Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Waco Brothers, Sally Timms & Robbie Fulks
Participate in A Big Brain Benefit for Diane Izzo
Sunday, November 9th

Diane Izzo, heard on the Pine Valley Cosmonaut's Executioner's Last Songs releases, was diagnosed with a brain tumour several months ago. She has no health insurance and very little money and is currently trying to cope with preparing for her operation and filling in a million forms for financial aid etc. Not everything is covered by New Mexico's Medicaid Program and she's also been trying to make music to get through this difficult time. Help us support Diane by coming along to the Benefit Show on November 9th, monies raised will be used to help her continue making music and paying medical bills.

The Waco Brothers, formed by Jon Langford of the Mekons, grew out of Langford's wish to play more country-influenced music as the Mekons concentrated more on a punk sound. Many of the members also participate in Langford's Pine Valley Cosmonauts project.Their latest album, Waco Express: Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern is a concert recording which Ken Tucker, the pop music critic for NPR's Fresh Air and Editor-at-Large at Entertainment Weekly, described as "country as it should be written and played, with a long memory for roadhouse honky-tonks rather than TV-ready music videos."

Sally Timms is best known for her long involvement with the Mekons whom she joined in 1985. Prior to joining the Mekons she was in a band called the She Hees. She has released several other solo CDs, Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat in 1988, To the Land of Milk and Honey in 1995, and a country album, Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos, for Bloodshot Records in 1998. Her latest solo recording "In the World of Him" was released in 2004.

Robbie Fulks is an American alternative country artist known for his disdain of mainstream modern country and the country music industry, as exemplified by his scorching rebuke of Nashville titled "Fuck This Town." His live performances feature improvised rearrangments of his original songs, off-the-cuff musical humor, and covers of songs by Michael Jackson and Cher, among others. As a songwriter Fulks is difficult to pigeonhole. Many of his compositions are silly, funny or spoof songs, while others are serious country songs.

A Big Brain Benefit for Diane Izzo
Sunday November 9, 2008 at 7:00PM
School of the Art Institute Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Ave – Chicago, IL
Califone, Waco Brothers w/ Sally Timms, Robbie Fulks, Vernon Tonges, and Beau O'Reilly and the Crooked Mouth String Band
Tickets: $20
Benefit Information: (773) 508-0666

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