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Bolsa de Agua – The Gourds

Another great release from ’90 under the contemporary folk umbrella (see Amy Correia) – and covering some of the same rootsy terrain as Steve Earle – is Bolsa de Agua from Austin’s Gourds. They throw in the veritable kitchen sink, drawing from bluegrass punk, Tex-Mex, roots rock, Cajun, western, and revival gospel, brewing up a heady, sometimes disorienting beverage.

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith, the Gourds evolved out of a late ’80s cow-punk band called the Picket Line Coyotes. Bolsa de Agua was their fourth album, and it’s got the goods: fine songs and recording quality, excellent playing, and a real sense of musical history rammed into the present.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014.Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted.Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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