Gas Monkey Live Presents
Hard Target, Jake Dexter, Jack Tasty
10110 Technology Blvd
Dallas, TX, 75220
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
You and I both know that America has been through a lot these past few years. Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe and Brian “Rooster” King know it better than most. But as The Lacs, they’ve had a unique view of where we’ve been, where we’re going — and what parts of our identity haven’t changed at all.
On American Rebelution, their aptly titled sixth album, The Lacs take all that they’ve witnessed, roll it up in a unique sound they call “dirt rock” and lay down the truth as they see it. Yes, these 12 tracks stand on the hip-hop/country/Southern rock bedrock Snap and Rooster pioneered along with a handful of other innovators. But that’s just the beginning of this story.
Nearly 20 years ago, these proud sons of Baxley, Georgia, unleashed their first beats and ripped through their first rhymes. Since then they’ve headed down highways far from the hometown dirt roads, watching landscapes roll past on the way to their next shows. Over time their venues got bigger, their audiences more diverse. They still play the mud parks for their longtime fans, but lately they’ve noticed differences in the crowds they’re drawing.
“That’s awesome,” Brian rumbles over the phone from their bus, en route to wherever joint he and Clay will be rockin’ in a few hours. “It feels great when people come up and say that because of our music they went to a mud park for the first time. I’m like, ‘Don’t you wish you’d done it years ago?’”
He laughs, a gully-deep chuckle as Clay jumps in. “It’s definitely no disrespect for anybody that don’t live our lifestyle, but this is us and everybody who comes to our shows is just like family. We’ve learned a lot from our fans over the past few years.”
Much of what they’ve learned courses throughout American Rebelution. The soul of The Lacs is right where it’s always been, front and center in their music, infused by pride in their country, love for their family, an inclination toward rowdy celebration and an unexpected tenderness when it comes to the ladies in their lives. What’s different is how they color these qualities, with a wider palette than they’ve ever used before.
“This album was different because we used four different producers for the first time,” Clay explains. “We realized that you can’t just stay with the same sounds forever. You can’t stay one-dimensional. You’ve got to evolve. It’s a fine line to walk while still being true to yourselves.”
They walked that line without a misstep. A stinging electric guitar lick and mellow electric piano on “Redneck as Me,” old-school steel and fiddle on the romantic “One More,” retro organ and front-porch banjo on “I’m Good,” an electronic pulse punctuated by the ominous click of a gun being cocked on the title cut — The Lacs have widened their scopes but stayed focused on what they believe.
“For the most part, we write about home,” Brian says. “That’s why we do our writing back in Georgia. We’ll write about things we’ve seen on the road but even then, it’s about how we see them because of who we are and where we’re from.”
Home, on American Rebelution, is where you kick it with your friends, on a mellow afternoon in “Lake Somewhere” or a wild Friday night in “Drink as a Team.” It’s spending time with your family where you grew up, in their “white trash trailer on a dirt road” (“My Kinfolks”). It’s the satisfaction you feel when you can persuade an “uptown girl” to reconsider her ways (“Now I’ve got her listening to Merle and I think she might be changing her mind,” Clay slyly suggests on “Redneck as Me.”) It’s that edgy underside of braggadocio when comparing the size of your truck to someone else’s on the metaphorical “Mine’s Bigger.” Sometimes home is where you’ve passed your limit and drunkenly improvise the latest chapter of The Lacs’ ongoing epic, “Great Moments in Redneck History.”
It’s also a place where you invite your fellow artists to challenge you, inspire you and let them feel the energy bounce back from you in the studio. Cympleman and Hard Target trade verses with Brian on “Happens Every Time” in a volley of sizzling rhymes. Hard Target returns with another fiery guest shot on “Her Way,” a reflection on love lost delivered over a snapping beat and sweetened by rhythmic mandolin. And on “Jack in My Coke” The Lacs welcome two longtime heroes for the first time.
“We’ve been fans of Montgomery Gentry for a long time,” Brian points out. “We first opened up for them five or six years ago before a NASCAR race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. We’ve always wanted to work with them but we didn’t have the perfect song until now.”
“It’s not like we wrote this with them in mind,” Clay adds. “It’s just that when we wrote this, it was like, ‘Man, they would sound great singing on this!’”
Above all else, home is where everything The Lacs do begins and ends. They still live near where they were born; you can sense it in every note the sing and word they say. “You want to make the folks back home proud when they listen to you,” Clay says.
This means not trading in what you know and who you are for something glitzier or trendier. It’s being true to yourself and trusting people will notice. That’s been borne out so far, as The Lacks have already passed half a billion streams on Pandora.
“None of that has come from radio or big publicity campaigns,” Clay insists. “It’s all from our fans telling other people about our music.”
“And those new fans have been coming around,” Brian says. “People are starting to get tired of this so-called pop country. They want something a little more hard-core, something that comes from rock ’n’ roll and the kind of country we had back in the Nineties.”
“There’s always gonna be old-school country fans ain’t never gonna accept rap,” Clay notes. “But the people who do give this music a change, it can touch them in a way they’ve never experienced before.”
Which takes us back to the top: America has been through a lot recently. But all the changes we’ve weathered have only sent us back toward the things that endure, the beliefs that anchor us and tie us together. The Lacs have always known that. That rings truer than ever throughout this American R
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Jake started out as a percussionist and at the age of 15 when he got an opportunity to do his first professional tracking with a local band and Producer Steve Browne from Big Time Audio. This ignited his love for music and shortly after he started gigging weekly with local groups playing between 2-4 shows every week.
For the next couple of years Jake picked up numerous instruments including the guitar, bass, organ, piano, accordion, and mandolin. From the ages of 19 - 24 Jake spent months touring part-time and full-time as a professional keyboardist for different local and nationally known groups. Over the past 8 years Jake has played hundreds of shows all over the United States and parts of Europe as a instrumentalist for other groups as well as performing his own music.
During these years of touring Jake played on over 40 radio singles and albums with various groups and has produced a number of records through his own production company. Jake now does all his own recording, producing, editing, engineering, mixing and mastering. In his free time Jake does what ever he can to help out local artists get up off their feet.
With hard work and dedication Jake has made a name for himself in the industry as a professional pianist and between performing his own music and playing keys for other artists he has had the opportunity to open up for and share the stage with artists Nelly, Chris Young, Matt White, SleeperStar, Randy Rogers, Josh Abbott, Chiddy Bang, Jillian Edwards, David Ryan Harris, Roger Creager, The Secret Handshake, Jack Ingram, Kevin Fowler, Chris Rice, Fiction Plane, Aaron Watson, Mike Studd, Bart Crow along with many others.
Through years of experience playing, writing, and composing, Jake has found his own unique style by using his skills as a keyboardist to mix spoken word poetry with live soul and alternative rock. With this, Jake released his debut album "Clockwork" in 2014 which brought such a buzz that Jake gained over 100,000 combined social media followers in just 14 months. Now with the release of his album "Echoes" which reached number #7 on the New Release Best Sellers iTune charts, Jake is starting to get more regional and national attention from radio stations, blogs, and Television outlets.
After living in Austin and spending time on the road for 5 years as a keyboardist for other groups, Jake moved back to his home town of Dallas TX two years ago to focus on pushing his project, and after months of auditions Jake has finally found the perfect group of solid gifted musicians to join him on stage. Jake and his group The Main Street Sound now strive to put on a high-energy unforgettable performance at every show, giving a whole new outlook on live music.
"Music is my life, and I gave it everything I have. There is no going back now. Without these keys, I am nothing but a broken dream". said Jake in a recent interview. With the heart and soul that Jake and his group possess, it seems like nothing will stop them from making Jake Dexter and the Main Street sound, a household name.
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Just to get things rolling, we got together in Nov.of 2016 & the musics jelled...
We are a band of seasoned musicians, each with our own flare and unique set of tools. Together we bring a lot of rock n roll to the table. We all live and love the Dallas music scene. We write, record and perform our own music our on way. We are NOT a cover or tribute band. Jack Tasty considers itself a straight forward rock band with funk fusion and southern roots. We love to play live. There's no better feeling than to give your all on stage in front of new people. Its so vulnerable, and risky to lay your soul out for everyone to see and hear, but it divides the lions from the sheep and the feeling is priceless. The band, has its first CD ready to go to the mastering faze with another CD already in the works. We are currently booking local shows, then plan a short state wide tour soon. If you haven't seen this band, you gotta check us out live! Look for us at your local live music venue
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$20 Advance/ $24 Day of Show/ $40 Premier Red Room/ $200 Premier Tables/ $600 Premier Cabanas