've ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we're finally getting the hang of this."
"The Supersuckers understand that great rock and great country are, at least on a spiritual level, exactly the same thing. Rock on, boys!"
Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals around North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic's darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin' Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he's been featured in many guitar magazines.
Sensing a shift in the music business climate, Jesse formed his own label in 2002, Stag Records, and began his most prolific recording period. While recording five solo records, one duet record, one live record, all on Stag, as well as two soundtrack recordings (Devil's Rejects, Halloween 2) for rocker/director Rob Zombie, Jesse managed to act in movies and music videos, produce several projects for other artists, write two screenplays, and most recently produced his first writer/directorial movie role, "Zombex," starring Malcolm McDowell. All while performing over 150 dates per year with his ace touring band.
Jesse portrays legendary political satirist and novelist Kinky Friedman in the stage production, Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman. Jesse was cast immediately after his first audition. In 2012, he released a complete project of Kinky Friedman penned songs titled, "Jesse Sings Kinky," which opened a whole new chapter in the career of such a prolific artist. Today, he's putting the finishing touches on the soundtrack music for "Zombex." Down and dirty, southern swamp music, thicker than the New Orleans humidity. The music from "Zombex" brings Jesse's musical carnival ride full circle, and back to the Texas/Louisiana border where it all began.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band w/ Supersuckers, Jesse Dayton