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Asylum Street Spankers on Sunset Road

Asylum Street Spankers on Sunset Road
hosted by Terry Carpenter
with guest host Aer Stephen
Friday, February 17, 5:30-6pm


Spanker Madness LIVE!!! Host Terry Carpenter of Sunset Road welcomes the Asylum Street Spankers and guest host Aer Stephen for a very special Live In-Studio Performance on WTJU. The Spankers will be dishing it out during a special Re-Assembly Tour stop later this night at the Gravity Lounge, downtown Charlottesville, as well. Guy Forsyth, one of the founding members of the Asylum Street Spankers, rejoins the madness for this tour that also comes with a new DVD in tow, in which 21 (of the over 40) past and present spankers get together for a 10th Anniversary Reunion.

The magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers began in 1994 at a booze and hallucinogen-fueled party at the Dabbs Hotel in Llano, Texas. There Christina Marrs and Guy Forsyth met Wammo. During a night spent singing and playing along the banks of the Llano River they made a pact to keep the all-night-sing-along-anything-goes spirit of that party alive. Upon returning to Austin, they gathered a few like-minded pals and began playing free shows at clubs and busking on the Guadalupe Street Drag. (Guadalupe was known as Asylum Street because it led to the state, um, hospital. A Spanker is someone who can play their instrument vigorously and proficiently, uh, yeah.)

Within a year they conquered Austin, playing three SRO weekly residencies, including the city's original Gospel Brunch at La Zona Rosa. With the departure of Forsyth in 1998 the band began venturing out into the wider world. Since then, Christina and Wammo have pushed their ever-evolving troupe from simple country-blues revivalism toward smart, challenging music of boundless variety, sophisticated arrangements, stunning showmanship and determined inventiveness.

Founding their own label, Spanks-a-Lot Records in 1999, the band has built an international audience without the aid of the corporate music industry. Continuing to tour throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, the Spankers are now a world-renowned underground institution and one of the planet's most distinctive musical acts.


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