The Wallace Brothers Band, The Citywide Specials
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is 21 and over
Barreling through the gates of country music, hellBounD glory, is justifying rightful ownership to the
BanD’s Declarative namesake. in Defining their sounD, DistilleD of equal parts meloDy anD Bar-room-thump, this reno, nv BaseD BanD is packing the house to a growing legion of fans coast to coast. front man anD songwriter, leroy virgil, explains; “we just really Dig the challenge of a new auDience. we’ll walk into a new room full of folks that haven’t hearD our music, play a 4 or 5 hour night, anD Drive away with more people that consiDer themselves fans. i’m not a flashy guy But i like showing off.”
the BanDs formation in 2008 was a graDuation of sorts for virgil who originally hails from aBerDeen, wa. relocating to reno in 2002, the singer jumpeD heaD-long into the nightlife of the Biggest little city in the worlD. this ‘nightlife’ haD an immeDiate impact on what woulD Become hellBounD glory’s material.
virgil explains reno’s influence, “i grew up in a hick-town By a lot of peoples stanDarDs. reno is just a hick-town with taller BuilDings anD Brighter lights. playing reno is like playing a 24 hour Dive Bar. no matter where i play, i’m never too far from home.”
virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the BounDaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing fielD. when askeD to DescriBe the BanD’s signature sounD, virgil proclaims, “country music was a Big influence on the rock music i wrote when i was younger anD still in aBerDeen. that same rock music echoes a Bit in my country western music toDay. we’re really not afraiD to piss off any of either genre’s purists. we’re just out there Being ourselves!” in fact, hellBounD glory songs resounD with equal parts wit anD humor. an unaBBreviateD anD honest
statement of the worlD we live in toDay.
The Wallace Brothers Band
The Wallace Brothers Band featuring Lucky Pham on the Pedal Steel Guitar, is a
musical group best known for their unique fusion of honkytonk/traditional country,
folk, and elements of improvisational rock and roll and jazz. The band has had the
honor of sharing the stage with artists such as Rusted Root, Ricky Skaggs, Lucky Tubb,
Bobby Bare Jr., David Bromberg, and Frog Holler, and have also been fortunate to
have worked with Robert Hunter of The Grateful Dead, Mickey Melchiondo of WEEN, Evan Dando of The Lemonheads
and Leon Rhodes of The Ernest Tubb Band.
The Citywide Specials
In 2001 a weekly bluegrass picking session started in a bar above an Ethiopian restaurant in West Philadelphia. These general good times featured a regular rotation of more than six musicians. The band began venturing out from the bar to play gigs around the city as, The Flat Possum Boys. A few years passed, members of the band came, went, and came again and the jam congealed into a five piece ensemble that now had performed such venues as, The Tin Angel and The Tweeter Center. Pleased with their new direction, the Possums re-branded themselves The Citywide Specials. With a carefully balanced ratio of six-hundred gigs to nine practices, the "Specials" (Eliza Hardy Jones, Nikolai Fox, Larry Maltz, Jim Kydonieus & Kevin James Holland) have cultivated a sound that will never be accused of being slick, but opts for the stark honesty of the band's country music heros. Presenting songs and tunes on fiddle, dobro, string bass, guitar and mandolin, the band draws from the well of traditional American music, including a healthy dose of originals (written by Holland) which lose themselves easily amongst the old favorites.
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