A lot of my friends started listening to country music as we made our way through college, and upon delving more into music history I explored genres I had not explored before. Yet…aside from country blues or country folk…I still need to cozy up to country rock some more.
I did grow up with a lovely horse, Ollokot, because my mom used to ride. Ollie was with us until he was about 30 years old. My dad and papa would watch shows like Bonanza and the High Chaparral. One of my first jobs was at a place called the Country Kitchen (great pancakes!) and I would drive home at night terrified to drive past the cornfield. You now that is where the aliens always hit you up.
Despite all this, I didn’t have much exposure to country music at that time…unless you count our high school production of Annie Get Your Gun.
I’ve been introduced to more country bands through work or friends and am still trying to learn more. One band that has come my way is Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys. They hail from Michigan and won WBCT’s 2010 Honky Tonk Heroes Battle of the Bands Competition, which is delivered from the state’s top country music station. They have already sold out shows throughout the midwest, and opened for acts like Ty Stone and Lady Antebellum.
They released a 12 song release in 2010, “Homegrown”, which was reviewed favorably, and released a five song EP follow up, “Country My Whole Life”, earlier this year.
I introduced the band to some country fans and gained some positive feedback for the band. One listener stated that “the lyrics and the singer’s voice are more modern Nashville than Austin. They are better than a lot of the jam-band-with-a-fiddle stuff masquerading as country rock these days”.
And they will be playing at Rodeo Bar in New York tomorrow! Labeled as New York’s longest running honky tonk, and a venue that Time Out New York has rated with an A…get your dancing shoes ready. Or…get your dancing boots ready!
If you are looking to extend your country music library, take a look here!
And if you find yourself there, please read the band bios. You’ll definitely get a sense of the band’s character.
Show is at 9:30, 375 Third Ave!