Throughout his lengthy career, guitar wildman Ted Nugent has revelled in the controversy and criticism that always seems to follow in his path. While there's no denying his exceptional talent on the six-string, his knack for penning arena rock anthems, or his standing as one of rock's top live acts, it's his non-musical endeavors that have caused the most condemnation from his detractors (his pro-right wing beliefs, pro-gun advocacy, appreciation of hunting animals, etc.). But by the same token, Nugent is a family man and one of the few hard rockers who has admirably stuck by his lifelong anti-drugs and -drink stance throughout his career.
The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright Jennings, Shooter was playing drums by the time he was five years old and had already begun taking piano lessons, only to break them off and follow his own path to an understanding of the instrument.
With 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks, seven critically acclaimed studio records already released, a handful of DVDs and live albums, plus an ever-expanding fanbase and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, Gov't Mule could easily rest on its laurels. Yet when you're in one of the hardest working bands in rock history, pushing yourself to greater heights always supersedes cashing in on past successes.
Utter the phrase "young blues guitarist" within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Still barely in his 30s, the Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. He met Stevie Ray Vaughan at 7, shared the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at13. As an adult, he continues to create genre-defining blues-infused rock n' roll.
Our story is almost impossible to believe. This band is literally a human cartoon. We all grew up among the dead-ends and cactus needles of Tucson, Arizona and have known each other since grade school. We graduated from the same high school together at the same time (a school immortalized in our song “Santa Rita High”) and we chose to play in a band together because we liked to hang out together, not because we were great musicians or anything. I truly believe that a band is defined by their limitations, that what they can’t (or won’t) do is just as important as what they can do. I guess that, in this era of pre-fabricated, put-together-to-have-a-hit bands, we’re kind of an aberration and I gotta tell ya that that makes us smile a little every day.
A THOUSAND HORSES Frontman Michael Hobby (23) and lead guitarist Bill Satcher (22), the co-founders and creative conspirators of A Thousand Horses, have been crafting rock music infused with traditional American flavors of the southeastern US for over half a decade. A Thousand Horses blends blues, R and B, and good old slashing guitars, bass & drums in an elixir that comes out tasting of Small Faces and “Exile”-era Rolling Stones.
Lopez is back with a brand new Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Santana) produced studio album 'Salvation From Sundown'. Intentionally conceived as a more traditional Texas blues styled offering, it's the guitarist's most mature recording to date, showcasing strong songwriting while still retaining the red-hot fretwork which has elicited none other than guitar god Jeff Beck to call him "A very exciting and intense blues guitarist". His first release on a major label (MIG/String Commander) it shows him poised to take his rightful place as one of the finest blues players on the planet. -KEITH LANGERMAN- (Guitar World/Spin Magazine)
Striking like a flash of lightning out of the piney wood region of East Texas, Wes Jeans ranks as one of the “Top Young Gun Guitar Players” - Guitar Player Magazine, March 2004. Wes delivers a soul-drenched mix of high voltage, rockin’ Texas Blues. Wes commands the stage from the start to finish and opens with a spirit of intensity that will surely grab you with his grinding rhythms and stinging leads allowing you a deep look into Wes Jeans’ Marshall, TX roots.
Austin, besides being the Texas state capital, is home to much of the best in American roots music. Since the 1970s, gutsy blues players, renegade country pickers, and raw-voiced rockers have mixed & matched their musical styles in Austin ’s thriving club scene. And that’s where Kent “Omar” Dykes holds court too.
John Gaar is a captivating soulful singer with a deft and provocative guitar style that converges to create a powerful and indelible impression. Emanating from the cultural-musical diversity of a rural Louisiana upbringing is the distinct style and energy of his music. His acclaimed 2004 titled Bittersweet Success debut album introduced his style to the world and his latest album, 2011's Brighter Side of Maybe, brings it to new heights. Gaar's sound is a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed southern roots music into a sonic organic sound of America. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including blues, rock, folk, Americana and jazz, all of which he is well-versed. For John Gaar, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional ties to a spiritual connection.
Frank "Big Frank" Gomez (born July 23, 1954) is an Austin based American rhythm and blues singer/song writer, guitarist and vocalist. Gomez became known for his guitar playing and vocals in the late 1970s in a band formed with his brothers called Deep Heet, which pioneered Frank's rock, funk, rhythm and blues fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against funk rhythms featuring percussion instruments not generally heard in rhythm & blues music. Gomez continued to work in these forms over the following decades and in 2007 created his current project, The Frank Gomez Band. Recording their debut album "Under The Influence" was experienced by a resurgence of popularity for Frank Gomez. He invited legendary artists to perform on the album that included Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Ruben Ramos, Max Baca, Stefani Montiel and Jerry De La Rosa.
SIXTH-GENERATION TEXAN CHRISTIAN BROOKS brings a lifetime of musical performance to his own mix of Cajun blues meets Texas honky-tonk rock, topped with a little Southern boogie. Creating an original sound thats catchy and easy to dance to, fans keep smiling and listening to the toe-tappin tunes and forceful instrumentals. Brooks slide guitar and vocals lead the band.
Rock band 20 Shades was founded by frontman James Pergolatti in 2010. The band brings a diverse new sound that is a mix of classic metal and modern day Rock with a positive message. Since forming, the band released 2 Pergolatti penned demos Faith and Animal which successfully caught the ear of fans, radio stations, and producers. Internet sensations, 20 Shades has already sold significant downloads and CDs, and has almost achieved 1,000,000 profile hits!
The Sound Track to a Ass Whoopin'! Honest and unmerciful. Quality arena rock at dive bar prices. That's what they're saying about THUNDEROSA. Thunderosa started in the spring of 97'- 98' in Tucson, Az. This wild ride of founding member and the only original member, Bubba Grubbz aka Aj Mancabelli. Mr Grubbz has landed his band in Austin, Tx. Playing such diverse shows with the likes of Reverend H...orton Heat, Southern Culture on the skids, Texas Hippie Coalition, Grady, Mike Ness, Nashville Pussy, Jackson Taylor, Scott Biram and many others.
There was a time when being an outlaw in Country Music meant going against the grain, being true to yourself and your sound, and giving your fans one hell of a show. But sometimes you need to shed cliché labels and tell the world exactly who you are and what you’re about... this ain’t Outlaw... This is THE HONKY TONK LIFESTYLE HTLS!! Matt Begley hails from the Piney Woods of East Texas and brings that no-holds barred east Texas attitude to his music. Growing up in Tyler, Matt has a wide range of influences but most notably one experience sticks out.. “I saw Garth Brooks at Texas Stadium in 1993 and it changed my life... I knew what I wanted to do.”
September 12, 2003... the day Johnny Cash passed. Matt Teague, Ryan Jung, and Elisha Beadle decided to start a real rock band. After playing acoustic country covers for years they decided to turn it up. Enter Chicken Shift, with Sean Ferrell and Darin Lange on board, they quickly developed a unique style of their own. Six years later, and Sean's departure, they're still at it with a new EP (self-Titled) and a new member, Seth Gibson on bass, and they are picking up the pace...
Doug grew up in the Davis Mountains of Texas, the son of a colorful wainwright, blacksmith, and fiddle-playing ranch hand. Doug briefly pursued a musical degree, which set the stage for his short stint as a fiddler and funny sideman for dinner theater entertainment. He left that to tour the country with various acts, eventually settling back in Texas to write his own songs and front his own band. Basing himself out of Austin, he continued his self-promoted tour, and developed into a unique, western, swing band with his wit and charm playing along with his instrumentation of fiddle, upright bass fiddle, and jazz guitar.
Shotgun Angel brings together decades of individual rock experience, the culmination of battles lost and won in the musical trenches. Hailing from Austin, Texas this all original 5 piece band combines hard-edged rock and blues, sprinkled with a little funk and mojo hot sauce in the finest tradition of the Lone Star state. If Bad Company and Storyville had a baby in the back of a of an old pick-up truck, they would name it Shotgun Angel!
We originally formed near the sunny beaches of southern California in 1982. We toured extensively throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Baja California until 1992. The band recorded our first CD in 1983, "Live at Holiday Park" in Carlsbad,California for Spin-Baby Records. Jimmy moved to Austin, in 1993 and forming a new band. In 1996 our second CD, “Grooves With An Attitude” was recorded for Spin-Baby Records. Mini tours allowed us to meet new friends throughout the great state of Texas that year. Our 3rd recording, “Live in Texas” was completed in 2000 with Spin-Baby Records. It brought the excitement and energy of our “all the way live” performances to CD. support.
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