The debut album from Li'l Buck that began the journey for the legendary band who would become Lazarus Moan.
Dedicated to Ian Stephens, 1954-1996.
BAND BIO AND PRESS :
Lazarus Moan is a 4-piece musical wonder with great songs, peerless musicianship and a noteworthy track record. Founded in the late 90's as Lil' Buck by singer/songwriter Mark Goodwin, keyboard man, Bobby Stagg, drummer R.D. Harris and bassist, Stuart Patterson, they set out to play "roots rock" with a twist, while leaving plenty of room for the unexpected. With influences ranging from Gram Parsons through NRBQ and various punk rock and psychedelic filters, they spent their formative years in Montreal cooking up a catalog of material that was as powerful musically as it was dark and evocative lyrically. Within a short period of time they had several recordings under their collective belts as Li'l Buck ('Sometimes Nothing is a Real Cool Hand' and 'Soon') and busied themselves with numerous local gigs as well as travelling back and forth to southwestern Ontario and Vermont.
In 2000, following the departure of Bob Stagg and vocalist Jenny Gilbert, the band decided to mine an already present vein of alt-rock in their music and invited guitarist Ron Stutz into the fold. With the line-up change and aesthetic shift, they decided that a name change was also in order and became Lazarus Moan. As well as being consummate tunesmiths, the group are also known as one of the best "back up" bands for such talents as Mack Mackenzie (3 O'Clock Train) and the late Ian Stephens.
In addition Goodwin has produced (and the band has provided their playing skills on) recordings by the Blue Seeds, Little Birdie (Orit Shimoni), The Jimmyriggers, and most recently The Diamond Roads.
Buzz about Li’l Buck's "Sometimes Nothing Is a Real Cool Hand:"
- "Li’l buck moves up another notch...deliver the goods as advertised."
*Lenny Stoute, Toronto Star
- "The terrific Li’l Buck."
*Allan Nestor, Globe and Mail
- Doin’ a damn fine job of crafting honest earthy music...the time many be right for Li’l Buck to conquer the universe."
*Ben Rayner, Ottawa Sun
- "Dans la grande tradition de Neil Young, Cohen et The Band, un nouveau groupe Li’l Buck est le secret le mieux garde et ce de Halifax a Vancover. "
*Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir
released August 20, 1997
Mark Goodwin - Vox, guitars, mandolin
Jenny Gilbert - Backing vox
R.D. Harris - Drums, percussion
Stuart Patterson - Basses
Bob Stagg - Piano, organ, accordion
Rick Haworth - Pedal steel, lap steel, harmonica
Lyrics by Mark Goodwin
Recorded and mixed by Robert Heaney
all rights reserved