The Knitters Put the 'X' Back Into Country

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Songs the Knitters play for 'World Cafe':

  • "Give Me Flowers While I'm Living"
  • "Try Anymore (Why Don t We Even)"
  • "Dry River"
  • "Born To Be Wild"

The alt-country band the Knitters is led by John Doe and Exene Cervenka — who also front X, the legendary punk band.

The Knitters: The band X, in hillbilly form.

The Knitters: The band X, in high hillbilly form. theknitters.com hide caption

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A new album, The Modern Sounds of the Knitters, is the first music the alter-ego band has released in 20 years. The songs range from country-fried versions of X songs — such as "In This House That I Call Home" and "I'll Go Down Swinging" — to classics popularized by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers.

One notable exception: Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild." According to Cervenka, it's all part of a plan to show that "our sound is always up-to-date, no matter how far back it reaches."

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