Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Saturday June 13
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
Southern Culture On The Skids
rock and roll
The Carolyn Sills Combo
Spaghetti Western Swing
Southern Culture On The Skids
-from Chapel Hill, NC
-Southern Culture On The Skids has been consistently recording and touring around the world since its inception in 1983, when Rick Miller was a grad student at UNC-Chapel Hill. The current lineup (Dave Hartman – drums; Mary Huff – bass and vocals; Rick Miller – guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years. The band’s musical journey has taken them from all-night NC house parties to late night network talk shows, and from performing at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan to rockin’ out for the inmates at NC Correctional Facilities. Their music has been featured in movies and TV, and used to sell everything from diamonds to pork sausage, and their legendary live shows are a testament to the therapeutic powers of foot-stomping, butt-shaking rock and roll.
SCOTS’ DIY roots go all the way back to the days of making cassette demos in the dirt floor basement of the original band house. “It was a beat down house we found in the woods, covered in kudzu vines”, Rick recalls. “We hunkered down there and came up with the sound and ideas we’ve been refining and tweaking ever since; a blue plate special of musical genres, all mixed together to give up new flavors and combinations.”
The Carolyn Sills Combo
Charlie Joe Wallace
-from Santa Cruz, CA
-Here’s a great idea to set to music: what is the backstory for each of the characters in “El Paso,” the Marty Robbins country classic tale of heartbreak, revenge and an untimely death?
This could be a recipe for disaster and ridicule from the songwriting community and fans of Robbins’ epic narrative. Thankfully, the Carolyn Sills Combo delivers with Return To El Paso, a 5-song EP that packs a well-crafted storyline, spot-on musical rhythms, stacked ascending and descending harmonies and lovingly accurate acoustic guitar and pedal steel licks. Sills’ precursor to that fateful night at Rosa’s Cantina is told from each character’s perspective and vividly bursts through the speakers in full CinemaScope visual and sonic detail.
“El Paso has always been such a cinematic song to me,” says Sills. As a kid I would imagine the characters in my head, watching the story unfold like a spaghetti western film. I always wanted more. I thought it would be a fun challenge to create more background stories for Marty’s characters.”
A galloping acoustic guitar rhythm sets the tone of the fateful encounter that’s in store on the leadoff track “Feleena.” Sills and her band skillfully and subtly enter one by one into the song, while the narrator warns “Oh Feleena why can’t you just stay away.”
“I never felt a personal connection to any of the characters, but I found them all fascinating. I believed that Feleena, with her wicked ways, orchestrated the entire drama, manipulating the men involved and sealing their fates. The Ranger who shoots the narrator (Marty) at the end of “El Paso” has his own unique perspective, and I wanted to tell his version of what happened right before and after ‘one final kiss and Feleena, goodbye.’ And, of course, we can’t forget the horse that is stolen out the back of Rosa’s Cantina.”
“The Handsome Young Stranger” introduces us to the unlucky victim, with Egan plucking tasty reverb-laden guitar licks that echo Kenny Vaughan’s playing with Lucinda Williams. “The Handsome Young Stranger was always so intriguing, as his life span in El Paso takes place within four lines, but he’s so important to the plot,” Sills adds. “I felt that he must have a history with Feleena, and I used what we learned from Marty’s 1966 release, “Feleena (From El Paso)” to write his story.”
“I’m Not Crying (I Just Rubbed Jalapenos in My Eyes)” is a sad and contemplative lament from Feleena, revealing her internal turmoil over her no-win love triangle, set against a lilting cowboy waltz rhythm and Grady Martin-style acoustic guitar fills.
Sills (bass, vocals) and her band, which includes her husband Gerard Egan on guitar and vocals, Charlie Joe Wallace on steel guitar, Sunshine Jackson on vocals, percussion and Jimmy Norris on drums recorded Return To El Paso in Joshua Tree with acclaimed producer/engineer Sylvia Massy (Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty).
“We were introduced to Sylvia through a mutual contact, when I had referenced Rick Rubin’s recording of Johnny Cash’s “When the Man Comes Around,” and how we had hoped to capture some of that feeling. Sylvia had worked on that album and we were thrilled to be introduced. She liked our previous work and the concept of this record and was excited to record it with us. We got it done in two days and loved every minute spent with her.”
This 5-song EP packs a punch, with a terrific concept and no wasted musical notes or lyrics. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll shout at your speakers “Feleena, don’t go to the cantina.” - Robert Dye, American Songwriter
“I think it’s Grammy-worthy,” producer Sylvia Massy told Guitar Girl Magazine. “It’s so well-done.”
(Click here to read Sylvia Massy’s interview in Guitar Girl Magazine, about the Return to El Paso recording project.)
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"Sills and her eclectic combo took to the stage like old pros, as their professional, fun and charming manner won the crowd over in a heartbeat. This is by far one of the coolest shows I’ve been to in quite a while." – Paste Magazine
The Carolyn Sills Combo is an award winning country & western group based in Santa Cruz, CA. Winners of the 2018 Ameripolitan award for Western Swing Group of the Year, their new Marty Robbins-inspired album ‘Return to El Paso’ is climbing the Alt-Country, Americana and Country radio charts. Known for their signature ‘spaghetti western swing’ style, the five piece group has been touring extensively throughout the US over the last few years, logging 35,000 on their tour van since 2018. The Combo balances three part vocal harmonies with dueling guitar and non-pedal steel with witty, original song writing. The band has shared the stage with Dale Watson, Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky, Southern Culture on the Skids, Don Edwards and James Hand, to name a few.
"The Carolyn Sills Combo is an all-around attention getter with their flawless brand of Americana meets Folk-Country." - No Depression