Upcoming Release: The Gougers – A Long Day for the Weathervane


Band Touring to Share New Album with Texas Fans

AUSTIN, Texas — Alt-country four-piece band The Gougers (formerly The Sidehill Gougers) marks the release of its latest recording, A LONG DAY FOR THE WEATHERVANE (The Weathervane Records), on October 16 and will take its new sound to the Americana Music Association Conference in Nashville in November, but between those dates and before will criss-cross Texas to share new cuts with eager fans.

The Gougers, with their edgier, fuller, more electric sound and insightful songs, will play venues from Galveston to Fort Worth and San Marcos to Conroe, often returning to old haunts and longtime fans. The band continues a regular schedule of Thursday night gigs at Momo’s in Austin through most of October.

A LONG DAY FOR THE WEATHERVANE, produced by Texas singer-songwriter-guitarist Keith Gattis and mastered by the band’s own John Ross Silva, details the transformation of the band as it dropped part of its name and gained a drummer and electric bass in songs of mortality, family stress and sadness. It features songs from The Gougers’ well-received EP, GONE TO SEED, which were reworked and re-recorded electrically, as well as four more including the radio-ready “Everybody Knows” and “Manheim Station.”

Words and music by songwriting-vocals collaborators Shane Walker and Jamie Wilson are what they call “poems set to music,” evoking true Americana along the lines of such alt-country pioneers as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Bass player Cody Foote and drummer/percussionist Silva back them up on meaty songs that blend conscientious, eloquent messages into a sound that encompasses country, rock, folk and roots.

“The record is a good story about our band in regard to where we came from and where we want to go,” Walker told The Bryan-Eagle recently.

The Gougers upcoming shows include:
    (*CD Release Shows)
Saturday, September 15, Founders Day, McGregor  
Thursday, September 20, Momo’s, Austin
Friday, September 21, Old Quarter Acoustic Café, Galveston
Saturday, September 22, Anderson Fair, Houston
Thursday, September 27, Momo’s, Austin
Friday, September 28, The Granada Theater, Dallas
Saturday, September 29, Rolling Oaks, San Antonio
Thursday, October 4, Momo’s, Austin
Saturday, October 6, The Outback, D’Hanis, Texas
Sunday, October 7, Medina Community Hospital Benefit, Hondo, Texas
Thursday, October 11, Momo’s, Austin
Saturday, October 13, Big State Festival, College Station,
    & Revolution, Bryan
Thursday, October 18, Momo’s, Austin *
Friday, October 19, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Houston *
Saturday, October 20, Woody’s, Fort Worth *
Thursday, October 25, Lucy’s On the Square, San Marcos *
Friday, October 26, Jack’s Patio Bar, San Antonio *
Saturday, October 27, Corner Pub, Conroe *
Tuesday, October 30, White Water Tavern, Little Rock, Ark.
Thursday-Saturday, November 1-3, Americana Music Association Conference, Nashville

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