October 26th, 2006 by Russ
Founded twelve years ago at a booze and hallucinogen-fueled party at the Dabbs Hotel along the river in Llano, Texas, the Asylum Street Spankers stand as one of America’s most distinctive groups. Defiantly acoustic, fiercely independent and absurdly good, the Spankers have been led by founders Christina Marrs and Wammo from being a country-blues revival act playing happy hours in Austin, through nearly 40 musicians, endless touring and constant evolution to being an internationally reknowned underground institution. Fueled by an ethos born of their punk roots, Marrs and Wammo have built their lives around making unique music that surprises and entertains.
“The decade-old band is a roots-rock riddle, nestled in a satirical Vaudeville enigma, packaged in an old-timey radio-show puzzle and slathered with hippie-fied mystery sauce.” – Tampa Weekly Planet
“…inspired, lunatic brilliance.!” – Richard Skanse, Rolling Stone
“…positively awe inspiring.!” – Chris Davis, The Memphis Flyer
“…musically inventive, terrific and simply brilliant!” – The Berkshire Eagle
“…a national treasure!” – Jazz Review