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The Highballers CD Release Show

Also Featuring: Whiskey Daredevils Saturday 11/17
Show: 9:00PM
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The Highballers

The Highballers

Known for the marble facades, majestic domes and white mansions comprising its landmarks, Washington, DC is nonetheless a gritty, hardscrabble city built on a hot marshland and swamped in confrontational politics.

Like their home turf, the Highballers are as sharp dressed as any modern country act -- but go down more like Jim Beam than the Diet Pepsi flowing through today’s tame, corporate country scene. In the tradition of outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, not to mention mystics like Gram Parsons and the Knitters, the Highballers spin a web of country gold rooted the in the diverse backgrounds of their members and the free-spirited abandon of the fiercest gunslinger in the Wild West.

The Highballers were born on the rock of guitarist/vocalist Kendall Jackson and vocalist Hope Hudson in 2007, forging a hard-edged, rockin’ country sound built on the duo’s male-female vocal harmonies. After several personnel shifts, myriad gigs and more than a few empty whiskey bottles, the band arrived at its current lineup of Jackson, vocalist Belen Pifel, guitarist Sean Lally, bassist Charlie Henry and drummer Drake Sorey.

Hailing from New Orleans, where he discovered the outlaw country sounds and swamp funk that inspire him to this day, Jackson moved to Cleveland in the early 1990s and eventually formed his first band, the Dirty Bottom Boys -- raging garage rockers not unlike the background of Lally, who hails from the rival (if you’re into football, anyway) city of Pittsburgh. With bands like the Frampton Brothers and the Breakup Society, Lally opened for the Ramones and cowrote a song recorded by REM's Scott McCaughey -- tuning up his sparkling Fender Telecaster just enough to blow the doors off any club he played.

Henry is no stranger to loud rock ’n’ roll, either, what with his roots in Morgantown, West Virginia blues rockers Stone Crazy (with whom he recorded a cassette album, Shades of Blue) and more recently -- following a life odyssey that saw him finding a career and starting a family -- country rockers Stealin' the Deal, experience that made him a perfect fit when the Highballers' bass slot opened up. Sorey also took a hiatus from music before getting behind a kit again eight years ago, and now pounds proudly behind an array of fine ’60s vintage Slingerland, Rogers and Ludwig kits.

Those drum sets are as polished as Pifel, another another veteran whose pipes are as bright and vibrant as her stage presence. The Jackson-Pifel pairing produces harmonies reminiscent of Gram Parsons/ Emmylou Harris and Exene Cervenka/John Doe, pouring out their souls like bourbon and mixing it with harmonies as sweet as cola. Combine that with the pulsating rhythms of Henry and Sorey and the twanging twin Telecasters of Lally and Jackson -- and you have the reasons the band has expanded its bookings beyond DC and earned acclaim in national publications like The Huffington Post.

With two albums now under their belt, Soft Music and Hard Liquor and a brand new self-titled release, the Highballers are poised to climb to the next level. Spit out that modern country diet soda and pour yourself some Highballers. Bottoms up!

–Doug Sheppard, Ugly Things Magazine

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Whiskey Daredevils

The Whiskey Daredevils might be the last honest-to-God cowpunk band standing on the American landscape.
Combining equal parts classic country, punk rock, rockabilly, surf and 60s garage, the Whiskey Daredevils continue to mine Americana music as a source of inspiration and identity. The Daredevils formed from the ashes of The Cowslingers, one of the most prominent bands in the garage/trash rock revival from the late 90s/early 2000s. Since 2004, original Cowslingers Greg Miller (vocals) and Leo P. Love (drums) have teamed up with bass player Sugar Wildman (Lords of the Highway) and now new guitarist Hex Mattos (Bomb City Royals/Hillside Stranglers) to carry the baton of their twisted vision of what American roots music is and should be in modern times as the Whiskey Daredevils.
The band has just released their 13th full length release, “American Songbook” recorded with producer John Smerek at Detroit’s Rust Belt Studios in the summer of 2017. The record mines territory the band knows well, twisting standard American roots music forms to a logical conclusion of a gumbo of their influences. The songs focus on bad decisions and modern life in the underbelly of the American Midwest. This record was the last one recorded with old guitarist Gary Siperko, who was dismissed from the band in January.
The Whiskey Daredevils are well known on the indie rock circuit, constantly out on the road. The band has showcased at SXSW, played every noteworthy indie rock club you can think of in America and Europe, and has played with a who’s who of genre friendly acts like Willie Nelson, Southern Culture on the Skids, Dale Watson. Supersuckers, the Sadies, Blackberry Smoke, Legendary Shackshakers, the Trashmen, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Whitey Morgan, Hillbilly Casino, Left Lane Cruiser, Dick Dale, Brian Setzer, John Doe, Jason and the Scorchers, Nine Pound Hammer, and almost anyone else that you can think of that sounds anything close to them. The Whiskey Daredevils are a real American rock and roll band.
For More Information:

Whiskey Daredevils full length releases:
Whiskey Daredevils Greatest Hits (Drink N Drive) Whiskey Daredevils III (Drink N Drive)
The Essential Whiskey Daredevils (KO) Whiskey Daredevils Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (KO)
Whiskey Daredevils Old Favorites (KO) Live in Berlin (KO)
The Genny Session (Drink N Drive) The Very Best of the Whiskey Daredevils (KO) Nashville Surprise (Drink N Drive) The Whiskey Daredevils (Shake It) The Good Fight (Drink N Drive) The History of the Whiskey Daredevils Vol 3.
(Drink N Drive/Rookie Records)