Eleven Hundred Springs / Convoy & the Cattlemen / Sleepin' Rattlers

Eleven Hundred Springs

Listening to any effort from Eleven Hundred Springs, including latest Midway, is like having your cool uncle pull out his favorite albums. Matt Hillyer and crew have that old-school country sound down. When the band started up way back in 1998, some folks thought it was just guys imitating the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams, but over the course of nine albums, Eleven Hundred Springs have evolved into a tight unit of true believers. Songs like “I’m a S.O.B. (When I’m S-O-B-E-R)” and “Hard Work Just Ain’t Working Anymore” are not imitative of the band’s influences. They are authoritative narratives of rural America.

Eleven Hundred Springs shows a commitment to the true soul of country music — what Steve Earle calls real music. While they may not look like your conventional country (Disney Channel / reality show, etc) act, the tradition and spirit that make up true Americana is easy to see. It’s all about honesty and lack of pretense.

Convoy & the Cattlemen

Convoy and the Cattlemen arose from the city of Arlington, TX, in the heat of the summer of 2010. The six member ensemble, influenced largely by the energy of rock and roll, professional wrestling, pork tacos, and lots and lots of beer, consists of fearless leader and acoustic guitarist, Convoy Cabriolet, a smokin’ fast lead guitarist, Toker Ace, a head-bangin’ steel guitarist, Hawk Hawglund, a crazy little fiddler, Tandy Hyde, a bona-fide-insane bass fiddler, Slappin' Jimmy, and an out-of-control drummer, Little Big Lech. Together this team of comrades has taken the country-western and punk scene by storm with their one-of-a-kind, highly energetic performance. Convoy and the Cattlemen will be pressing their first set of original tunes to vinyl in the spring of 2013, long after rummaging up one of the best, biggest, and diverse groups of loyal fans in North Texas. Convoy and the Cattlemen have warmed up crowds for the likes of Junior Brown, Nick 13, Eleven Hundred Springs, Two Tons of Steel, and the Whiskey Folk Ramblers and churned up madness of their own doing, on some of the best stages Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas have to offer. You better believe country-western will never be the same. YEE-HAW!!!

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