Spittin' at Life with the Crazed Cowboys
Country music to milk goats by. These fun big hats are
getting a rep for putting the owboy in cowboy music.
Luckily, I caught up with them in National Gallery of Art
(nah....) and we exchanged words.
Welcome to Hip Hop Country (RA)
[Ben] Thanks for the talk.
But I gotta know. Just why are all your cowboys crazed?
[George Lee Jr] I can't explain it, and neither can
the voices I hear inside my head. I'm completely sane, but
those cowboys are just Crazed, and have been since I first
landed here after naively being seduced and abducted by
space rodents on Jupiter.
[Ben] If you could change
country music today, dude, what besides Shania's body would
you dig up and reconstruct?
[Ben] You boys seem to be
of the FUN variety of countrytime music. Real Dukes of
Hazzard, Hee Haw raisin', Bill Hicks kinda guys.
[GLJ] Bill Hicks was awesome!! I'm more of
a Man From Uncle and Mighty Mouse guy as opposed to Hee Haw,
though. I also miss The Equalizer. Whatever happened to that
guy, and where is he when The Crazed Cowboys need him most?
Puttin' out the good word toward wayward Edward Woodward!
[Ben] What are you tryin'
to prove with your music and image?
[GLJ] Music can be fun AND good; some
intelligence and humor can be achieved if you're willing to
work a little, and the Beatles, Willie Nelson and The Band
were better than Garth Brooks could ever be.
[Ben] Or do y'all go home
and do Bach and smoke salmon?
[GLJ] I go home, listen to LUCKENBach, and
read Salmon Rushdie. A contrast...a dichotomy....a
conundrum, if you will, as it were, and so on...no one, I
think, is in my tree....that is, I think I disagree.
[Ben] What's it like to sit
around you all on a live gig night?
[GLJ] Have you ever pulled up alongside
one of those big farm trucks with the perforated sides,
and... "Phew!!"? Step on the gas, and wipe that tear away!
[Ben] How do you have fun
on stage and at the bar?
[GLJ] Onstage, we mainly like to ridicule
our lead guitarist, Lefty Z, and drummer, Crawdad Heck, as we
dodge audience-generated projectiles of varying size and
velocity. Our degree of enjoyment at the bar is in direct
proportion to the size of the tab that the management has
gracefully extended us....
[Ben] When music isn't
eating at your collective souls, what do the Cowboys do for
fun on the off hours?
[GLJ] I thought Collective Soul broke up!!
Actually, I primarily watch Dionne Warwick and that other
Jamaican Rasta-lady psychic on all-night cable infomercials.
She predicted my second wife would leave, FIVE YEARS AFTER
the fact. I'm hooked. I also have an exotic lint collection.
[Ben] And what's occupying
the current time of the Cowboys right now?
[GLJ] We just released our second CD,
titled 'Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Cowboy!' We had a blast
making that record; we even did a Crazed cover of the song
'If I Only Had A Brain,' from the Wizard Of Oz. The whole
album turned out great, he said, with all due modesty. Our
Crazed manager, Paula Bright, better known to us as Crazy
Miz B, has been doing a dynamite job promoting us on the
web, and we're getting great airplay. Our local gig schedule
is full, and things are looking good. We're hard at work on
Album 3 already. I just finished a dynamite cover of Mott
The Hoople's 'All The Way From Memphis.' Other than that,
you know: Same old same old.
[Ben] Career-wise, I mean.
[GLJ] Ohhhhhhhhhhh, career-wise....I plead
the Fifth, uh, Commandment.....
[Ben] Who are your
influences, both before you picked up the guitar and after?
[GLJ] The Beatles, pre-1986 George Strait,
Sean Connery, and those guys who rode up those ramps on
motorcycles with guitars on their backs in the movie Bye Bye
[Ben] Who would you kill or
seriously injure to perform with/open for?
[GLJ] Sammy Davis, Jr., of course...or
[Ben] Ever get the wild
urge to take The Sound of Music or some show and just
rewrite it into a hicksville production?
[GLJ] Funny you should ask. I've always
wanted to do a dead-on straight perfect version of the
original album Jesus Christ Superstar. I'd be Judas. I know,
I know -- he was a jerk and a turncoat, but HE GOT ALL THE
GOOD SONGS! (Actually, that's kind of how a BAND works, come
to think of it...) No joke -- the music on that original
album was fabulous. I'm not sure how the whole thing would
play at Set Um Ups in Wentzville, MO, though...we come close
enough to getting crucified as it is, for not playing enough
'Skynyrd' .....wouldn't want to set anybody off with the 39
lashes....Crawdad WOULD make a great Pontius Pilate, Bo
Fiddly could be a Roman, and we ALL KNOW who Lefty Z would
[Ben] Now that country and
rock are blending more and more every year, do you see
yourself varnishing closer to the mainstream?
[GLJ] You're right about that 'blending,'
although it smells a bit more like...'curdling.' To be
honest, our music is already pretty much an amalgam of our
favorite parts of every genre -- country, rock, pop, zydeco,
rockabilly, swing, hip hop,
everything-including-the-kitchen-sink --we just love
everything except 'new country,' whatever the heck that is.
[Ben] Or are you really
hoping to pan to the big hats for a while?
[GLJ] Nah, our music's for everybody.
We're egregious agrarian gregarious egalitarians, as well as
fomentors of antidisestablishmentarianism.
[Ben] Where can we all see
you folks perform anytime soon?
[GLJ] Musically? We're performing non-stop
in the St. Louis metro area for the next three months. We're
really looking forward to playing the Twangtown USA Music
Festival in Tennessee on Aug 4. Our complete gig schedule is
available at our web site: www.crazedcowboys.com. Our
trusty soundman Pecos Carmichael keeps the gig schedule up
to date at the site, and includes directions so that even WE
can find the gigs....
[Ben] Describe the best
fight that happened while you crazed people were playing.
[GLJ] With all due respect for the ladies,
(and I certainly do respect them, gentleman that I am)
nothing beats a good chick-fight. At our first gig as The
Crazed Cowboys, a nasty chick-fight broke out, with wigs
falling off and everything, and we knew we were on a cosmic
journey, blessed with a copious utopian cornucopia of Kowboy
[Ben] Any blood?
[GLJ] Thankfully, no. We're actually the
peaceful type, and wouldn't much enjoy that, except in
secret ritualistic meetings, of course. Even then, we only
purchase it at authorized, sanctioned web sites or flea
[Ben] What do you want on
[GLJ] I'm primarily a sausage man, though
I'm trying to expand my horizons as of late, and have
bravely ventured off into black olive territory once or
[Ben] Any last words?
[GLJ] Proboscis! Thanks for the interview.
It was a lot of fun. We appreciate what all of the
intelligent, creative people on the web are making possible
for indie artists like us. We love each and every person out
there who has taken an interest in the Crazed Cowboys'
Check out our web site at www.crazedcowboys.com if
you need a laugh and a pick-me-up via some good-time dance
music. 'George Strait Meets The Beatles Gone Country At A
Hip Hop Rave'---that's my description of your typical Crazed
Check out our new album 'Damn, It Feels Good To Be A
Cowboy!' if you want to see why that statement is true.
Be nice to other people whenever you can. Brush your
teeth twice a day, and watch those between-meal snackies!
Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me.
Thanks to every single Crazed Cowboys fan in the entire
world. Thanks to the indie DJs here and abroad who are
spinning the Crazed Cowboys. Get well, Alex. Crawdad: I need
my copy of 'The Great Escape' back if you're not going to
watch it. Hi, everybody at KFAV FM 99.9, Warrenton, Mo. Hi,
Jayne Voss. LR Meter Maid, may I inquire discreetly: When
are you free to take some tea with me? Hi, mom! xoxoxo,
Peace, over and out, Time To Say Goodbye.....
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