Together on and off since 1987, the renegade country troupe California Speedbag required all of 16 years to create its first CD, February's The Fire of Misery
. It burns like a shot of Jack, blending the wizened croon of frontman Gary Lupico with aching pedal steel. The song titles say it all: If tequila-drenched stompers like "White Trash Is People Too" sound like your bag, Misery
demands your company.