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Wednesday June 22 2022
 <<<< rescheduled from 6/23/21 << from 6/13/20
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
•••  21 AND OVER
Southern Culture On The Skids
 surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych
The Carolyn Sills Combo
Spaghetti Western Swing, Country, Americana

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 
-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