Raceday Promotions Ltd.

October 08, 2009 18:40 ET

Just When You Thought Grady Is as Good as Dead

Gordie Johnson is back, kickin' & howlin' all the way

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - On October 20, 2009, from the shimmering heat of the Texas hill country comes Good As Dead the fourth release from Grady, the anointed kings of cowboy metal. Gordie 'Grady' Johnson (whose credits include Big Sugar, Gov't Mule, Nashville Pussy, Taj Mahal, and string of hit singles for Canadian artists Joel Plaskett, The Trews, The Respectables) is joined by 'Big' Ben Richardson on bass and Nina 'the Queena' Singh on drums. Gordie also produced Good As Dead which perfectly captures the wall of sound that has made Grady a favourite among smoky, beer stained bars across Canada and Austin's Red River underground scene yet it is their most texturally intriguing record to date.

Gordie Johnson explains, "This record really is the byproduct of the musical environment we live in. Cowboys, metalheads, rednecks and punk rockers all congregate around us. Someone actually described us as 'shredneck' which of course brought gales of laughter."

Good As Dead includes the highly volatile remake of the Tragically Hip's "Boots or Hearts", the debut single "Whatchewdid" plus nine other tales of tejano hallucinations, truck drivers, cattle barons, saints and sinners. Grady even makes a burnt offering of the Texas outlaw anthem "Whiskey River" - a Willie Nelson staple and Johnny Bush classic. Appropriately, the album was recorded and mixed over three weeks at Willie's Pedernales Studio in Spicewood, TX.

You may catch a faint whiff of steel guitar in "Alberta Bones" featuring Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers on guest vocals. The accordion wafts above the din of metal on metal in "If I Was King". Vocal contributions of Big Ben and Nina also provide a little salt and lime to go with Gordie's tequila howl.

"Grady is renowned for amazing live shows and this album is the one that completely captures the band," says Shannon Martin of C12 Records. "At their live shows, I'll look around me and all the dudes in the Anvil, Supersuckers and Sepultura t-shirts have their jaws hanging open and pounding their fists in the air. Devil horns all around."

A sound that could only come out of Austin, TX, Good As Dead hits Canadian retail and online October 20, 2009 courtesy of C12 Records. Across Canada tour dates start now!

Oct. 08: Nanaimo, BC @ Queens Hotel
Oct. 09: Courtenay, BC @ Avalanche Bar & Grill
Oct. 10: Tofino, BC @ Tofino Legion
Oct. 11: Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
Oct. 14: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Oct. 15: Jasper, AB @ Athabasca Hotel
Oct. 16: Whitecourt, AB @ Eagle River Casino
Oct. 17: Calgary, AB @ Hi-Fi Club
Oct. 18: Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel
Oct. 20: Grande Prairie, AB @ Better Than Fred's
Oct. 21: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop (w. Domenica)
Oct. 22: Regina, SK @ The Distrikt (w. Domenica)
Oct. 23: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret (w. Domenica)
Oct. 24: Thunder Bay, ON @ Jacks (w. Domenica)
Oct. 25: Sault Saint Marie, ON @ Canadian Nightclub (w. Domenica)
Oct. 29: Peterborough, ON @ Montreal House (w. Domenica)
Oct. 30: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks (w. Domenica)
Oct. 31: Kingston, ON @ Merchant Tap House (w. Domenica)
Nov. 02: Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Musse Juste Pour Rire
Nov. 03: Barrie, ON @ Mansion House
Nov. 05: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Nov. 07: Tillsonburg, ON @ Norma Jeans 2
Nov. 11: Charlottetown, PEI @ Hunters Ale House
Nov. 12: Fredericton, NB @ Nicky Zee's
Nov. 13: Moncton, NB @ Manhattan Club
Nov. 14: Halifax, NS @ Coconut Grove

Additional dates are being scheduled so check out ShadyGrady.net for updates!

Grady site: http://www.shadygrady.net

C12 site: http://www.C12Records.com

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