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Saturday 29 February 2020

50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die - Your Favorite Fool

Marks of for spelling this week
This week's offering  is Your Favorite Fool by Rex Hobert and the Misery Boys which was their third album (I think) all of which were on the Bloodshot label. Your Favorite Fool's catalogue number is BS 094 if you are remotely interested although  I expect that it is just me. It was produced by Pete Anderson of Dwight Yoakam fame - again probably just me.

I'm pinching the following from a previous post -   they hail from Kansas City , Missouri and play  wonderful drink soaked and misery tinged honky tonk country music.
One reviewer accurately describes them as being in the beers and tears vein of classic country. go further: Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys fit in with the "alternative country" scene only to the extent that they're playing stuff no one looking for country & western airplay is going to bother with these days -- this isn't country-rock, this is old-school honky tonk music served straight up, with no chaser.
They are on Bloodshot, so they are Americana in my book. Plus, we love a bit of honky tonk round these parts.
In addition to Rex, the Misery Boys are  J.B. Morris (Lead Guitar), Solomon Hofer (Pedal Steel), Blackjack Snow (bass)  and T.C. Dobbs (drums).
They released a 4th album Empty House in 2004 and then there was a gap until 2015 when Long Shot of Hard Stuff was released on Little Class Records prior to being reissued by their spiritual home
As an added bonus the great Kelly Hogan ( their next-door neighbour on the Americana shelves) provides vocals on Golden Ring.
Don't say I'm not good to you.

Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys - Gotta Get Back to Forgetting You

Rex Hobbart & the Misery Boys with Kelly Hogan -Golden Ring


  1. I'm not at all sure that, using your definition, this is americana, it's country. Quality songs, does Golden Ring remind you of Long Black Veil (musically not lyrically)?

  2. Just checked my shelves, Hobart is also next to Hogan here.

  3. On the CC Americana shelves so meet the criteria for this series

  4. Replies
    1. I'm not going to win this one, am I?

    2. No
      There will be at least another two times when we have this debate

    3. and this two more times when you will be wrong! I've ordered today's album.