The Dirty River Boys
MIce and Rifles
2015 East Riverside
Austin, TX, 78741
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
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
MIce and Rifles
* mice and rifles was established in 2006 and released their debut EP “All Kites Up” which was hailed as a “morbid country masterpiece” by Austin Music + Entertainment Magazine and “a release that blindsides you with brilliance” by Austinsound.net.
* mentioned as one of The Austin Chronicle’s “Top 10 Bands To Watch” in 2007, mice and rifles earned an invitation to perform at the Big State Festival in Bryan, Texas with the likes of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen
* 2007′s sophomore EP “Beginner’s Luck” found the band “more unified and polished” while maintaining “its power in the percolating intensity of Kevin Brinkkoeter’s low growl…seething in a bittersweet scowl and furrowed by Phil McJunkins’ pedal steel.” Doug Freeman, The Austin Chroncle
* 2008 found mice and rifles performing regularly in Houston and Austin, maintaining their high-energy assault on “Alt-Country”, earning an invitation to perform at the Long Center for the Performing Arts 2008 Opening Gala
* Original tracks “Carefree Americans” and “Balance” where featured in the independent horror film “Live Animals” (Winner of Audience Choice Award at Memphis International Film Festival 2009)
* Original tracks “Carefree Americans” and “Storms” featured in the Independent Short “Ki-Hi-Ka Ste’: Life of Chief George Tall Chief”
* mice and rifles circulates among Austin and Houston venues including Stubb’s, The Mohawk, Lamberts, Frank, Rudyard’s and Club DeVille.
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