Porter and The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes – Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You (album review)

by Woody on November 8, 2017

Photo by Alex Hooks

I first caught wind of Chris Porter’s death a few weeks after he passed on Twitter; immediately thinking “there’s no way that could be him, he’s just too young.” Unfortunately the news was true, Chris and his bandmate, Mitchell Vandenburg, had passed away in a tragic accident outside of Baltimore.

I had really enjoyed his debut, This Red Mountain and had high hopes for his sophomore effort. It delivers in every aspect. That combined with the outpouring of love for him makes listening to it all the more difficult.

On his debut, I compared Porter to Cooley. That comparison still stands but on his last album, Porter wears his heart on the sleeve like some of Ben Nichols’ best work with Lucero. Produced by Will Johnson, Porter paints vivid scenes of the trivialities of daily life that go by unnoticed by most.

On Hometown and Shit Got Dark, Porter delves into small town life; the quiet beauty that goes missed and the many reasons to pack up and leave. Warpaint and Don’t Hang Up Virginia paint such realistic scenes of the nightlife; they’d make Ben Nichols proud. He even delves into the passing of his dog, Rufus, which is even more heartbreaking at this juncture.

Chris had hoped this album was catapult him to the next level. I truly believe that this was a major step forward from This Red Mountain which make it all the sadder. My deepest condolences to his family, fiance and friends. Everything you read on him makes him sound like a truly special man that will be sorely missed.

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Here is a wonderful memory of Chris by his his friend Jon Dee Graham

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