Christina Marrs on Folk & Beyond
Christina Marrs of the Asylum Street Spankers
on Folk & Beyond
hosted by Aer Stephen
Thursday, February 9, 5-6PM
Host Aer Stephen catches up with the queen of the
Asylum Street Spankers
Christina Marrs, for more Spanker Madness and an update on the Re-Assembly Tour that will be making a stop in Charlottesville at the Gravity Lounge on Friday, February 17. Guy Forsyth, a founding member along with Christina and Wammo, reunites with the band on this tour to promote the new 10th Anniversary DVD, Re-Assembly.
The magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers began in 1994 at a booze and hallucinogen-fueled party at the Dabbs Hotel in Llano, Texas. There Christina Marrs and Guy Forsyth met Wammo. During a night spent singing and playing along the banks of the Llano River they made a pact to keep the all-night-sing-along-anything-goes spirit of that party alive. Upon returning to Austin, they gathered a few like-minded pals and began playing free shows at clubs and busking on the Guadalupe Street Drag. (Guadalupe was known as Asylum Street because it led to the state, um, hospital. A Spanker is someone who can play their instrument vigorously and proficiently, uh, yeah.)
Within a year they conquered Austin, playing three SRO weekly residencies, including the city's original Gospel Brunch at La Zona Rosa. With the departure of Forsyth in 1998 the band began venturing out into the wider world. Since then, Christina and Wammo have pushed their ever-evolving troupe from simple country-blues revivalism toward smart, challenging music of boundless variety, sophisticated arrangements, stunning showmanship and determined inventiveness.
Founding their own label, Spanks-a-Lot Records in 1999, the band has built an international audience without the aid of the corporate music industry. Continuing to tour throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, the Spankers are now a world-renowned underground institution and one of the planet's most distinctive musical acts.