Gourds on Hiatus

After 19 years together, The Gourds recently made the decision that they will be taking a hiatus. While it is unclear how long the break will last, you can expect band members to continue recording & performing with their various side projects during this time. The Gourds end their year with a show October 27th […]


for an up to date list of current screenings click here December 12, 2013 – Fort Lewis College/Durango, Colorado November 16, 2013 – Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival/Portland, Oregon November 13, 2013 – Brooklyn Heights Cinema/Brooklyn, New York November 8, 2013 – Houston Cinema Arts Festival/Houston, Texas October 19, 2013 – Flatland Film Festival/Lubbock, Texas October 11, […]

Enter to win 2 Free Tickets to the Long Center this Friday, August 30th!

Join the Gourds at The Long Center to say goodbye to the summer! Friday, August 30th at 9pm with Union Specific starting at 8pm This Labor Day Weekend series of electric concerts in Dell Hall has an added twist: both the artists AND the audience will get to rock out together on stage! We are giving […]

The Long Center’s SO LONG TO SUMMER!

Three days of concerts in Dell Hall where both the artists AND the audience get to rock out together on the Meredith Family Stage! See the Gourds perform on August 30th, 2013 at 8pm Get advanced tickets here!

The Gourds are heading East!

Date City Venue 05/04/12 Hot Springs, NC French Broad River Festival 05/05/12 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 05/06/12 Charleston, SC The Pour House 05/07/12 Myrtle Beach, SC The Boathouse 05/09/12 Falls Church, VA State Theatre 05/10/12 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater 05/11/12 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle 05/12/12 Beaufort, NC Beaufort Music Festival Click here for more […]

Christmas Discounts

The store will be closing for the holidays on December 16th. Please place your orders by midnight on December 15th for Christmas delivery! Any orders placed after December 15th will ship out on December 29-30th. As a gift from us to you we’re discounting all of our shirts 15%! Happy Holidays Ya’ll!

Don’t Miss the Gourds opening for Bruce and Kelly!

KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON HOLIDAY SHOW WITH THE GOURDS Saturday, December 10th Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm The Paramount Theatre  Purchase Tickets Online Or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone. Get Premium Tickets The best seats go to donors. Make a donation today for access to great seats. Click here for details. […]

Texas Monthly Review

For well over a decade, the Gourds have made a career out of confounding expectations. Their backwoods appearance and down-and-dirty roots grooves suggest just another redneck party band, but beer-drinking and hell-raising don’t begin to cover all they do. Fronted by oil-and-vinegar singer-songwriters Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith, the band churns out songs of surprising variety, some […]

NYT Texas Edition Live Pick – Beaumont!

The Gourds are the national band of Austin. Their junkyard sound crisscrosses the roots-music spectrum with a whacked-out, independent spirit. For their 10th studio album, “Old Mad Joy,” the fivesome recorded in Woodstock, N.Y., relinquishing production duties to Larry Campbell, an associate of Bob Dylan and Levon Helm. What you get is vintage Gourds with […]

Modern Drummer – Keith Langford!

Hello, MD! It’s Keith Langford here from the Gourds in Austin, Texas. I’m writing to tell about my recent experience recording at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, a.k.a. the Barn. The Gourds have been churning through the Americana music world since the early ’90s, with ten records under our belt. It’s impossible to […]

Statesman – The Gourds discover new joy in recording “Old Mad Joy”

Songwriters Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith of Austin band the Gourds weren’t on the same page when they started talking about recording a new album. Russell wanted to leave Texas — and all the distractions of everyday life — and work with an outside producer. “I felt we kept making the same record,” Russell says […]

Billboard Backbeat: The Gourds Celebrate Vanguard Records Debut Album At L.A. Release Party

“This is the biggest night of our career,” Gourds accordionist/keyboardist Claude Bernard joked early on during the alt-country band’s album release party at Los Angeles’ Echo on Sept. 13. But the ear-to-ear smiles on concertgoers’ faces at the 350-capacity venue proved that it was an evening to remember. The Austin-based group was in high spirits […]

Canada East Review of Old Mad Joy

The Gourds’ major-label debut Old Mad Joy is career fruition for these veteran Austin, Texas alternative country rockers. Guitarist Kevin Russell and bassist Jimmy Smith split compositions and lead vocals down the middle. This hallmark of two distinctive and capable frontmen and singers has always given The Gourds a rich double-pronged attack. Claude Bernard (keys), […]

Blurt Reviews Old Mad Joy

It seems somewhat surprising, but even at this point in their trajectory, with so many fine albums behind them, the Gourds remain relatively unknown. A sturdy roots rock combo, they have a lot of elements in their favor – a steady sense of song craft, an able instrumental arsenal and, perhaps most importantly, a willingness […]

Good Day Austin

Austin Rockin’ August 5 Margaret Moser with the Austin Chronicle spoke to Good Day about her favorite music events of the weekend.