The Whiskey Gentry, The Defibulators
The Quixote Project
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
This event is 21 and over
The Whiskey Gentry
Paste Magazine was dead-on when they called The Whiskey Gentry a toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum." Formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, The Whiskey Gentry is a group of seasoned veterans to put things mildly, some of the finest pickers and musicians the Southeast has to offer. A recent finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest, Staley's natural gifts with words and her powerful lead vocal abilities complement the bands edgy interpretation of an otherwise traditional sound. All of this, coupled with a commanding and high-energy live performance, sets the bar for the way todays country music ought to sound honest, tight, daring, and void of pretension.
The Defibulators, described alternately as “Hee-Haw on mescaline” and “CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry,” will release Debt’ll Get’em,’ the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 debut ‘Corn Money,’ on August 27th. Recorded in Woodstock with D. James Goodwin and Eli Walker and Brooklyn with co-producer Brian Bender (Langhorne Slim, Jose James), the album is an au courant, urban take on classic country, channeling the frenetic energy of their legendary live shows into tight, punchy hooks and foot-stomping sing-alongs.
From “Pay For That Money,” a pedal steel and fiddle lament about debt, to “Ponytail Run,” a dreamy ode to beauty just out of reach, the album is full of gorgeous harmonies and razor-sharp wit. “Everybody’s Got a Banjo” is a biting, 70′s swamp funk-inspired nod to the instrument’s recent ubiquity (“If you don’t know how to play it, well it still looks cool”), and “Cackalacky” is the tongue-in-cheek story of an Appalachian musician who moves to New York City to make it big in roots music.
The band’s boundless energy and infectious sense of joy onstage earned them a nod as one of Brooklyn’s best emerging bands in Vice Magazine, and a devoted following in a city not known for its love of country. “It’s most fun to play for people who don’t think they like country music,” says singer Erin Bru. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bug Jennings agrees, adding, “There’s something about the fast-paced, frantic, neurotic energy of New York that makes our style work.”
The band garnered immediate critical notice for their debut in 2009, with New York Magazine raving that “[Bug] and singer Erin Bru slip into harmonies that recall the storied Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris duets,” Under the Radar hailing it as “a boozy concoction worth swigging until last call,” and Pop Matters describing it as “a drunken square dance on speed.”
The Quixote Project
The Quixote Project is a neo-roots music outfit. From Rock to Rockabilly, Bluegrass to Blues we like to pull from traditional genres to blur the fine lines of modern music. "Frontman Jeff Selby and a revolving cast of musicians have distilled the multi-genre sounds of a beachfront music festival into a remarkably cohesive live set, with hints of bluegrass, folk, and rock in a style that would be pigeonholed as “jam” if the songwriting wasn’t so explicitly pop-oriented" says Dave Fox of MUSIC WITHOUT LABELS. We recently released our new album "BONE SHAKER" and are currently touring to support it. Most recently we were nominated as "NJ Indie Band Of The Year" by Tri State Indie, and our song "Tread Easy" was nominated for "Best Folk Song" by 93.7FM Hometown Heroes at the 9th annual Homey Awards.