“On name alone, it’s hard to say just how seriously a person should be taking a band like Diarrhea Planet; and even harder, when they’re spitting comically awful game, touting the well-documented virtues of self-love, or trying to cram four guitar solos into two-and-a-half minutes…But once you cut through the tangled fretwork and all those gang choruses, there’s a quiet ambition at work here”
“Some dust just won’t wash off. Ask roots country songwriter Cahalen Morrison. His new album, The Flower of Muscle Shoals (out Aug 19 on Free Dirt Records), with his full band Country Hammer, is caked with the dust of the American Southwest. It’s the dust of a childhood growing up in Northern New Mexico; days spent exploring lost canyons, hiking hillsides covered in cottonwoods, and discovering old ghost towns. It’s also the dust of nostalgia, the kind of reflection of a just-married man looking back towards the inspirations of his youth.”
Though “hardworking” can come off like a polite knock when describing a band, it perfectly fits this group: They remain DIY in the old-fashioned, no-trend sense of people doing something themselves, on their own terms.
“Leroy’s friendliness and accessibility make him especially popular with fans, and his professionalism and reliability are a real plus in the music industry. He is a masterful musician and a world class performer. No matter the size of the venue Leroy puts on a wholehearted show that will have you staring in awe, stomping your feet, and begging for more.”
“Ural’s whole life has been music; blues, R&B, funk, jazz and honkey-tonk, playing it and teaching it. He started his first band when he was 11. For years he worked as a session artist, including for the big names- The Kingsmen, Billy Larkin and Neil Diamond. He headlined his own bands, including at the Apollo theater in the 60’s where James Brown and Otis Redding performed.”
“Brownout may well be Grupo Fantasma’s psychedelic Latin funk alter-ego, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backs Prince, its latest incarnation, or even its alter ego. What they are not is the sprawling conjunto’s side project. Brownout has taken Grupo Fantasma’s funk roots and blown them up. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own.”
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo and Juliet
If Shakespeare was alive to get the Led out, he would’ve listened to Diarrhea Planet, Nashville’s favorite six-piece rock and roll band. Outfitted with a drummer and bassist that barrel forth with the power of a thousand locomotives and a four guitar arsenal able to unleash a meticulous torrent of expertly crafted hooks, riffs and solos, DP take everything you knew you loved about rock, punk and pop, jack it up way past 11, and leave you catching your breath and massaging the kink in your neck from all that head banging.
Leroy Thomas, also known as “the Jewel of the Bayou”, is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene. With an unmatched repertoire of Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B, and Country music he mixes an ideal combination of traditional zydeco with his own innovative, funky, hard-driving sound.