Austin Daze Presents The Gourds for Holidaze Show

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Austin Daze Magazine presents a "Holidaze" show December 7, 2007 at Ruta Maya, featuring Austin's own legendary band "The Gourds". Proceeds to benefit the SIMS Foundation.

Austin Daze Magazine presents a "Holidaze" show December 7, 2007 at Ruta Maya, featuring Austin's own legendary band "The Gourds" with proceeds benefitting the SIMS Foundation. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Hailed as possibly America's greatest songwriting duo, Gourd's songwriters "Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith have written the most dense, reference-laden country songs of the last 10 years and almost single-handedly made a place for deep thought in a genre of "Honky Tonk Badonkadonks".

The Gourd's ninth studio release "Noble Creatures" is a slight departure from their usual ilk with ballad driven songs. Inspired by a single song based upon an accident while fiddling around with a ukulele chord book, which Kevin Russell claims is "surely the most stirring and beautiful" song he's ever written, the Gourd's boisterous rough edges still provide a barrage of amusing and thought-provoking images. With verses like "Jammin' on the old cartoons with the swagger of the immune / Sleeping like a fat raccoon / diabetic on a honeymoon, the Gourd's live shows are always a good bet.

The Austin Daze Magazine is a local, grassroots and soulful paper that bridges the gap between local, national and international personalities that come through Austin. The paper conducts great interviews and covers many of the events that make Austin special. Austin Daze has been in print for 8 years and continues to roll on strong with much community support. The paper has been keeping it real and doing it's best to share and showcase some of the undiscovered beauty alongside the well-known talent. The paper is released every two months in print format and is also online at Check out the past issues in the archive section.

The paper will give back to another organization that gives so much to the music community, The SIMS Foundation. Helping to keep Austin "The Live Music Capitol of the World," The SIMS Foundation is a safety net that provides low cost mental health services to musicians.

All the elements are in place for a very special night of music. Advance tickets can be purchased at                                    

The Gourds are the consummate thinking-man's party band, strutting lyrics bordering on the beautifully obtuse and strumming tunes catchy enough to incite a swamp riot - Joe Battista, BC Music

They're best known, if at all, for their "hick-hop" cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" - Stephen Haag, PopMatters

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