Maines Brothers portrait Not everyone in the The Maines Brothers Band is a Maines sibling, but those that are include steel player Lloyd Maines, father of Dixie Chicks superstar lead singer Natalie Maines, and three of her uncles, all Lubbock, Texas-area natives who'd all been playing since they were kids, and who have a funky, low-rent vibe that's kind of fun to hear in a mainstream country album. Still, their rough-cut vocals and dips into boogie-rock and Texas bar-band party music (as well as plenty of true twang) weren't exactly a recipe for success in the glossy '80s Nashville scene. They grazed the back end of the Top 100, and pushed even harder on their next album, but the effort to get all Alabama/Bellamy Brothers-ed up wasn't quite going to work for these Lone Star locals... After their major-label fling, they kept playing together and recording indie albums, but Lloyd concentrated more and more on playing steel on other people's albums and became one of the best and most sought-after producers in the burgeoning indie-Americana scene. Oh, and probably cheering Natalie on, as well.

Discography - Best-Ofs

The Maines Brothers Band "Amarillo Highway" (Country Road, 1981) (LP)
A collection of material from their first two albums...

Discography - Albums

The Maines Brothers Band "...And Friends" (Texas Soul, 1978) (LP)

The Maines Brothers Band "Route 1, Acuff" (Texas Soul, 1980) (LP)

The Maines Brothers Band "Hub City Moan" (Texas Soul, 1981) (LP)

The Maines Brothers Band "Panhandle Dancer" (Texas Soul, 1982) (LP)

The Maines Brothers Band "High Rollin' " (Mercury, 1984) (LP)
(Produced by Jerry Kennedy & Rick Peoples)

An uneven but earnest album from this long-lived regional band from the Texas Panhandle... One highlight here is their version of Terry Allen's "Amarillo Highway," a song that had been in their repertoire for years... Always a winner!

The Maines Brothers Band "The Boys Are Back In Town" (Mercury, 1985) (LP)
(Produced by Jerry Kennedy & Rick Peoples)

In all honesty, this is a pretty awful record... Hearing these rugged, roughnecked, Lone Star good ol' boys try and squeeze themselves into the '80s pop-country format is pretty painful. They seem to be shooting for a sort of Hank Jr. rowdy sound, but it just sounds forced and desperate, and besides their vocals aren't very good, at least not in a Top 40 framework. A couple of tracks are okay from a true-twang perspective, but mostly this is a big misfire. Some nice pedal steel by Lloyd Maines and some groovy Doug Kerhsaw-ish fiddling, but that's not enough to redeem this one... This just wasn't working for them.

The Maines Brothers Band "Red, Hot And Blue" (Texas Soul, 1987) (LP)

The Maines Brothers Band "Windstorm" (Texas Soul, 1990) (LP)


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