The Blue Note Presents
The Dirty River Boys
Logan Mize, Schuyler Prenger & The Dirt Road Junkies
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is all ages
The Dirty River Boys
You can tell a lot about a group of musicians by the name they give themselves.The Dirty River Boys make music with the type of sound and texture that is soaked in the realities of the hard-scrabble city they call home in the far west Texas desert. Members Nino Cooper, Travis Stearns, Marco Gutierrez and newest member Colton James on standup bass/banjo have become quickly renowned for their rousing live shows which feature the boys winning four-part harmonies and stout acoustic instrumentation.
Fans clamored for the release of the band's first two EPs, Long Cold Fall and Train Station, and buzz for their first full-length LP which is deafening. The live intensity of the Dirty River Boys is difficult to duplicate in a studio environment, but these Boys make that transition seamless. It take determination and talent to make waves when you come from the dust and dirt of El Paso, but the Dirty River Boys are continually proving they are up to the challenge. By utilizing traditional folk instruments with rock and bluegrass arrangements, they are blazing a trail paved by their own, unique style of music.
The Dirty River Boys style blows away any preconceived notions of what acoustic music can be. Harmonicas and fiddles cut melodies that blend with furious licks spilling from guitars and mandolins alongside explosive percussive rhythms all combined to create a whirling dervish of musicality.
"From the moment they took the stage, no one was able to take their eyes off the Dirty River Boys. Their unique blend of musical
styles and energy is almost overwhelming. A combination of being able to play any number of instruments very well, music you can relate to, original lyrics, along with a stage show that is high energy, makes for an evening you will not forget." -John Dickinson, The Iron Horse Pub
"The Dirty River Boys have done what seems impossible: they have combined timeless roots-music and country sensibilities into a mesh of haunting melody, searing performance energy and DIY attitude. For those who enjoy a little danger in their entertainment choices, the Dirty River Boys fit the ticket nicely." -Chris Mosser, 98.1 KVET Austin
"[I]f need be I will testify in court that the future of recklessabandonwildassnomercyrock&roll is in good hands with the Dirty River Boys"
-Ray Wylie Hubbard
Logan Mize weaves yarn with equal measures elegance (“Sunflowers”) and energy (“I Remember Everything”). Evidence: The Music City resident’s buoyant Nobody in Nashville. Mize’s fiery new collection backs earthy (“Good Life”) and ethereal narratives (“The State of Your Heart”) and with richly detailed storytelling (“Hey Carolina”). At peaks, the 26-year-old balances heartache (“High-N-Dry”) and hope (“Rock and Roll Band”) with insightful wisdom gained through personal experience. “I got married about a year and a half ago,” Mize says. “So, pre-marriage heartbreak songs and post-marriage happy songs are mixed together. I wanted them to have a timeless feel.”
The rapidly rising songwriter undoubtedly has succeeded. Nobody in Nashville fuels both punchy country (“I Give In”) and raw rock and roll (“Ball and Chain”) with an intangible everyman appeal. “Logan has that great gift of authenticity,” says Daniel Tashian, who co-wrote four songs and co-produced the new album (due March 13). “Like those poets of the heartland that came before him – Dylan, Petty, Mellencamp – his images are real and hard-won. He's not making up words; these are the pictures of his life.” One legend particularly helps the Kansas native craft his singular story.
“Tom Petty’s my favorite songwriter both melodically and lyrically,” Mize admits. “There’s a lot of times I’m listening to Echo or the Wildflowers record and go, ‘I want something that sounds like that.’ So, I pull from places like that, but I definitely don’t want to try to think about anybody else when I’m writing. I want to pull straight from my own head. I keep it my own for sure.” His mission statement emerges in the seamless title track. “I’m just three chords and twelve hundred miles,” he sings defiantly as mushrooming drums and spiky guitars punctuate his point, “from telling the whole world the honest truth.”
Mize’s lofty aim pays high dividends: The singer-songwriter has shared stages with boldfaced names like Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Billy Currington, Pat Green, Stoney LaRue and the Charlie Daniels Band. In fact, his high-octane live show, infectious melodies and distinctive vocals have turned heads throughout Nashville and beyond. “You know it’s Logan on a song,” says celebrated songwriter Liz Rose (Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning “White Horse”), who co-wrote “I Remember Everything” with Mize and Tashian. “Nobody sounds like him, so real and so much grit!” Bucky Covington was so taken by Mize’s song “Mexicoma” that he recorded it on his album Live from Rockingham and frequently anchors shows around the boozy border travelogue.
Mize takes such achievements in even stride. He’s far more concerned about more artistically fulfilling goals. “Oh, sure, it’d be great to get a Tim McGraw cut,” says the staff writer for Nashville powerhouse Big Yellow Dog. “But I just want to write good songs and I hope people like them. I like to paint a picture that’s easy to look at and is just something that feels good and has vivid imagery.” Stellar song craft runs deep in his blood: Logan counts Billy Mize, longtime Merle Haggard steel guitarist and pioneer of the Bakersfield sound, as kin. The connection once landed him onstage before The Hag himself. “They called me to come out and play a couple songs at my uncle Billy’s 80th birthday party at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield,” Logan Mize recalls. “I was getting ready to go up and play and there was this interview playing with Haggard talking about Billy Mize’s songwriting. He said that his favorite Billy Mize song was called ‘Who Will Buy the Wine’ and that’s the song I had to play. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Afterward, Haggard gave me the nod like, ‘You don’t suck that bad.’”
Schuyler Prenger & The Dirt Road Junkies
Coming from a small town in Missouri, Schuyler Prenger began playing music at about 20 years old. Now he has a band known as Schuyler Prenger and the Dirt Road Junkies. Kameron Reams who grew up in the same town and served in the military now is the drummer, Chris Southern the lead player is from Rolla, MO he has played in many bands under many different genres and it shows, Hunter O'Donnell from Jefferson City is an amazing bass player at just 21 years old, the band has opened up for many of artist's, to name a few Mike Mclure Band, John D. Hale Band, and many more so if your ever in the area check them out!
Tickets Available at the Door
A limited quantity of reserved balcony tables are available by request at our box office or by calling (573) 874 1944. Please note that you must purchase all four tickets at the table for a reservation. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE 21, please be prepared to pay a $2 cash minor surcharge at the door in addition to purchasing a ticket.
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