Live at Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue: Lydia Loveless

Live at Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue: Lydia Loveless

“If these songs are all true life testimonials, it’s a wonder Loveless isn’t in a mental institution or, worse, jail – maybe it’s the gift of song that is saving her soul…”-Chip Midnight

Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 21 year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors. When she got older, in the time-honored traditions of teenage rebellion, she turned her back on these roots, moved to the city (Columbus OH) and immersed herself in the punk scene, soaking up the musical and attitudinal influences of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Richard Hell to Hank III.

Indestructible Machine, Loveless' Bloodshot debut, combines heady doses of punk rock energy and candor with the country classicism she was raised on and just can't shake; it's an gutsy and unvarnished mash up. The rattletrap electricity in foggy mountain throwdowns like Bad Way To Go and Do Right may channel ground zero-era Old 97s, but the underlying bruised vulnerability comes across like Neko Case's tuff little sister. Can't Change Me, with its choppy, tense guitar tonality recalling Television's Richard Lloyd, stridently and stubbornly tells the world to stuff it, while More Like Them's muscular power pop hits on the classic rock and roll motif of the outsider; both could be anthems for blank generations along the rural routes everywhere. But she's also got the vocal nuances to pull off country soul well beyond her years on How Many Women, which could have been pulled right out of the strong-woman-wronged canon of Loretta Lynn, and Crazy, full of boozy heartache and the lilt of Appalachia.

Loveless's true-to-life testimonials hit and hit hard. Be it whiskey, men, god or alienation, Lydia takes them all on; they may kick, but she kicks back and, even though she stands 5' tall, when the barstools start flying, we want her on our side.

Fatback Circus is an Austin, Texas favorite, whose true talent and versatility has sparked comparisons to various modern, southern and classic rock bands. Playing four shows for SXSW in 2013 alone, they are undoubtedly on the verge of becoming a regional and national success. The sheer musical ability of this four-piece is very refreshing and a delight to listen to, yet the group's inescapable energy and passion should definitely be experienced up close and in person. The band's sound can be described as an eclectic mix of classic and modern rock with hints of roots rock, folk, blues and country.

Fatback Circus has had the honor of performing with bands such as The Flaming Lips, Seether, The Presidents of the United States of America, Default, Fastball, Thin Lizzy, The Burden Brothers, and Pepper. The band's music video, "Brain Damage" was featured in the South By Southwest music video showcase. The group also earned itself a spot on the 2009 Vans Warped tour after winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the bands competition.

Fatback Circus has a long history of performing together, each member having been born, raised, and musically baptized in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The group boasts twin brothers, Nathan and Aaron Campbell on lead vocals and lead guitar respectively, as well as rhythm section Garrett Ross and Dalton Chamblee. In 2002 the four moved to San Antonio where they quickly established themselves in the live music scene, headlining shows and opening for numerous national acts. Fatback Circus, over the past several years, has had several lineup changes, adding and subtracting members from the core four piece that it now and will forever remain. Initially a five piece with a different lead singer, Nathan and Aaron shared the title of "lead guitarist." The group then added two horn players and became a seven piece. Following the departure of the original lead singer, Nathan stepped in to fill the position. The group shed its horn players and finally took on their permanent and undoubtedly ideal identity as a rock solid quartet. Fatback Circus now resides in Austin, TX, where they continue to write, record, and perform songs that entertain their fans as well as themselves.

Under its belt, Fatback Circus has three full-length albums, "The Elephant King" (2006), "Dark World" (2009), and their most recent, self-titled "Fatback Circus" released in 2011. In addition, The group has turned out numerous music videos assisted by masterful direction from talents such as up and coming movie director, Jabbar Raisani ("Iron Man," "Predators," "Game of experienced up close and in person. The band's sound can be described as an eclectic mix of classic and modern rock with hints of roots rock, folk, blues and country.

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