Nashville Pussy

True rock n' roll doesn't require definition. It's self-explanatory based on a gut feeling and the unconditional devotion to the musical genre. Nashville Pussy have celebrated their brand of genuine rock n' roll for more than a decade, in classic style at times, surprising at others, but always earthy, raw and unadulterated. The band's mastermind Blaine Cartwright (vocals, guitar), his wife Ruyter Suys (guitar), Karen Cuda (bass) and Jeremy Thompson (drums) make up Nashville Pussy.

Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band

A founding member of The .357 String Band and current member of the Goddamn Gallows, Jayke Orvis is ahead of his time even though he plays timeless music. The songs on his solo effort "It's All Been Said" are articles of the heart, exposing Orvis as a fragile, troubled soul. His depictions of love are raw and blue, the pages of his life littered throughout this album.

Don’t let the name fool you, Hank may have been born the bastard love child of hardcore honky-tonk and early 70s garage rock, but the beast has evolved into a true Southern, rock band drawing on influences from 38 Special to early Tom Petty and REM, all wrapped up in a punk rock sneer. Frontman Jeff Holshouser (lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar) is a Raleigh music veteran whose previous bands include Buddy Valentine and His Evening in Heaven, Snapperhead, and Big Dixie. Sharing lead guitar duties and backing vocals are the ultra-talented Sam Madison (Bloodmobile, Man Will Destroy Himself, The Bleeding Hearts) and local guitar hero Tommy Cooper, former lead guitarist for seminal NC rockers, The Stegmonds. Bassist Danny Kurtz (Whiskeytown and Phil Lee and the Sly Dogs) reunites with drummer Jeff “JD” Dennis to help refine Hank Sinatra’s current sound. Dennis and Kurtz comprised the original rhythm section of NC alt-country pioneers, The Backsliders.

The roller-coaster lives of these rock thoroughbreds shows through in their driving rhythms and walk-the-edge vocals. Holshouser says their latest release “A Year From Now” is by far the band’s most ambitious record. “While the majority of the record is a response to some very difficult times for all the band members, we definitely kept plenty of our trademark ‘tongue-in-cheekiness’ on hand,” he says. “Sometimes you’ve got to laugh to keep from crying.”

Joining Hank Sinatra for the album in studio were long-time drummer and friend, Freddy Jones (Big Dixie, Booty Call, Naugahyde Chihuahuas), bassist Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five, International Orange, Toxic Popsicle) and keyboard/piano master Greg Rice (The Cartridge Family, Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass Kicking Team).

”Hank Sinatra is a rowdy, rock-n-roll bar band and that will never change," says Holshouser. “This record taught us ways to take that same energy and figure out how to use it to deal with all the crap life can throw at you when the party’s over. Ultimately, that’s what allowed us to evolve in very personal ways but never lose sight of what we are at our most basic, five good friends in a rock band.”

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Nashville Pussy with Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band, Hank Sinatra

Saturday, October 5 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM at The Pour House Music Hall