So far as we recall, there were only three discs by the Carpetbaggers, an awesome trio from Edina whose music fell somewhere in that sweet spot between honky tonk and rockabilly. We were fortunate enough to see ’em play a couple times — they were just as good live as they are on record.
But the sad part is that we loaned two of the discs to someone years ago, and only noticed they were gone this morning when we went to hear their hilarious parody of John Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.” The only disc we have left is their first, Country Miles Apart.
At least this one has some of our favorite song by the Carpetbaggers, especially “Always A Pallbearer,” which was an original by Jim Magnuson. The best songs on their discs were the originals.
Not sure where these fellas are today, but there are at least a couple fans of their music still around — and there’s an old friend whose going to get a call today about a couple CDs they borrowed ages ago.
If you like this song, you can see a couple awesome performances on Youtube — “Sober Again” and this song from a 1997 in-store at Garage D’or, the legendary record shop which was on Nicollet Avenue (one of us was there that day!). They were a great band who would probably be a huge hit in the local country/roots scene today.