Real American Music, Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Punk from Nashville TN
In a town known more for generating pop country ‘hat acts’ and contemporary Christian music, there is a storm brewing. Small independent bands with no management, booking, record labels (or even local media support) are changing the way people think about Nashville Tennessee.
Now they’ve got three full length CD’s under their belt. ‘Sucker Punched’, (Dec.2006), ‘Three Step Windup’ (April,2008) and ‘Hang Your Stockings….. Say Your Prayers’ the band’s Christmas CD (Nov, 2008). Each one totally DIY, produced and engineered by Firebaugh and Dickson and recorded in Andrew Dickson’s garage, lovingly known as ‘Studio D’. Each CD blends elements of honkytonk, rockabilly, psychobilly, and straight up rock and roll. Every member of the Hillbilly Casino brings their own special flavor to the band, from Nic’s background in hip hop and rockabilly, to Geoff’s love of old school punk rock and ska, and you’ll find elements of all of this in every Hillbilly Casino record and show. 2008 also saw the release of ‘Buy-in’ a full length Documentary by Doug Farrar at Rockstep Creative. Doug followed the band around for over a year, attending dozens of shows, and collecting performance, and interview footage, which he compiled into a revealing look at a band just trying to make a living and have fun.
While you’ll see a lot of bands sitting around waiting to get ‘signed’, the Hillbilly Casino took a cue from bands like Black Flag, Fugazi, and Youth Brigade, booking their own tours, and producing and releasing their own CD’s and T-shirts, and spending hundreds of hours in their old grey Econoline van getting the rock ‘n’ roll out to the people. From thirty minute opening slots, to 3 and 4 hour marathon sets, these boys are gonna bring their ‘A’ game, and you’ll probably get tired before they do.
Americana, Country, Folk and Blues from Austin TX
Local Austin artist Garner Sloan was born in Abilene and grew up in Coleman, Texas. He did not have the stereotypical “I grew up playing music” childhood. It wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that he picked up his first guitar. Self-taught, he found his passion for guitar by picking along to his favorite music until discovering his own sound. He progressed quickly from guitar player to “one-man band” incorporating the harmonica and percussion with his self-written prose.
His earliest intention, however, was not to write music and perform. It was something he did in secret, hidden in his room with no intended audience. A small passion soon turned to obsession as Garner turned every spare moment into an excuse to play. As he progressed and began to accomplish mimicry of his favorite artists with ease, it was only a matter of time until he began to write. The evolutionary process of writing his own music brought a new spirit to Garner. It was clear to him that writing songs was not something to be taken lightly.
Garner cites Townes Van Zandt as his main inspiration when it comes to writing music. His other influences include: Guy Clark, Blaze Foley, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, Son House, Woody Guthrie, Terry Allen, Hayes Carll and a couple hundred more. Having such influences, Garner transcends musical genres as an Americana artist, playing a mixture of folk, country and blues with a tad bit of rock and roll.
Rockabilly from Helena AL
The Martini Shakers play authentic, full energy rockabilly the way it sounded in 1954--wide open and furious!! we are not an "oldies" act trudging half heartedly through hit parade remakes-- WE are rockabilly!!! We cover all the big hits from the original giants of rock and roll--johnny cash, elvis, carl perkins--as well as the forrgotten gems from memphis-where and when it all began. Our original songs stand up next to these titans and bring a little of our own flavor into the mix. A martini shakers show is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of our audience--no matter who they are. we are--- keep your car clean! --jory lee atomic powered rockabilly!!!!
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