I didn't get to see these guys on the island on Friday, but did get to see them in the casino on Thursday and then their show in the C lounge the next.
I fell in love with this band.
I'm not a big fan of today's pop country.. the stuff sounds all the same to me with no distinct instrument popping out like the good ol' days of country. Like Waylon's guitar flange strumming with that back beat. Willie's distinct nylon string guitar strumming and Cash's freight train thumpin'. And, really I'm only going on 37.. so I may been born to have caught the tip of the outlaw stuff before it was buried with the same old sound of this day's Nashville overkill of produced junk. These guys took me back... to when my dad would come home from a long haul, bring them outlaw records on home that he got at a truck stop, and play them for us... that shit would filled the void, and musty air in our household.
Their style is raw and gritty. Their lyrics are just real - talking about a real way of life for some. Loving up on your woman after a night that ya both been drinking.. taking in her whiskey kiss... who ain't had that hot sexual experience? He didn't get to the part of having whiskey dick.. but hell.. who don't fall asleep with that same sweet smell of a whiskey kiss and wake up in the morning with a nice hangover..lol And then, their other songs about growing-up as a child living hard life in "Bastard Child".... songs about getting to a gig on time..lol.. songs about addiction. I can hear Leroy's influences thru and thru... and it shook me !!
I had gotten a chance to meet the lead guy, Leroy and his girl Jenn... real nice rocking couple. He was all smooth-like. He smiled crooked and kept his eye on me and said.. "Well Hi Maam, my name is Leroy" and slowly brought up his hand to shake mine. Um.. ~melt~ He almost said it Johnny Cash like.. and at the same time he would joke on stage about now that Cash is gone.. well, somebody gotta take over..lol. Quite a cool mf'r he and she was.
And last but not least.. the band.. well as soon as I saw the up-right bass.. I was there maaan. lol Leroy is down right talented.. plays guitar, harp, while sitting on a bass drum keeping a beat. And then there was Rico.. this cat looked like he came straight out of that movie 'The outsiders".. had the killer greaser look going.. tats.. total Rockabilly look to him.. even had his own hand rolled smokes that he flipped in his mouth from time to time.. quite a character.. but this dude can play a mean ass lap steel.. shit.. the lap steel itself had it's own character.
Back to meeting them... So when Leroy was done introducing himself.. all I could say to him was..Maaaan, Don't change a fucking thing !! I probably repeated myself a few times.. cuz I'm a woman of many words written down.. but when I'm in front of you.. I don't say much..lol. We talked about going to see Shooter Jennings and how we thought they should tour together. We I think they did already..lol
Anyway... I give these motherfuckers two thumbs up.. 5 badass beers.. and a big Scumbag Salute. They are on facebook and they are touring around the US. I'm hitting the Philly show late June.. so my June is looking pretty sweet with the beginning of the month Kid Rock and TBT show in Atlantic City.