Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers is a lively, hard-working bunch who spent most of the last year playing 120+ shows across the east coast and southern U.S. tearing through everything from tiny dive bars to festival stages to theaters with a brand of soulful rock n' roll music that takes it's roots, puts it in a blender and pours out that good old feeling made for today. They just completed their second full-length studio album, “The Maybe Boys” with producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) looking to be released in spring 2013. They made appearances at Rachael Ray’s House Party at SXSW in 2012, CMJ, XPoNential Music Festival and have shared the stage with notable acts such as Dr. Dog, The Felice Brothers, The Walkmen, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jonny Corndawg, J. Roddy Walston and The Business and many more. USA Today called Toy Soldiers the “Top Band to Watch in 2013”.
From it's beginning as a duo started by Ron Gallo in 2007, to it's era of fluctuating cast of players and it's eventual growth into a solid 5-piece band consisting of Gallo (lead vocals, guitar), Dominic Billett (drums), Bill McCloskey (bass), Matt Kelly (guitar), and Luke Leidy (keys), Toy Soldiers love a good song and dance with no pretense and no wall between the band and audience (literally, as members often times end up in the crowd).
Their first record, "Whisper Down the Lane" was described by WXPN’s Bruce Warren as a "gritty, dirty collection of liquor-fueled Americana music. Shifting flawlessly from roots, to blues, to country, to rockabilly…an undeniable barn-burner". Their follow-up self-produced "Get Through the Time" EP was a look into the more pensive and heartfelt side of the songwriting. While, their most recent release, a split EP with good friend/Nashville artist Jordan Hull, embraces the communal, live aspect of the band (having been recorded all live in Nashville in April 2011).
Toy Soldiers are in this for the long haul and have no intention of slowing their roll as they move ahead into the next year with a new record and tireless touring plans to spread the music and inevitable good times.
Band Interests

Andrew Combs is a Texas songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. His brand of country-folk looks back to Guy Clark and Mickey Newbury's heyday in Nashville. Following the success of the self-released 2010 EP, Tennessee Time, Coin Records released the 7-inch "Big Bad Love" in April 2012. While the EP displayed a decidedly Nashville sound, "Big Bad Love" and b-side "Take It From Me" reveal a ballsier side—a folk-rock sound with nods to rough-and-tumble Chicago blues and Planet Waves-era Dylan. Combs' live show was once described as a cross between the stripped-down country-rock of Merle Haggard and the tightly wound garage-punk of Detroit's MC5. They call it country soul swag, and you should too.

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Toy Soldiers with Andrew Combs

Thursday, July 25 · 7:00 PM at Chameleon Club