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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]