once noted, “Being a writer and a Texan is an amusing fate, one that gets funnier as one’s sense of humor darkens. In times like these, it borders on the macabre.”
McMurtry wrote those words in the late Sixties, but he could have been speaking for the Austin Lounge Lizards decades later. Based in Austin, Texas, the Lizards have delighted audiences from California to Canada to the United Kingdom with their original style of satirical folk, country and bluegrass. Trademarks of a Lizards song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke fun at politics, love, religion and the culture in general. Combined with precise four-part vocal harmonies and instrumental mastery, the band’s songs are melodically infectious and inventive.
Given their eclecticism and natural irreverence, it’s no surprise that the group counts among its influences Frank Zappa, George Jones, Spike Jones (no relation), Flatt & Scruggs, Tom Lehrer and Steve Goodman. Album, song, and DVD titles such as “Creatures from the Black Saloon,” “Paint Me on Velvet,” “Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers On Drugs,” “Jesus Loves Me (But He Can’t Stand You)” and “Thirty Years of Lost Luggage” illustrate the Lizards’ love of wordplay and social commentary.