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Monroe & The Broken Saucers

On one chilly September evening, in Twenty-Nine Palms, California, Monroe Gibson and Rustie Steele (AKA William Barnes) sat up all night playing music on the patio of the Joshua Tree Inn. Sometime between the multiple trips down the street to the lone Quickie Mart in that sleepy little town a great big neon sign reading only "Jesus" appeared across the highway. The two took the apparition as a sign that they were to return to Alabama and start a jam-grass tent-revival/traveling-revue dedicated to all things western, timeless, and neon.

As the sun rose over the Mojave desert, Rustie & Monroe embarked on a journey to Cap Rock inside the Joshua Tree National Park to the site of the infamous cremation of one of their favorite musical influences, the incomparable Gram Parsons. Later that very day, while trying to visit the unfortunately-closed "World Famous Crochet Museum", the duo stumbled into the Joshua Tree Saloon and settled for some chili dogs and a couple of cold PBR's. In the ensuing hours, the origins of the Broken Saucers started to come into focus. (Well, focus is a relative term that seldom collides with these two tumbling troubadours).

Driving back through the desert to Los Angeles, the two misfits became more and more convinced that what the world really needed was a healthy dose of some Good Old Traditional Whiskey-Drenched Cosmically Funky Alternative Country music. During a particularly unruly breakfast episode in an unsuspecting Denny's (there is hardly a Waffle House to be found in Southern California), the hazy plan was solidified over a half-eaten Grand Slam: The Broken Saucers had to make a record.

Upon their return to the deep soulful South, Rustie and Monroe assembled the finest cast of musicians, friends, derelicts, ruffians, and compatriots they could find to bring to life this uniquely-special, if somewhat bleary-eyed, vision of Southern, saloony, sardonic symphonic-sustenance. We hope you dig listening to it as much as we dug making it.


M. Monroe Gibson- Vocals, Guitar
William Barnes- Accoustic & Electric Guitar, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Mandolin
Mark Raudabaugh- Drums & Percussion
Andrew Altman- Upright and Electric Bass
Zeb Bowles- Fiddle
Matthew Dutot Slocum- Piano, Organ and Wurlitzer
Kendra Sutton- Vocals
Jason Bailey- Mandolin
Dave P. Moore- Harmonica
Mike Creager- Harmony Vocals
Noel Johnson- Harmony Vocals
William Barnes- Harmony Vocals
Herb Trotman- Banjo
Stuart McNair- Accordion
Milo Phillips- Didgeridoo
Sue Nuckles- Fiddle

Source: CD Baby

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