The Weary Boys Return to Alex’s Bar Saturday
2014-08-14 · By Editor
Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California to host a country music concert featuring The Weary Boys triumphant return at Alex’s Bar, Saturday, August 16th . If you were around the underground country and rockabilly scene in the mid 2,000’s you most likely saw The Weary Boys perform all over popular venues in Southern California. Although the band was short-lived, their reputation for being one of the best live country acts grew fast in the south-land.
The original Hillgrass Bluebilly Chapter based out of Phoenix, AZ was also a big part of the heyday of The Weary Boys. Constantly asked (and sometimes pressured) to get back somehow, you may say persistence wears down resistance or you can call it an act of God but they are getting them back together and back to Southern California! Additionally, underground country folk favorites from Oakdale, CA, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will be supporting plus OC Music Award winner Moonsville Collective and Hillgrass Bluebilly Recording Artist and renowned songwriter, Tom VandenAvond has been added to fill out the lineup. Alex’s Bar will host the long anticipated return. Get ready to hear some honky tonk and bluegrass blaring out of the walls of the Long Beach punk rock haven! Fans are encouraged to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets in advance as space is limited.
The Weary Boys story begins in 2000, when three friends, Brian Salvi, Darren Hoff and Mario Matteoli, left Northern California for Austin, Texas to make a living playing music. In a place like Austin, Texas, of course, aspiring musicians arrive everyday. Something about The Weary Boys, though, was different. Initially, the young trio toiled in trenches of a notoriously competitive music scene. Their first jobs were on street corners, and their first payments were mainly in coins. Almost immediately, however, word of the young California vagabonds began to crisscross the circuits of Austins music scene. With their huge cowboy hats, tattered jeans, and the infectiously manic combination of telecaster, propulsive rhythm guitar, demented fiddle and close harmony singing, the young trio snapped Austin music lovers awake. In many ways,
The Weary Boys seemed to have stepped out of Austins musical past, reminding people of the reasons Austin first gained fame as the home of outlaw country music in the 1970s. In rapid succession, street corner gave way to happy hour, happy hour to opening slot, opening slot to headlining slot, headlining slot to festival stage. Ace Austin bassist Darren Sluyter joined the band, and later, hometown friend and drummer Cary Ozanian was brought in. By the Summer of 2001 and the release of their first album, The Weary Boys had dramatically ascended to the top of the Austin music scene. Building on their popularity and critical acclaim in Austin, The Weary Boys ventured into neighboring states, establishing enclaves of support in cities throughout the South and Southwest, particularly in towns with vibrant interest in roots music, such as Lafayette, Louisiana, Seattle Washington and Tuscon, Arizona. In the process, they have also opened shows for the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, Leon Russel, The Drive-By Truckers, Southern Culture on the Skids and many others.
They have played in backyards, front yards, notorious dives, not-so notorious dives, festival stages and the Angola State Penitentiary (twice). In the independent tradition of Austin musicians, The Weary Boys have maintained control over their music, releasing an album every year, managing and booking themselves. In their fifth and latest release, Jumping Jolie, they continue to mine the fertile musical ground between country, bluegrass and rock and roll, creating a sound that defies strict classification. Texas has been good to Weary Boys and they have returned the favor. A band of outlaws in an outlaw town in a state that does things its own way, The Weary Boys continue to remind us what country music is all about. – From Lonestarmusic.com See more at: http://www.lonestarmusic.com/WearyBoys#sthash.BvefYPUD.dpuf
Supporting is beloved country folk outfit from Oakdale, CA The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. Take two Americana singer-songwriters, an indie-rock veteran of a drummer, country-born bassist, and metal-bred pedal steel player, and what do you get: the rough-hewn yet driftwood-smooth; rebel-headed, but heart-of-gold sound of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. The outfit includes singer-songwriters Willy Taylor and Chris Doud, drums and art Aaron Burtch, Taylor Webster Bass and vocals, and Multi-instrumentalists, Matt Cordano and Chandler Pratt. Any Outfit member may tell you that it’s plenty just to be at the pinnacle of a local music scene embracing roots and Americana music, but, as one recent convert put it, “the rest of America needs to hear this noise.”
About Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California: Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California is a promotional chapter of Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment (Austin, TX). Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment was founded in 2005 and originally focused on building events around underground roots music. They were instrumental in building the roots scene in Phoenix, AZ, hosting shows with such acclaimed acts as Bob Log III, Ralph Stanley, Scott H. Biram, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Possessed By Paul James, and many more. Eventually the founder settled in Austin, Texas and morphed the company into an award winning record label, releasing albums by Texas Country legend James “Slim” Hand, Scott H. Biram, Left Lane Cruiser, Possessed By Paul James, Restavrant, Tom VandenAvond, and more.
Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California was founded in 2012 to carry on the tradition of the founder’s vision of bringing awareness to underground roots music to the west. In just over one year, Hillgrass So. Cal has hosted events with such notable acts Billy Joe Shaver, Wayne Hancock, Sean and Zander, Possessed By Paul James, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Miguel Garcia & The Vaquetones, Frank Fairfield, Charlie Parr, Jake La Botz, Rose’s Pawn Shop and many more, as well as co-organizing the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival.
The Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California is Saturday, August 16th, 8pm – 2am at Alex’s Bar 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA. Tickets: $20 advance (before 08/16/14) / $25 day of show (available at the door or online at http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172691