The CD version tacks on the second Limes CDR, 2006â€™s Blue Blood, a somewhat more laid-back and sly slide through Crippsâ€™s sideways take on life. Long live Limes!
In a town full of musical hermits and legends, it may seem trite to call anyone the townâ€™s best kept secret. But truck-driving rocker Shawn Cripps and his revolving cast of characters collectively known as Limes have been making lovable late-night rackets at midtown dives for nearly a decade with very little to show for it. A couple of singles (one from France, one from Italy) and two homemade CDRs were all that existed until Goner released Rhinestone River last year. Well, thatâ€™s not entirely trueâ€”as is typical with many Memphis iconoclasts like Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson and Tav Falcoâ€™s Panther Burns, Limes clicked with overseas listeners before Americans caught on, and Crippsâ€™s first album Tarantula did receive a limited CD release in 2005 on a small New Zealand label. Somehow that made more sense than it should have, as Limesâ€™ brand of quirky pop and rock wouldnâ€™t be out of place on a Flying Nun comp from the mid-â€™80s. Cripps has had a crazy life. For a while, he lived on a boat in the Mississippi River; there were rumors he went a little kooky at some point and wouldnâ€™t listen to anything but Exile on Main Street for months. He was a frequent collaborator with Harlan T. Boboâ€”the two are both reclusive songsters with more than their fair share of talent and bad luck. Catching Limes live, you never knew who will be there or how itâ€™ll turn out. Could be the best show of the yearâ€”or the worst. Sometimes the worse they play, the better the show is.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 05 August, 2011.