Summit County bar bands: Sam Holt Band, electronic funk, indie country
Ryan Summerlin February 23, 2012
Who: Sam Holt Band
Where: The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern, Keystone
Home base: Denver/Boulder
Type of music: Original rock ‘n’ roll with county and psychedelic overtones.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Legos, because there is some structure, but you can make it into something that is significant to you.
How do you keep it fresh? Try to make each other play beyond our expectations.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Spanky, our bass player, used to carry the robes and ring attire for professional wrestlers “The Fabulous Freebirds.”
Who: Head for the Hills
Where’d the name come from? An episode of Looney Tunes: It’s a Bugs Bunny line.
Home base: Fort Collins
Type of music: Forward-thinking bluegrass and etcetera.
Why do people love ya? We play an eclectic mix of original songs, covers, traditionals and standards that keep the night varied and people moving.
How do you keep it fresh? Rise and repeat.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Our bassist Matt got electrocuted through a microphone in Chicago once – not fun!
Where’d the name come from? It’s a play on words with my name Jonah. Back in North Carolina I used to have a band called J.A.W.S, which served as an acronym for Jonah’s Anti-Whaler’s. Then when I went solo in 2005, I kept my J and changed the whale to WAIL, which I felt justly expressed my passion for playing and wailin’ on that guitar!
Home base: Denver
Type of music: Live electronic funk, I guess. I always ask people what genre we are, so tell me if you know.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A dance floor that lights up and changes colors. Not the old skool disco ones, but ones made of those LED tiles. Oh and speaking of which, we have a new light show now.
How do you keep it fresh? I love to improvise. Many of our songs aren’t played the same way each time.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I almost ended up wearing very close to nothing on a Halloween night in Moscow, Idaho, playing in front of 500 people. My costume kinda sorta ripped off during the mayhem. OK, OK, I had something on.
Who: The Yawpers
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where’d the name come from? It’s from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” – “I will sound my barbaric yawp across the roofs of the world.” Our singer and songwriter Nate Cook likes to juxtapose the super high-brow with the super low-brow, and it comes out in our music, and his life.
Home base: Boulder, but we’re from Pittsburgh, Texas and Maryland originally. Everyone in Boulder is from somewhere else.
Type of music: We play an indie-rock version of country music – real Sun Studios country – that’s as explosive as it is down-home. Somewhere between Deer Tick and Johnny Cash, with a little Crypt Records punk thrown in.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our music would be Jesus reincarnated as a ’67 Chevy Nova Super Sport, picking up all the girls and listening to Johnny Paycheck on an 8-track. Why? Because it’s true.
Why do people love ya? Because we bring authentic country music to the stuffy new-rock world, with a dose of punk attitude. And if you’re a fan, you’re a drinking buddy too.
How do you keep it fresh? We bring a change of underwear on tour.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We played a dive bar in Manhattan, Kansas, recently and one audience member was so drunk that she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer after our drummer – me – wouldn’t dance with her during our set, which is a physical impossibility, so she came up and pulled me down from the stage and we tumbled into the audience. Luckily I was only bruised. We were also interrogated for 30 minutes each, separately, by a cop in Salt Lake City at 2 a.m. a few months ago because he refused to believe we were really musicians.