In 2011-2012, High Plains Films was fortunate to connect with Austin, Texas roots-rock/alt-country legends, The Gourds, and document their music in a hybrid performance film/music documentary, ALL THE LABOR. The feature documentary that resulted from that effort premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. High Plains Films released an official soundtrack to the feature documentary, which is also The Gourds’ first career-spanning release and the band’s first live record, with 18 new and unreleased tracks culled from more than a dozen live performances recorded for the film.
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“There’s a great live version of ‘Goodnight Irene’ by Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars where they play to a murmuring New Year’s Eve crowd in New York City, 1977. The recording is sharp and the audience’s exhilaration palpable. It feels like everybody’s happy and in love and maybe drunk and probably a little delirious. This is exactly the kind of spirit and depth that makes the live songs on The Gourds’ ALL THE LABOR so magnetic. As the Austin, Texas, band kicks out Southern alt-folk and rock tunes, unbridled woots and whistles from fans fill the lulls. You feel like you’re there.” Missoula Independent