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Puritan Rodeo / Holyboats / Meryll
February 21, 2013 @ 9:00 pm| Free in the GarageBar
Puritan Rodeo’s latest, self-titled LP harkens to a time when harmonies were clean, lyrics were somber, and whiskey was served by the bottle. Through a dozen tracks, Puritan Rodeo welds rock, bluegrass, and vaudeville tunes to Americana instrumentation.
Blending twangy guitar riffs, the deep thrum of a cello, fiddle theatrics, a rock beat, and a hearty dose of storytelling, the album defies easy categorization. The album’s second track, “Confidence Man,” is one-part country anthem, one-part epic traveling song with a chaser of
sentimental rock ballad for good measure.
Frontman/songwriter John Pardue’s voice is the whiskey to vocalist Gillian Egan’s pure mountain moonshine. Taking turns on “Once in
a While,” the pair’s contrast provides balance while Egan’s sorrowful vocals on “Birds of Prey” serve to join her in a heartbroken lyrical conversation with Pardue.
The seven-piece Puritan Rodeo has grown from its humble roots as a four-member country band in 2003. Never a group to be tied down
to one musical style, Puritan Rodeo has made a business of creating lyric-driven, genre-busting crowd pleasers that have kept them a
favorite in the North Carolina Piedmont music scene.
Holy Boats is the collaborative project of singers/sailors/lovers/fighters Kellie Ann, Emily and Jesse – three young uns from North Carolina who have exiled themselves to Texas. Live they are joined by Andrew Stevens on percussion and Cole Bee Wilson on the bass.
What began as a 4-piece rock band based in the “Live Music Capital of the World” known as Austin, Texas, Meryll has become the solo vehicle for recording engineer/touring sound-man Andrew Hernandez. 2009 saw the release of “Rimziate,” his poppiest album to date, produced by Jason Martin of Starflyer 59. This was followed by a European tour supporting Balmorhea, and a subsequent move to Chicago to work as a house engineer at Soma Studios. 2010 brought the “Natchitoches” EP, a hushed nylon-string affair, followed by “The Party On The North Face,” another EP, this time with Tim Kinsella manning the board. “Haunts, Volume 1: The Palace” followed in early 2012. The release coincided with a 3-week U.S. tour supporting Victor Villarreal (Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz).
Summer 2012 brought a return to Austin, where recording has begun for the 7th Meryll record.
Free! In the Garage Bar
Doors @ 8:00 PM
Show @ 9:00 PM