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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, January 25, 5:05-5:30PM

Spankers

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. Fresh from their 2 week stand at the Barrow Street Theater in New York City, where the spankers performed their new vaudevillian theatrical music revue, "What? And Give Up Show Biz?" to rousing critical revue, the Spankers will be dishing it out later this night at the Gravity Lounge, downtown Charlottesville, as well. "This is one of my favorite bands of all time, and to have them live in-studio at WTJU is an event not to miss!" quips Aer Stephen.

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.

Spankers in NYC

The Spankers with their extended line-up in New York City for "What? And Give Up Show Biz?"

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