The Memphis Strange, Mike & the Moonpies, Cactus Fuzz

The Memphis Strange

The Memphis Strange is an Austin, Texas-based good-timing, rocking little country band...or a yee-hawing, country-flavored rock & roll band. Either way. For further information, write the good people at Memphis Strange Int'l HQ. Or just make it up as you go.

Mike & the Moonpies

'The brand of country on "The Real Country," the debut album from Mike and the Moonpies, is extremely adaptable. Some of the music, like the steady blues bounce of "Water on the Rocks" or the relaxed Southern sway of "Matrimony," call for cordial two-stepping in an upscale dance hall. But if you were to hear the twangy romp of the title track's steel guitar riffs at, say, the band's Aug. 12 gig at the Mohawk, you couldn't help spilling your Lone Star before you scuttled across the dance floor.
It's fitting, then, that the Moonpies feel at home all over town. They're in their element among the rough-edged rock elites on Red River, but they also held the release party for "The Real Country" at the historic Continental Club, and they're veterans of the tiny Drag dive the Hole in the Wall. Ultimately, "The Real Country" is exactly what it claims to be — Texas country for Texans, played straight from the heart of Texas.'

Cactus Fuzz

When discussing the abomination that has become popular Country music. Five musicians dared to dream the impossible: bringing Top 40 Country back to the basics! Cactus Fuzz features a roster of seasoned Austin musicians from: Wisebird, The Beckham Brothers, King Corduroy, King Biscuit, Junior Brown, Ghosts Along the Brazos, Marshall Ford Swing Band; and pedal steel virtuoso Bob Hoffnar who has recorded and played with Norah Jones, Ryan Adams and Wayne "The Train" Hancock to name a few.


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