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virus388 GRADY
Y.U. So Shady?
virus388 (2008) LP - $12.00
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Yee Ha! Southern swamp blues-rock mayhem with paint-peeling slide guitar like you've never heard! Grady is a razor-sharp power trio fronted by guitar master Gordie Johnson who counts gold/platinum records on his wall from his stint in Toronto, Canada with Big Sugar.

With picks on all his fingers, he rips the strings, loud as hell, through a little Fender amp for pedal steel guitars. Grady has a fiercer, more direct sound than his previous band--a perfect fit for Alternative Tentacles. Gordie eventually unplugged from the music industry, heading south to Austin, Texas, with longtime sidekick Big Ben Richardson to live as a rancher, but the siren call of music was much too persistent: he's now one of the chief engineers at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios with production credits that include Govt Mule, Reel Big Fish, Black Crowes (who asked him to join the band), and Nashville Pussy.

Y.U. So Shady is a re-release of their self-released debut, a demo recording that became an accidental hit in Austin as fans began calling radio stations and record stores requesting songs and asking for the disc. It's been remixed by Gordie and re-sequenced by Jello Biafra. Un-Fucking-Stoppable!

"The soundtrack to your next bar-fight..."
- Classic Rock Magazine

"I been listenin' to Grady every day."
- Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top

"I saw them in Austin at SXSW and told 'em they were a punk Junior Brown. Now I've decided they're the missing link between early Johnny Winter and Ministry."
- Jello Biafra

"Sometimes a group comes along that takes you by surprise and makes you wonder why you hadn't heard of them sooner. This reissue is one of those albums. On this album, Grady throws down a collection of high energy in your face blues rock anthems full of loud and proud slide guitar work and enough passion and energy to power a small city. Delivered with passion and fury, these songs hold true to blues traditions while also maintaining an aggressive edge that shows why the blues has been the roots of most types of heavy music over the past four or so decades. Added here are some never before released songs that add to the overall vibe of the album. Blues and blues rock are hard things to redefine but Grady's music may well be able to change what people think is possible within this still vital yet sometimes underappreciated genre. I'd never heard of Grady until shortly before I learned of this album; I now really want to see this band kick out the jams live."
- The Trouble With Normal



1. "Ride Like Hell" (4:46)
2. "Woman Got My Devil" (3:17)
3. "Jo Louis" (3:46)
4. "Three Minute Song" (2:44)
5. "Black or White" (4:28)
6. "Reach Out Yo Hand" (2:50)
7. "Tired All the Time" (5:14)
8. "Tommy Johnson" (4:22)
9. "Western Cowboy" (4:26)
10. "Hammer In My Hand" (4:32)
11. "Just About Sunshine" (4:00)
12. "Commit A Crime" (5:49)
13. "Gimme Back My Wig" (5:49)


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