The surprise hit of '96, veteran of the first two Insurgent Country comps, Robbie finally strikes out on his own.
Let's let him describe it: "13 original country songs with an early 50's production aesthetic (hot vocals, robust bass, live instrumental tracks) and arrangement, reviving certain types of songs long abandoned by mainstream country music. Likewise in retro spirit, these songs will frequently violate current country songwriting trends which hold as taboo themes of negativism, forceful expression, and points of view uncongenial to the prevailing ideology of fatuous feelgoodism; they will instead reflect a modern sensibility in their emotional graphicness, vigorous iconoclasm, and sense of humor. In composition and presentation the music will honestly reflect the heart and personality of its author/singer, and in its fundamental sincerity will stand resolutely against the poisonous tides of camp."
SO THERE!! Co-produced by Steve Albini, and features appearances by the Skeletons, and Tom Brumley (of the Buckaroos), and drop-dead cool honky tonk classics (or soon to be, anyway) like "Every Kinda Music But Country," "The Buck Starts Here," and the sing-a-long fave "She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)."
"With wit, chops, and attitude to spare, it's one of the most forward-looking evocations of the early '60s Bakersfield sound you're likely to hear... Indeed, anybody who makes a fiddle-and-steel record with punk ideologue Steve Albini must have at least one eye on the future." Bill Friskics-Warren, Nashville Scene
"This time next year you might still find yourself saying that Country Love Songs was the best goddamn CD you got in '96." Gil Kaufman, Chicago New City