Here’s an article about “That’s Nats” by
season is over, here's your crucial "That's Nats"
update. Honky Tonk Confidential (or
"I actually thought there'd be more of a fuss about it when we put it out," admitted guitarist Diana Quinn. "I was daydreaming about playing during the 7th inning stretch, stuff like that."
They haven't even been invited to sing the National Anthem yet, although they'd love to do it. Actually, I would have thought a country-music outfit touting a Nats song inspired by John Fogerty's "Centerfield" would indeed have received a surge of attention when it was released last year. So....
"Well, no," Diana said. "Maybe it's a slow moving groundswell."
"Not much seemed to happen and we said, 'Oh well,'" summarized lead guitarist Mike Woods. "Now we're on the lookout for something else to write about."
"That's Nats" certainly never reached the level of popularity of one of their best known tunes, "Your Trailer or Mine." Really. Neither did it get the national acclaim of Diana's "Nolan Ryan's Fastball," which is being played across the country as part of an orchestral baseball program. Really. Also, if you go listen to "That's Nats" here you can see a graphic of a baseball surrounded by what I presume are gnats. Really.
important thing about "That's Nats" is
this: I asked Mike and Diana about the lyrics, which were written last
year and celebrate baseball's return to D.C., and whether they weren't
a bit dated, and whether
"You're right, you're absolutely right," Diana said. "And we can do that easily, too."
Diana would like to invite Bog readers to e-mail her with lyrical suggestions. The original lyrics are below:
Well what's that noise I hear from RFK? (That's Nats.)
dogs and fries all afternoon. (That's Nats.)
red and white and blue. (That's Nats.)
“Who Gets the Fruitcake This Year” Washington Post review
Honky Tonk Confidential, the multiple Wammie winner, rounds up some old recordings and new ones on this cheery compilation, then caps it off by toasting Buck Owens, courtesy of "Blue Christmas Lights." A fitting coda, too, for like Owens, Honky Tonk Confidential can turn even a lonesome lament into a reason to smile. Besides, it's hard to resist a band that rhymes "Hanukkah" with "harmonica" and offers a surf guitar arrangement of "O Come O Come Emmanuel."
REVIEWS OF YOUR TRAILER OR MINE?
"The songwriting by Geff King, Diana Quinn and Mike Woods is sharp and often funny. King...deserves extra credit for penning several standout pieces, including 'Pee Wee's Gone,' which chronicles a scandalous chapter in Pee Wee Herman's career, and 'Check-Out Time,' a noir-ish intrigue without an ending. What isn't a mystery is the band's low regard for New Country sounds. Just give a listen to 'Cowboy, Whatcha Got on Me?' and 'Hit with a Bullet.'... The music, too, celebrates vintage jukebox sounds, with smooth three-part harmonies, a blend of twangy and gliding guitar tones produced by Woods and pedal steel player Bobby Martin, and drummer Dave Elliott's sure-footed motion... "
Mike Joyce, The
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review at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2587-2001Dec6.html
"Propelled by Bobby Martin's dreamy pedal steel guitar and Mike Woods' appropriately twangy Telecaster, not to mention the seamless three-part harmony created by Woods along with guitarist Diana Quinn and bassist Geff King, this band would have sounded right at home on the Grand Ole Opry stage, circa 1965."
-- Lou King, The Journal Newspapers
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"Among the funniest selections on the CD are "Pee Wee's Gone," a tribute
to the Sarasota, Fla., movie house
"Honky Tonk Confidential kicks
ass. Their new record, 'Your Trailer Or Mine?' has swinging
rhythms, pretty harmonies, witty writing and nice steel guitar.
On top of that, Geff
King has composed an instant classic called "Check-Out Time" that gives
me goosebumps. Tom T. Hall would be
proud to have written it. Highly recommended for folks who like
country music. -- Carl Zimring, "Fear & Whiskey," WRCT, Pittsburgh PA
"Only occasionally does a CD come along where every cut is a winer,and very
airworthy/ This, most certainly, is one of
--Thomas Greener KVMR,
"It swings, it rocks, it sounds
like it came straight out of the
"I don't hear no dogs barkin' on "Your Trailer or Mine" but there is
sure plenty that stirs up the honky tonk
part of me. I am so glad there are bands like Honky Tonk Confidential around to help folks remember
how country music did and still can sound. Full of heart and
twang, and tons of grinning foaming-glass fun, your music will be a joy
to play on "Americana Backroads."
-- Rik James, "American Backroads," KGLT,
"Hi Diana...greetings from Nelson New Zealand. Thank you
very much for taking the time to send me a copy of
"What do you think of when someone says Washington DC? Monica
and Bill, Dubya or honky tonk music? SAY WHAT *&^)#%+!
You heard me, honky tonk music. Some of
you beyond the boomer group may remember that DC was a hotbed of
bluegrass and country music many years ago. Today, I'm proud to report
that honky tonk is alive and well inside
and outside the Beltway and thanks to the new release from Honky Tonk Confidential aka
"I pull no punches so I'll say straight up that I love honky tonk music, particularly pure, unadulterated
tunes about loving, drinking, cheating and rednecks. As hard as it is
to find on country radio these days, you'd think it had disappeared
from the face of the earth but with the release of "Your Trailer or
Mine", make no mistake, it's here and just maybe, better than ever.
"'Your Trailer or Mine' is a treasure trove of superb
tunes, great picking and voices that work together to bring it all
home. From the opening strains of "It Still Hurts" you know exactly
what you're getting, 16 songs that won't have you hitting the skip
button to try and find a decent tune.
There's no filler here and considering the fact that
--Bill Hughes, Twangcast www.twangcast.com
"This is profesional music that shows that you folks really
love tradition and make this tradition sound fresh and new. Real
country sounds, great singing, strong arrangements, intelligent lyrics
and a clean production make this cd
something that many of today's so-called "stars" should sit down to
listen to -and learn from-.Great effort and I hope it pays back. Once
again, thanks for your time, help and support and keep it country!
"Just a line to let you know I got your excellent CD. My kind of music -- guaranteed airplay!! Thanx....
-- Billy Lee, NEAR FM, Dublin Ireland
-- Art Kneeland, WCNL, Moosup CT
-- Krista Hale, The Music Loft, Arlington, VA
The second CD by
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OF OUR FIRST ALBUM, EPONYMOUSLY TITLED
"The entire album could serve as a crash course in, to quote their
motto, 'The way country music spoze to
"The ...cd consists entirely of original
material that sounds as if it could have been recorded decades ago by
the likes of Bob Wills or Patsy
"It's hard to point to any particular stand-out moments on this CD
because there are just so many of them, wheher
it be the fine Telecaster
deep, Tubb-like vocals of Mike Woods, the
reverb-laden pedal steel, the playfully dulcet crooning of Diana Quinn,
"Quinn mines heartache like a honky tonk habitue and
finds plenty of sympathetic support from her bandmates...What's
more, most of the
by Quinn, King and Woods...remind us that in some circles at least,
honky tonk's neon lights are still shining
"Quinn and the boys knocked out a nice little survey course in country
music history with...reverent interpretations of Wanda Jackson, Bob
Wills and Johnny Cash, along with originals that
sounded as if they were written two or three decades ago."
"Anything on this album beats listening to the radio by a country
Honky Tonk Confidential/Ghost Rockets/Elena Skye
& the Demolition String Band
"The evening's most unadulterated twang was provided
by the four men and one woman of Honky Tonk
Confidential. Carried by
Quinn and the boys knocked out a nice little survey course in country
music history with songs such as Jim Ed Brown's bouncy
Best of the originals included Down in Washington,
a honky-tonkified look at the state
of the union, the swingin' feel of
Here's a review of the same
show by Ted Samsel:
With three lead singers who can write songs and a master of the double
neck pedal steel,
CD REVIEW by Miles D. Moore on
But in any case, they're all great, and they also write their own
songs--all 13 numbers on their eponymous debut CD are originals,
In an age when Garth, Shania and LeAnn rule the airwaves, Honky Tonk Confidential harks back to a time when the
More reviewes on
If you're tired of the same old mindless,
pap that passes for country music these days, try this CD. With
ironic, even sardonic--and equally impressive
musical talent, this band has it all. Ms. Quinn's superlative vocals
mind a diva
who's lived beneath herself for many years and has seen almost more
than her huge, classic voice can stand. This CD bears up
under scrutiny time
after time! –