Poor Little Knitter on the Road: A Tribute to the Knitters

Poor Little Knitter on the Road: A Tribute to the Knitters


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When X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka stepped out as the Knitters to explore their interest in country music, their efforts indirectly spawned the No Depression movement -- essentially, the group's lone album, 1985's Poor Little Critter on the Road, signified punk's return to its musical roots a half-decade before bands like Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks made such a move a genre unto itself. Poor Little Knitter on the Road celebrates the original album in style, assembling a dozen contemporary alt-country bands to re-create the record in its original running order; there's even a previously unreleased Knitters leftover, "Why Don't We Try Anymore," tacked on at the end for good measure. Without a vast catalog of songs to draw from, the disc is far more consistent and focused than the standard tribute record, highlighted by pairings like Kelly Hogan and the Rock*A*Teens' scorching collaboration on "Someone Like You" and the Sadies' take on "Walkin' Cane," featuring Freakwater's Catherine Irwin; the Old 97s' "Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away" even sports vocals from John Doe himself, guaranteeing -- in true country music tradition -- that the circle remains unbroken.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1999
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302005225
catalogNumber: 20052
Rank: 100748


  1. Poor Little Critter on the Road
  2. Someone Like You
  3. Walkin' Cane
  4. Silver Wings
  5. Poor Old Heartsick Me
  6. The New World
  7. Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away
  8. Love Shack
  9. The Call of the Wreckin' Ball
  10. Trail of Time
  11. Baby out of Jail
  12. Rock Island Line
  13. Why Don't We Try Anymore

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Exene Cervenka   Vocals
John Doe   Vocals
Knitters   Track Performer
Paul K.   national steel guitar
Ed Black   Pedal Steel Guitar
Todd Butler   Steel Guitar
Sean Dean   Bass,Standup Bass
Kelly Hogan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lorne Rall   Bass
Vincent Martini   Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Whiskeytown   Track Performer
Don Bonebrake   Drums
Mike Daly   Dulcimer,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Kim Williams   Bass,Vocals
Robbie Fulks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Handsome Family   Track Performer
Rhett Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Trailer Bride   Track Performer
Willie Wall   Guitar
Ryan Adams   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron
Murry Hammond   Bass,Vocals
Devil in a Woodpile   Track Performer
Catherine Irwin   Vocals
Ken Bethea   Guitar,Accordion
Philip Peeples   Drums
Melissa Swingle   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Johnny Ray Bartel   Upright Bass
Jon Rauhouse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gina Black   Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
James Emmenegger   Drums
Dallas Good   Guitar,Vocals
Travis Good   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Ninety Nine Tales   Track Performer
Anna Fermin   Vocals
Nora O'Connor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mike Bulington   Drums
Tom V. Ray   Standup Bass
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry   Bass Drums,Vocals,Harmonia
Brad Goolsby   Drums
Scott Goolsby   Guitar
Daryl White   Bass,Standup Bass
George Goehl   Banjo,Guitar,Soloist
Sean Schroeder   Guitar
Mike Belitsky   Drums
Danny Black   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Alvin   Composer
John Doe   Composer
Steve Albini   Engineer
David Domanich   Producer
Rob Gal   Producer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Rob Miller   Liner Notes
Mark Schwarz   Producer
Old 97's   Producer
Helen Carter   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Trailer Bride   Producer
Scott Ramsayer   Engineer
Alan Weatherhead   Producer
Caitlin Cary   Hook
Dan Massey   Contributor
Kevin McDonough   Producer
Danny Black   Producer

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