Mar 6, 2015:
On Friday night Skooters Bar welcomed Kris Hitchcock and Small town Son to the barn stage.
Hitchcock and the majority of the band members hail from Michigan and recently moved to Nashville.
Hitchock has his own album out “American Fire” and has held several Caribbean cruises where he and the band were the headline act.
Hitchcock has opened for greats such as Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Eric Church, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Randy Houser, Frankie Ballard, and Joe Nichols to name only a few.
I was confused by his voice at first, it wasn’t quite Southern but also wasn’t quite Northern. After the show Hitchcock joked with me, “I’m trying to avoid that southern drawl since I’m from Michigan, but sure enough week by week it gets further south. Right now I sound like I’m from Southern Indiana”.
Hitchcock has this tone and qualities that some seasoned veterans don’t even have. It is this mix of smooth southern comfort and this rock grit and it’s just a magical combination.
Hitchcock was selected for the ASCAP 2013 GPS program, a program dedicated to pairing young writers with veteran publishers. Hitchcock then received the Leon Brettler Songwriter Award through ASCAP.
Every week they travel somewhere around 2,000 miles on their 14 passenger bus covering 8 states in the Midwest.
Hitchcock and band members, Mark (drums), Evan (Lead guitar), and Jimmy (Bass) have the best energy I have seen from a band since starting the Road House Review at the beginning of Feb.
The band played country all the way back to “Rocky Top Tennessee” and is the first act I’ve seen at Skooters who played what every lady is looking to dance to on a Friday night, “Shake it for Me” by Luke Bryan.
He also performed several of his own originals, my personal favorite being “Guns and Gravel”. It is a combination of country roots and classic rock and roll. It had the crowd moving and you can see his serious song writing skills portrayed in this song.
For a relatively slow night at Skooters it didn’t take Hitchcock long to get the dance floor filled with bodies.
I am looking forward to seeing these guys perform more at Skooters their energy is fantastic and no matter the amount of people in the crowd Hitchcock pours his heart out on stage.
There was even one point in the show where they brought up a patron celebrating his 21st birthday and had him perform his favorite song with them.
If you haven’t seen these guys play I’m telling you to jump on this train ASAP.
You can find more information about music, tour dates, and merchandise on Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son on their band page at: http://www.krishitchcockmusic.com/
Mar 7, 2015:
On Saturday Skooters Roadhouse had a packed bar lining up to see the Suburban Cowboys.
The band all goes by nick names, Hoss is lead vocals, acoustic Guitar, and banjitar, Firefly plays the fiddle, Thunder plays the drums, Slinger plays lead guitar and Tennessee Slim plays the bass guitar. Each Member of the band also perform vocals both lead and back up.
They are the most sought after country cover acts and headline over one hundred shows and have played in some of the most well-known local country honkytonks like Joe’s On Weed Street in Chicago and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar.
They have opened for so many prominent artists in the business including artists like Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann, Miranda Lambert, Big N Rich, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, Thompson Square, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Keith Anderson, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy, Dan & Shay, and Jimmie Van Zandt.
If you are looking for a good time and a great band you needn’t look any further between the ripping lead guitar riffs, classic country acoustic, perfect back beat, thumping bass, and the always wanted fiddle you won’t be sitting down the entire show.
Upon walking in during the sound check and hearing Firefly play the fiddle I was praying they would play the ultimate fiddle players song, “The Devil went down to Georgia”, and I was not disappointed. Not only did they play the song but they did the justice it deserved and I bet even Charlie Daniels himself would be proud.
These guys put on a show I can only describe as a boot stomping, rip roaring, and hair raising good time and it is a shame to miss the opportunity to see it.
They played songs like “Aw Naw”, “Copperhead Road”, “Boot Scoot and Boggie”, then finally closed the show with “Take it Easy” by the Eagles.
One of my favorite covers came from “Honkytonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins. They found a way to weave in everyone’s favorite butt song, “I like big Butts”. Not only did this tell you what country song was coming but it gave all of us a flash back to our childhood and of “one of those rap guy’s girlfriends”.
All things considered you have to get out and catch these guys at one of the local venues. You will not be disappointed.
To find out more about The Suburban Cowboys you can find tour dates, social media information, or even look through some photos on their website at: http://www.suburbancowboysband.com/home
I have also been published in National Geographic for an article I wrote about a Research trip with the Shedd Aquarium check it out: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/02/iguana-research-on-gaulin-cay-bahamas/