Nellie Wilson, Jailhouse Poets, The Ditchrunners

Nellie Wilson

Nellie Wilson was born to unwed parents in a trailer in an unincorporated town in rural Wisconsin and grew up in unincorporated towns within a 20 mile radius of that first town. Ms. Wilson eventually made her way to the big city... yep, Madison, Wisconsin. It was there she met her future bandmates; Rusty Shackleford, Dancin’ Doc Franklin and Jed.

Ms. Wilson and Rusty Shackleford began writing country songs in November of 2009. Their shared affection for menthol cigarettes, shitty canned beer and all things tasteless helped the two craft songs through which Ms. Wilson’s beautiful voice shined and the listener’s mental state dimmed.

Dancin’ Doc Franklin and Ms. Wilson met at a private university where they were both book-learnin’ about music theories. During breaks from practicing voice leading and writing Neapolitan sixth chords, the Dancin’ Doc (so named because he can diagnose and treat any song with his prescribed guitar riffs and do a jig at the same time) and Ms. Wilson wrote country ditties together in the cafeteria.

With his natural ability to pick up on something good and drive it to be something great, Jed caught wind of the forming band and offered to them the only pounding service of his that would not land him in jail in 37 US states, his wonderful drumming.

Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys played their first show in January 2010. Many shows followed and almost exactly one year later, on January 5th, 2011, the band released its debut album, Taking the “O” Out of Country. Following the album's release, the band introduced themselves to the American Midwest with a short winter tour.

Each and every member of the band cut his or her musical teeth in punk bands. The band’s writing is influenced by everything from art music to classic country and metal which helps the band elicit a truly unique and interesting form of country music unlike anything propagated by popular “country” radio or television today.

If the good Lord's willing and the creeks don't rise, it'd be in the best interest of all those interested in not only country music, but independent music in general to check out Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys.

Jailhouse Poets

Americana Country Punk Rock n Roll band from Chicago, IL

The Ditchrunners

"From Stevens Point, these five guys must have had a love hate relationship with the country music they grew up with. They kept the country twang, and sometimes a bit of the hoe-down beat, but added a hard edge in the guitar work and palpable rebel-rousing attitude. Its more than Toby Keith country, but less than gritty southern metal, settling in a rebellious bluegrassy middle ground. Singing about whiskey, trucks, guns and girls, they sure know how to occasionally throw in some top notch vocal harmonies, without losing that outlaw edge.

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Wednesday, November 20 · 9:00 PM at High Noon Saloon