Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Resentments - Build Your Own Prison

The Resentments started out as a jam session among five fixtures on the roots rock and alternative country scene, but evolved into a real band. A regular member of Kris Kristofferson's band in the 1970s, Stephen Bruton was alt-country when it was called outlaw country and he was still called Turner Stephen Bruton. He worked with Rita Coolidge, Willie Nelson, T-Bone Burnett, and Billy Joe Shaver before starting his solo recording career and releasing four albums of his own in the 1990s. In 2002, he formed the Resentments with guitarists/singers Jon Dee Graham and Jud Newcomb, who have almost equally impressive resumés. Graham helped found roots rock pioneers the True Believers, recorded with John Doe and Kelly Willis, and released three critically acclaimed albums of his own. Newcomb's long been a fixture on the Austin music scene and has played with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Bob Schneider. Bassist Bruce Hughes and drummer John Chipman (who replaced John Treaner in 2003) both have sideman resumés too long to list here. The Resentments recorded their first album, Sunday Night Line Up, in 2002, and followed up with an eponymous self-titled release.

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