Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/21+

Doors at 8PM / Show at 9PM

$11 Advance/ $15 Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 3/3 at 10AM

Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become the quintessential Colorado string band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS.  They have collaborated with school children in mentoring programs in both Denver and the mountain communities.  Their music is featured on Bank of Colorado’s radio and television advertisements. Most recently, Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Defined more by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies rather than any one genre, Trout Steak Revival crosses over and blends the bounds of folk, indie, bluegrass, and roots evoking its own style of Americana.  With five band members all contributing unique lyrics, lead vocals, acoustic instrumentation, and harmonies, Trout Steak Revival delivers memorable tunes to an energetic fanbase that grows hand-in-hand with the band. 

Tickets are available at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$13 Advance/Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 3/3 at 10AM

Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Royal Bliss has been making their mark for years with a consistent work ethic of writing, recording, and touring that have helped build the success of the band.  Their wide variety of influences from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin, and everything in between, has helped to mold a sound that is uniquely theirs that cannot be denied.  Their “Heartland Rock” speaks to the common man, tells a story and rocks out with a good party crowd, all the while being delivered by the inimitable deep and raspy voice of front man, Neal Middleton and the scorching sounds of seasoned musicians Dwayne Crawford (Bass), Jake Smith (Drums), Taylor Richards (Guitar) and Sean “Memphis” Hennesy (guitar/banjo), who combine to make Royal Bliss.  Their journey is evolving and they are growing as a band that now seems to be making their way down a road pointing eastbound on I-40, all the way from Salt Lake City to Nashville, TN.

Royal Bliss started in a basement as kids who had a passion for music and a drive to succeed.  Over the years their music has evolved from what would echo a late night frat party to now what they call “Heartland Rock”, a musical cocktail that mixes lyrical themes that celebrate American life, dreams and love, all the while paying homage to their southern and classic rock roots.

However, being a band for eighteen years has afforded them quite a story to tell with many twists and turns. They have weathered major label rock record deals, broken down buses, band member changes, weddings, kids, opened up a bar in Salt Lake City, called “The Royal” of course, and survived a devastatingly life threatening 35 foot fall off a building by lead singer, Neal Middleton.  Middleton was told he might not make it through the night, and if he did, that he would be paralyzed, but Middleton was not about to give up.  With a “mind over body” mindset, as he describes it, he fought his way back to the band, and together they continued on the colorful journey that is Royal Bliss.

They began as a rock ‘n’ roll band achieving early success with their music on several rock radio stations.  In 2009 their Capitol Records debut "Life In-Between" charted on the Billboard top 200 and was #1 in Billboard Heatseekers.  In 2012 their self-released "Waiting Out The Storm" reached #9 on the iTunes Rock Chart and hit #2 in Billboard Heatseekers.  Then again in 2014, "Chasing The Sun" was recorded and released on their own label, Air Castle Records, with distribution through Universal INgrooves Music Group.  On their latest album the alternative roots of the band shine on the album’s single "Cry Sister” that climbed the Active Rock chart to (#31) and was Royal Bliss’ 6th Single to crack the top 50 on Active Rock radio.  In addition, they have toured with acts such as Buckcherry, Candlebox, Chevelle, Kid Rock, and Papa Roach, and have grown into seasoned and dynamic live performers with a solid fan base across the country.

“We have always done our own thing and been honest with ourselves and our music by singing about things that are real and happening to us and our fans.  In recent years, rock radio has gone way heavier than what we do and we are finding that we haven’t changed direction but the industry and the boxes it puts artists in has.  Royal Bliss isn’t doing anything different than what they always have done," says Middleton.  Now, their journey is evolving and they are growing as a band that is now headed straight for Nashville, TN.

In an odd twist of fate, the newest member of the band, Sean “Memphis” Hennesy (guitar/banjo) was living in Nashville and came west to join Royal Bliss.  Taylor Richards, an original member of the band said, “When Sean joined the band he brought a flavor that we never really had before, incorporating some finger picking styles into certain versions of our songs and contributing a new vibe.

I guess you could say he brought a little Tennessee with him and it seemed to really work.”  With Hennesy now in the band, joining seasoned musicians Dwayne Crawford (Bass), Jake Smith (Drums) and Taylor Richards (Guitar), Royal Bliss’ evolution is clearly undeniable and they remain a true and steady force, taking center stage and rocking out to faithful crowds and fans who love their music because it has never followed trends, compromised or lost sight of who they are.

This long and winding journey has now led them back to a couple old friends from Nashville who they met eighteen years ago while skiing in the Utah Mountains, veteran Nashville producers and hit-makers, Monty Powell and Anna Wilson.  This husband-wife team recently built a state of the art recording studio in their mountain home in Utah.  When they invited members of Royal Bliss over for an après ski party to see their new creative workspace, the conversation quickly moved from general catching up to a creative collaboration process.  Wilson says, “I remember telling Neal how I always thought several of their songs could swing country with a different production approach.  I could tell he was open to co-writing and exploring what we could create together, so I made sure he didn’t leave until we scheduled time to work together.”  One song led to another and before long Powell, Wilson and Royal Bliss embarked on a creative journey that is flourishing and singing a tune that cannot be silenced.  “It has been so strange to know the band for so long but not really be a part of their music until now.” Powell states.  “We had written a couple things for their rock records in the past but now for the first time I feel I can really bring out my toolbox and expertise as a country songwriter to their process.”

This summer Royal Bliss will release their new 5 song EP entitled “The Truth” on June 3rd.  It is a collection of original songs that bridge the gap between rock and country.  The EP’s focus track “We’re All Livin’ The Dream” will see a video debut on CMT this spring.  In addition, fans can catch one of their energetic concerts at several Live Nation country festivals this summer on their Boneyard’s Bloody Blend sponsored tour.

Tickets are available at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$28 Advance/Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 3/3 at 10:00 am

Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

“I won’t back up/I won’t back down/I’ve been raised up to stand my ground” “Answer to No One”

Colt Ford’s story is so improbable, it could well be the subject for one of his songs, and indeed his autobiography is laced through his music on the five albums he’s released on his Average Joes Entertainment label over the past, from his 2008 debut, Ride Through the Country, to 2010’s Chicken & Biscuits, 2011’s Every Chance I Get, 2012’s Declaration of Independence and last year’sThanks for Listening.  Answer to No One: The Colt Ford Classicscollects 13 tracks from those five – and one from the 2010 Mud Digger compilation – for the most complete collection yet of his revolutionary mash-up of good old boy country and the rhythms of hip-hop, a groundbreaking combination.

Former Sirius/XM Highway PD John Marks said, whenever he played Colt Ford, “he moved the needle in sales, he moved the needle in social media… You have to be impressed with what he’s done, starting his own company and exposing a culture that many of us were completely unaware of.  It’s amazing what he’s been able to accomplish through touring and marketing with very little airplay support.” 

Four of Ford’s five albums have peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country chart, with Chicken & Biscuits(#8), Every Chance I Get (#3), Declaration of Independence (#1) and Thanks for Listening (#2), with the latter two hitting the Billboard 200 at #4 and #10, respectively.  All his best-known hits are represented on Answer to No One, from his debut, “No Trash in My Trailer” and his duets with Brantley Gilbert (“Dirt Road Anthem”) and Jason Aldean (“Drivin’ Around Song”) to collaborations with Jake Owen (“Back”), Duck Dynasty’s Boss Hog Willie Robertson (“Cut ‘Em All”), Eric Church (“Country Thang”), Jamey Johnson (“Cold Beer”), John Michael Montgomery (“Ride Through the Country”) and the Nappy Roots and Nic Cowan (“Waste Some Time”).

For the Georgia native and one-time golf pro, now an entrepreneur and cultural pioneer who started playing the mud truck circuit then went on to touring with the likes of Toby Keith, Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line, and breaking into film with a recent cameo in David Spade’s Joe Dirt 2, Colt Ford’s compilation album allows him to take a breath and survey how far he’s come in seven short years.

 “I’m doing this album for the fans,” he suggests, laughing that he’s never had a song in the Top 40.  “These are greatest hits to those guys. My life’s on that album. When you look at the history of music and start picking out the people that really move the needle, most of them didn’t answer to anyone. They did their own thing. It wasn’t as if they were disrespecting anybody else. But I’m going to make music my way.  If you want a long career, that’s how you have to do it. You can do what somebody else wants you to, but I don’t think you’ll last too long that way.”

Indeed, Colt Ford has followed his own muse, combining his early love, listening to hip-hop records by the likes of Run-DMC to a form of country that harks back to spoken word greats like Tex Williams (“Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette”), Roger Miller (“Hot Rod Lincoln”), Johnny Cash (“A Boy Named Sue”) or C.W. McCall (“Convoy”).

“What do you think Jerry Reed was doing?” laughs Ford. “People say I’m ruining country music, but this stuff has been around before I was born.”

Since the start of his career, Colt Ford has anticipated country music’s current obsession with good times and partying, but he’s having none of it.

“I just make music,” he explains. “I don’t think about it in terms of trends. I’m sure other people do.  I’m just going to continue to do what sounds right to me.  If what I’ve done has opened up the door for other young artists to have success, then I’m glad. But don’t put a label on me.  Just listen with an open mind.”

Pick any song on Answer to No One, and you get a glimpse into Colt Ford’s belief system – he’s the living embodiment of the American Dream (“To hell with anyone who don’t believe in the U.S.A.,” he sings in the title track), loves to hunt and fish (“Huntin’ the World”), prefers the country to the city (“Ride Through the Country”), listening to AC/DC (“Crank It Up”) and raising a little hell (“Drivin’ Around Song,” “Dirt Road Anthem”).

Once you see Colt Ford in front of an audience, it all becomes clear what he’s about.

“If I have to convert them one at a time, that’s what I’ll do,” he says. “When I walk on-stage, I don’t care if it’s 100 people or 100,000, the show will be exactly the same.”

As for the future, Ford has plans for a TV show, “sort of a country Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but for the most part, he’s happy doing what he does.

“I make music. I’m not a neurosurgeon,” he says. “I’m not a soldier, fireman or policeman laying my life on the line. I’m lucky to be able to do this. To be able to touch people’s lives with my songs is enough. It’s not about me, but the fans. I want to continue doing this and let it take me where it takes me.”

Answer To No One: The Colt Ford Classics takes you from where he was to where he is now.  It’s a trip well worth taking.

Tickets are available at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monk’s (225 Ryman St, Missoula, MT 59802)

General Admission/18+

Doors at 8PM/Show at 9PM

$18 in advance/Day of show

Additional fees may apply

Tickets on sale now

Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

Ever since their inception in 2005, Portland’s RED FANG have strived to write heavy, catchy music underlaid with subtle complexities. Founded by David Sullivan, Maurice Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam, and John Sherman, the band had a distinctive and fully-formed sound right from the start: a mix of compelling rock songwriting and party-hard metal euphoria that speaks to the headbanger, the hesher, and the music student alike. The band’s two-pronged vocal attack and knack for finding the sharpest hooks made sure that the music world caught on right away. Within just one year of RED FANG‘s first show, they were opening for genre stalwarts Big Business and The Melvins, and soon began appearing at festivals including FYF, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Sasquatch Fest, and more.

After the release of their self-titled debut (Sargent House, 2009), RED FANG signed to independent label Relapse Records for the release of their 2011 full-length Murder the Mountains, which hit #25 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and received widespread critical acclaim. RED FANG followed that record up with a slew of dates worldwide, and two years later, released Whales and Leeches, which put the band on the US Billboard charts (at #66) for the first time and garnered praise from outlets ranging from Spin and Metal Injection to Stereogum and Alternative Press. The success of Whales and Leeches even led to a live appearance on Late Show with David Letterman in January 2014. 

Additionally, RED FANG have gained renown for their inventive comedic music videos directed by Whitey MConnaughy, several of which have become viral hits. The band’s videos have received more than 10,000,000 views in total. RED FANG have more than made a name for themselves on the live circuit as well. Over the years, they’ve toured with prominent artists such as In Flames, Opeth, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Helmet, and Crowbar, and have appeared at major festivals including Hellfest, Rockstar Mayhem Fest, Wacken, Roadburn, and many others. In their travels, RED FANG have performed across the globe, from North America and South America to Europe, Russia, and Australia. 

Now, after three years of vigorously touring the world, the band are ready to return to the stage with their latest and greatest full-length album, Only Ghosts. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Slipknot, and many more) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins), Only Ghosts consists of 10 new tracks of the band’s signature, high-impact, hook-filled, hard rock. RED FANG prove once again they are top-notch songwriters who have mastered the heavy anthem without taking themselves too seriously. Only Ghosts is a rock album of incredible magnitude that demands to be played at maximum volume!

Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Rockin Rudy's (237 Blaine Street, Missoula, MT) or by calling (877) 987- 6487.

 

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/21+

7PM Doors/8PM Show

No cover charge/Free

 

“One of Dead Presleys’ best friends and most supportive fans, Lucas Berry is moving across the country and he requested a rock show as his sendoff. Let’s give him a night to remember before he leaves and Billings gets a little less handsome.

Dead Presleys

Dead Presleys are set to release their debut record “Muses” in late Spring 2017. To accompany the record, they launched a brand new website that will chronicle the creative process, offering a no holds barred, honest and transparent look at of making “Muses”. Each member will offer their own take every step of the way via individual blogs within the website. All of the good and all of the bad. www.deadpresleys.com

Dead Presleys simply want to play groove rock n’ roll music that gets people moving. Drawing from blues, punk rock, r&b, jazz, 80’s hair metal and pretty much everything else, Dead Presleys’ music keeps you tapping your toes and banging your head as they hit you with a blistering fuzz-rocker one minute and follow it up with a slow soul ballad the next. Kerry Sherman (Vocals/Guitar), Colton Gabel (Drums), Zach Reiter (Bass) and Tyler Cook (Guitar) plan to kick things into overdrive with the release of “Muses” and bring their brand of groove rock to as many people as possible.

Info available at thepubstation.com