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14th & Nowhere... Reviews

Pat Todd, from the legendary Lazy Cowgirls, has unleashed a fifteen track wrecking ball of rock ‘n’ roll upon the world. This is the third offering from Todd and his Rankoutsiders, and these grooves are as raw, dirty, and driving as ever. Thunder drums kick out from under broken bottle guitars, and the vocals snarl and sneer in pure rockin’ joy. Hints of the Ramones and the Rolling Stones, alongside, of course, them Lazy Cowgirls, fill out the tracks, but the sleazy swinging and smoke stained street smart songs remain purely Pat Todd. This is one of those albums that should be in the curriculum of every so-called “School of Rock”, because if you don’t know these songs, you should. (www.rankoutsiderrecords.com)
Jack Rabid - The Big Takeover (Dec 1, 2013)
Does the name Pat Todd ring a bell with you?? Well it should Pats old band the Lazy Cowgirls were one of So.Cals essential rock n roll acts form 1984 through about 2004. How It Looks -How It ,remains a staple in my steady diet of rocking CD's.Not one to rest on past glories and the admiration of his peers Pat Todd had kept churning out great records. Records that will stand the test of time and trends.14th & Nowhere ,on Pats own label Rankoutsider Records is no exception. Brilliant from start to finish 15 songs that once you listen will take you on ride through your past, and it'll make you feel like if Pat Todd's around the future of Rock N Roll will be just fine.One time Lazy Cowgirl alum's Bob Deagle ( drums) Keith Telligman ( Bass) make up a stellar rhythm section, with Nick Alexander and Kevin Keller trading some real tasty guitar licks.The record and its production just give you that smokey,hard drinking club feel, and on more than one song it carry's the spirit and feel of a live performance. I have to ask myself??? How is it that Pat Todd's name and music is not on every rock n roll radio station in this country?Oh yeah that right... see this is not formula rock, and unlike most of what you hear today this record 14th and Nowhere has soul so deep it should be flying with the ghosts of the great rockers that go before. I know more than a few people that would love to add this CD to their collection,hopefully your adding yourself to this list.Favorite songs on this disc are Small Town Rock Ain't Dead, 14th & Nowhere,Known To Stumble,Known To Fall,and Dirty Thought & Busted Hearts.God bless Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders for keeping true roots alive....

Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders “14th & Nowhere” (Full Length CD) 2013 Rankoutsider Records             

Everyone knows the old adage not all that wander are lost, so if you find yourself out in the middle of nowhere, 14th and nowhere to be exact you just might find like minded individuals… But then again you might also find some mentally unstable drifters with substance abuse issues, but lets focus on the like minded for now. Pat Todd has wandered all over and probably been lost a time or two but never lost his endless energy and drive for delivering great music to the masses. The liner notes of the record have a great paragraph explaining this, “We took the long way around… life, time and money all got in the way…It wasn’t for lack of inspiration, or for lack of songs. Songs that have been waiting their turn, Vincennes songs, songs lookin’ back and songs lookin’ forward. We got a little lost on the way, but we’re here now” and I’m here to say where “here” is for Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders is a pretty damn good place to be!            

The newest release for Pat and his rag tag gang is quite possibly their best release to date and that is saying a lot if you know the catalog behind this namesake. 14th and nowhere is a collection of fifteen songs about love, loss and good old rock and roll. The record opens will all guns blazing in the form of “Carry’n A Torch” a fast paced up tempo rock and roll song. The single snare hit starts this whole thing off with a blast, the guitar tone is perfect the drums and bass thunder all the way through and Pat’s voice is spot on once again. This record flows from song to song effortlessly each song feeds into the next setting a cool tone through out, some tunes are flat out rockers like the title track “14th and Nowhere” and some are heartfelt acoustic driven like the tune “I Won’t Forgive You”. Somewhere in between the two is the mid tempo toe tappers like “You and Your Damn Dream” this song is so good you can’t help but be in a good mood listening to it. The jangly guitar slides over the driving bass and drums perfectly and the guitar solo is perfect as well, I truly love the vocals but the backing vocals are what stand out the most to me. The harmonies when “It’s gonna fall on you” is echoed by “Fall on you” it give me Goosebumps, yeah it’s that good.  The acoustic guitar and harmonica come in hard and heavy in the tune “No End in Sight” with a great blend of true Americana music, the electric guitar playing the single notes on top of the acoustic just sound perfect, this is a great sounding and performed song with out a doubt. Quite possiably my favorite song on the record is a revisited revision of “One More Tank of Gas” originally released on the 2008 release Holdin’ onto Troubles Hand. The new rendition is a little bluesier and slightly faster than the original, not to say the first version isn’t good, it is but this time around it’s been kicked into overdrive and in a great way.            

14th and Nowhere is a fantastic record from top to bottom, no filler here, if your musical tastes crosses the likes of X to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers this will fall perfectly into the mix. This is classic Americana music at its best while staying current and relevant, not compromising anything in the process. Stop by the Rankousider’s headquarters on line at www.RankoutsiderRecords.com or any and all online music retailers to get your hands on a copy of this record, you will be happy you did I assure you of that!

Todd Bugs - Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated (Nov 1, 2013)

Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders – 14th & Nowhere

Familiar chord progressions delivered in a spirited, barroom-brawl country-rock style. Fifteen songs, zero bullshit. Sample/representative song title: “Small Town Rock Ain’t Dead.” Guitars, guitars and more guitars (and hardly any keyboards). Earle Mankey pops up on banjo(!) Infectious and fun, this will delight fans of Jason & the Scorchers.

Bill Kopp - Musoscribe (Dec 9, 2013)

 If there’s a single artist who embodies the virtues of playing meat-and-potatoes rock & roll in the 21st century, it’s Pat Todd. The former Lazy Cowgirl not only never lost his love for the pioneers – and we’re talking about Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and the Ramones here – he’s never seen any reason not to draw from all of them at once. His band the Rankoutsiders, which includes ex-Cowgirls and is anchored by stalwart guitarist Nicky Alexander, perfectly embodies his vision of earthy American music, cleaving fiercely by his side no matter what turn he takes.

 Todd is also one of the few songwriters of his generation that knows how to pen mature tunes about adult concerns without stinting on youthful rock & roll fury, and that alone puts him on a different plane than most ex-punk rockers. “Back to the Wind,” “Carry’n a Torch” and “Known to Stumble/Known to Fall” wax philosophic on a life in rock with age rapidly catching up, while the band obeys the loud fast rules. “All the Years” and “No End in Sight” follow a similar theme with a more overt country feel – if Nashville had any balls it would put these songs in rotation amongst its cowboy-hatted puppets. “Didn’t Have Ta Die” takes a hero (the liner notes mention Elvis Presley, though it could apply to any fallen angel) to task while still maintaining respect. The bitter ballads “I Won’t Forgive You” and “You & Your Damn Dream” eschew romance for rejection buoyed by dignity. A remake of Todd’s own “One More Tank of Gas” dials back the power but ups the emotional payoff in the demand “If you find some kind of love/Better hold on to it.”

 Todd and the band hit a dizzying peak with “Dirty Thoughts & Busted Hearts,” a comment on the marketing of desire and the futility thereof that still kicks out the jams with a melodic rage that makes younger punks sound weak. It’s damn near the quintessential Rankoutsiders track, the light at the end of a tunnel that, no matter how long, never drowns in darkness. If the best (adult) rock & roll burns with both passion and intelligence, then Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders’ flame can be seen for miles.

 

Michael Toland - Blurt (Aug 29, 2013)
Working retail, many years ago in a Mid-Atlantic mall, a 1980s super-sized holdover with the glass escalators, strange-item kiosks, and newly employed 19 year olds, like me, consisted of mingling and entangling with other sleepwalking retail slackers. We lived to party every night in preparation of the acceptable 3-hour nap before the morning shift. Actually, it was 3 hours of doze before the afternoon shift as well. Driving my 1983 Chevette that I paid $400 for while living in my $330 a month apartment was good enough. I never slept in my bedroom, with its fake-wood panel walls and free illumination courtesy of the traffic light right outside my cracked windows.

I was convinced the bedroom was haunted. Instead, I entertained, fucked up, fucked off, and slept on the living room’s futon next to the kitchen I never paid much attention to. As I think about it, I can taste the discounted female fragrance, loud swill, low-grade drugs, and residue of even cheaper relationships. I had a scattered ritual of playing the Lazy Cowgirls on my boom box in the backseat of the Chevette because the car tape player never worked. “Tapping the Source” was on side A and its classic anthem “Goddamn Bottle” propelled body and mind to retail life-wasteland on most days. “Dancin’ To a Pack of Lies” on “14th & Nowhere…” shocked these memories to life as I blasted Pat Todd’s newest CD.

Pat Todd of Lazy Cowgirls fame has re-emerged with his backing band, the Rankoutsiders, to provide 2013 with a cool push and pull between punk n roll aggression and Exile on Main Street introspection (consider “Rocks Off” and “Sweet Virginia”). The renowned songwriter and his never-ending one-two punches of rock n roll song always offer something new while keeping the Cowgirls tradition alive. Todd continuously impresses in the live experience with his distinct throaty delivery that actually hits all the high and low notes. The latest album really takes the melodies into Punk Rockin’ Honky Tonk territory with dynamic choruses, flowing verses and liquored up guitars for moral support.

The warm-analog sounding production provides the perfect canvas for a seasoned band that delivers the rock n roll in timeless and well-versed styles. 15 songs are on this collection, so cruise around or drink to the Los Angelian scorched grooves while basking in the glow of past defeats and future dilemmas. I should’ve included “triumphs” in the last sentence, but triumphing wouldn’t be too rock n roll now would it? In the case of Pat Todd and his Rankoutsiders and Lazy Cowgirls, this is as close as you get to triumphing in the world of rock n roll without going insane or writing bullshit that no one wants to hear. This deserves repeated listens and Pat’s discography is well worth looking into. While you’re at it, support your local independent record store and buy some Cowgirls vinyl while picking up this CD. Until next time…

-Kevin McGovern, Fear & Loathing in Long Beach

Simple story lines and blue collar honesty back Pat Todd in his vocal delivery. Fronting The Rankoutsiders, Pat and crew offer their third full-length release with 14th and Nowhere. The sound is stripped-down rock with tasteful touches and subtle flash courtesy of album producer/band member and former Sparks guitarist Earl Mankey. 14th and Nowhere has roots influence, and you can hear that the band listens to blues, soul and country. Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders take personal audio experiences and strain, sift, push and force feed rock’n’roll through every note on the album.

“Dancin’ to a Pack of Lies” never misses a step as it finds that the best way to get through betrayal is to work it out on the dance floor. “The Ambulance is Here” curtails the electric power drive of 14th and Nowhere and showcases Pat’s heart over acoustic guitar and a lonesome harmonica. The Rankoutsiders move towards rock/pop with “Didn’t Have to Die”, let the country slip and show on “You and Your Damn Dream” and turn up way past eleven to present a paint-peeling delivery of the title track. The band looks back at ”thirty years of chasing what you can’t see” as they admit to “hanging by a thread, carrying a torch”. “Small Town Rock Ain't Dead” resurrects those days when rock radio ruled the earth and was the default when you booted up, or simply turned on, your radio dial. It heads back to a time of ride sharing when it meant cruising the boulevard as dusk turned into night and you turned the speakers up loud to share your ride with the world.

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- The Alternate Root (Oct 10, 2013)
Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders have a new effort out called 14th & Nowhere and it’s full of pedal to the floorboard rock. Highly recommended for your next road trip. I’m adding ”Carry’n A Torch,” “Dancin’ To A Pack Of Lies,” “Known To Stumble,” and “Dirty Thoughts & Busted Hearts”
Todd was behind the mic for a couple of decades with famed L.A. band Lazy Cowgirls. Now, the man with John Hiatt-on-speed vocal stylings is back with a third Rankoutsiders effort packed with fast guitar-oriented rave-ups custom made for scuffing up the barroom dance floor.
Todd’s best material yet, and when Pat Todd is at his best he becomes the real deal of that which makes rock’s royalty become Great Pretenders. He’s the world-weary scene veteran young Springsteen bluffed through as he channeled such figures in early lyrics; he’s the bar band warrior CCR emulated; he’s the Americana roots rocker the Stones mimicked on “Honky Tonk Woman.” Rank? This sells awesome!
- Rocktober Reviews (Jul 30, 2013)
Det här har vi lärt oss är sant: Varje litet backwater i de amerikanska sydstaterna är fullt av konservativa rednecks som samlas i det skjul som utgör den lokala krogen och lyssnar på ett cowpunkband som är så sjujäkla tighta att Stetsonhattarna blåser av. Men om det finns någon bäring i den sortens fördomar verkar de där rockbanden förbli lokala hemligheter, med bara något enstaka undantag. Efter att Georgia Satellites förenade Lynyrd Skynyrd och The Faces på sitt första omtumlande minialbum har vi förgäves satt vårt hopp till först det bandets och sedan bandets medlemmars fortsatta alster, och till band som Jason & the Scorcherers och till att börja med Black Crowes.
I bakgrunden har alltid LA-sonen Pat Todd bubblat, först i Lazy Cowgirls och nu med the Rankoutsiders, och han är allt vi väntat och hoppats på. Med stridsropet Small Time Rock Ain’t Dead gör han bandets tredje album till en rock’n’roll-urladdning som trots tempot och kraften i femton låtar aldrig blir tröttande, tack vare energi och ett finessrikt sätt att använda countryinspirerade rockklichéer. Bakom en del av det ligger producerande Earle Mankey, som varit medlem i såväl Sparks och jobbat med alla från The Beach Boys till The Cramps, och som ger 14th & Nowhere ett rättframt och öppet klassiskt röjarsound, lika aktuellt 2013 som 1973. Så här engagerande har inte småstadstristessens idoga nöjeskörande upp och ner för samma gamla gata låtit sedan I Get Around.
PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS
14th & Nowhere...
(Rankoutsider Records)

Pat Todd är en av rockmusikens slitvargar. Opåverkad av musikaliska trender och nycker fortsätter han att hålla rockmusikens fana högt. Först under tjugo års tid som frontfigur för gruppen Lazy Cowgirls och sedan mitten på 2000-talet som den drivande kraften bakom Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders.

Passande nog inleder han "14th & Nowhere..." med den glödheta "Carry'n A Torch". För nog brinner det en eld i Pat Todd och har så gjort i över trettio år. Han plockade upp facklan i början på åttiotalet och har därefter konsekvent och passionerat hållit de bästa rock'n'roll-traditionerna från femtio-, sextio- och sjuttiotalet vid liv.

Det är fem år sedan hans senaste album, "Holdin' Onto Trouble's Hand" (2008), men nästan inget har förändrats. Samma attityd, samma mix av punkenergi och snygga melodier - ofta med ett stänk av vemodiga countryinfluenser - till vilka hans röst passar utmärkt. Kort sagt, karln sjunger utomordentligt bra.

Pat Todd kan sin rockhistoria. De inledande "California Sun"-trummorna i "Dancin' To A Pack Of Lies" är lika avväpnande nu som då The Rivieras erövrade mitt hjärta för femtio år sedan. Och nog måste väl det tidiga sjuttiotalets Keith Richards le igenkännande när han hör introriffet till "Back To The Wind".

Naturligtvis faller jag pladask för den charmiga "Known To Stumble/Known To Fall" och dess baktunga countryrockgung. Handklappningar under en skränigt snygg melodi har jag ju aldrig kunnat värja mig mot.

Att det stundtals - speciellt mycket i ”You And Your Damn Dream” - låter både Phil Seymour och Dwight Twilley om Todd kanske beror på att producenten Earle Mankey, som ju jobbat med bl a Paley Brothers, The Pop, 20/20 och The Long Ryders, har ett finger med i spelet. Tack för det!

Hyllningen till Elvis i "Didn't Have To Die" är en historia värdig Alex Chilton, medan de som gillade Ramones ”Pet Sematary”, skriven till filmatiseringen av Stephen Kings bok med samma namn, borde finna sig väl tillrätta med "Small Town Rock Ain't Dead".

Men, den viktigaste lärdomen har nog Todd hämtat från Sam "keep it simple boys" Phillips. Ty i Todds musik finns samma befriande enkelhet som hos rockmusikens urfäder, de som i den lilla studion på 706 Union Avenue i Memphis fick lära sig att inte krångla till saker och ting i onödan.

För, som Pat Todd själv uttrycker det, ”...what moves the heart can be a tricky business.”
- Raised on Records (Aug 28, 2013)
14TH AND NOWHWERE-(RANKOUTSIDER RECORDS)-There’s a certain (small) percentage of folks who will tell you that any band that pat Todd is in is the greatest rock band on the planet. There were several who stated it when he led LA’s lazy Cowgirls through several records of the best bar-band punk this country has ever seen. Not sure when that band called it quits but several years back out pops his new band, the Rankoutsiders (which includes a Lazy Cowgirl or two). The guy,. Pat Todd, is also the least likely looking rock man you might seem, short and bald(ing) but when he takes the stage he’s got the strength and confidence of 100 men. If you’re expecting something different on 14TH AND NOWHERE well, don’t. It’s more of the same thing that he perfected in the mid 80’s and kept going because no one told him he was supposed to quit. The sound is a heady brew of 50’s rock, 60’s garage, 70’s punk and some real bloozin country music too and r & b, too. There’s some scorchers on here (“Carry’n a Torch,” “Dancin to a Pack of Lies,” the title track, etc.) and some heart-tuggers as well “Didn’t have to Die,” “You & Your Damn Dream,” “I Won’t Forgive You,” etc.). There’s so-called rock music and then there’s ROCK music This is the latter. Believe it. www.rankoutsiderrecords.com
- Dagger Zine (Oct 21, 2013)
Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders – Cos, I’m bound ta lose (Ghost Highway Single)

Cuando el capo de este pequeño sello me comentó que sacaba un siete pulgadas del ex Lazy Cowgirls junto a sus Rankoutsiders dos sensaciones se enfrentaron en mi interior, por un lado envidia por tener en su catálogo a un tipo que admiro desde que el primer álbum de las “vaqueras perezosas” giró en mi tocadiscos y por otro lado alegría por esa nueva referencia en un sello amigo que arriesga en su política y poco a poco va alcanzando merecido reconocimiento. Pero sentimientos aparte hablemos de este trozo de rock and roll en formato de single, dos temas que no están en sus cd,s, “Cos, I’m bound ta lose” es un chute de adrenalina del mas básico rock and roll ejecutado con convencimiento, Pat masculla palabras y Nick Alexander dispara a bocajarro canallescos riffs de guitarra, mientras el resto de la banda aporta una sólida base rítmica, un temazo en toda regla que no hace mas que confirmar que Pat Todd es uno de los grandes. En la cara B agarra el clásico “It’s all over now baby blue” de Bob Dylan y lo personaliza con su voz, las guitarras hacen sangrar las heridas y la banda firma un single perfecto en todos los sentidos, sin duda lo seleccionamos...! súper-recomendado! (Oscarkotj-2013)
- Kick Out the Jams (Apr 17, 2013)
Meanwhile, over on the sincere side of the street, 14th and Nowhere is Pat Todd's third outing with the outfit he formed after logging 20 years with the Lazy Cowgirls (retaining the big beat of terminal Cowgirls drummer Bob Deagle, with original Cowgirl Keith Telligman returning to the fold on bass for this record). The Hoosier expat to L.A. connects the stylistic dots between Hank Williams and Peter Laughner and still rocks out with his heart stitched to the sleeve of his snap-button, as song titles like "Carry'n A Torch," "You and Your Damn Dream," and "Small Town Rock Ain't Dead" attest.

While Todd isn't exactly pushing back any frontiers here, there's honor in being a journeyman muso who continues to hone his craft, and there isn't a more reliable name in all of rockaroll. Ex-Sparks axe-slinger Earle Mankey provides his usual uncluttered, sympathetic production. And when the diminutive Todd -- who drives a truck when he isn't slogging around the rawk dumps -- digs in his heels and roars from the bottom of his feet over Deagle's magnificent crash and thump, as he does on "Dancin' To A Pack of Lies," one is inclined to believe him.