Bloodshot Bill and Tigerman WOAH
With Western Terrestrials
Saturday, October 12, 2019
BLOODSHOT BILL started in his hometown of Montreal around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board. Since then, he’s had over 30 releases throughout Europe and North America. Touring constantly, he has collaborated with such acts as THE 22.214.171.124.’s, JON SPENCER, KING KHAN, beat poet CHARLES PLYMELL, MARK SULTAN, DEKE DICKERSON, and SHANNON SHAW. Plays well with others but is known mostly for his One Man Band act. Artist JOE COLEMAN once called him “a cross betwen Jimmie Rodgers & Popeye”, and director JOHN WATERS says he’s “like Roy Orbison with a head wound”. He’s been in movies too, usually playing himself. Has won FME’s Coup De Coeur in 2007, and has more recently been a 3x-nominee for an AMERIPOLITAN award.
Tigerman Woah is a rock and roll band from Lynn, MA thats been singing and hollering and stomping their working class boots since 2012. With a sound somewhere between Woody Guthrie and Motörhead, they have taken the trendy nostalgia for the great early music of the U.S. South and Appalachia and combined it with the punk and rock and roll they were raised on. The upright bass and banjulele create a folky addition to the otherwise raucous lead guitar, drums, and gang vocals. Their live shows are an energetic crucible of aggression and tenderness, marked by audience participation, flying hair, and heavy beer drinking. What started as a couple of underemployed friends learning songs off the American Anthology of Folk Music and the George Mitchell Collection has become a locally celebrated brotherhood dedicated to making music that moves people into mosh pits and onto picket lines. Since the band formed around their first EP in June of 2012 they’ve put out four more releases and played hundreds of shows, mostly around the northeastern U.S.
Western Terrestrials are a band of hard driving honky-tonk outsiders from Vermont, described by Seven Days as “a rowdy and entertaining spin on honky-tonk that should satisfy country purists and progressives alike by hewing to sonic traditions and writing with modern sensibilities.”
The band recently released their debut record, The Clearlake Conspiracy, recorded at Cinderella Sound Studios, the oldest working studio in Nashville. Run by legendary Nashville Cat session musician Wayne Moss. The studio has recorded the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Roger Miller, Porter Wagoner, Guy Clark, Bobby Bare, Jerry Reed, Marty Stuart, Buddy Emmons, and many more.
The album’s nine tracks pay tribute to classic country, while simultaneously muscling the genre firmly forward into new territory. Offering enough lyrical allusions and familiar riffs to please outlaw country fans, the album refuses to be content dwelling in the past. Instead, The Clearlake Conspiracy imagines an alternate history where the current mainstream bro-country malaise is stricken from the timeline. In doing so, the band places itself firmly in a lineage of renegades that threw a wrench in the works of the Music City machine, a line that runs from Buddy Holly to Waylon Jennings, from Hank to Lucinda Williams, and contemporary interlopers like Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers.
“For over a decade now, Pariah Beat had been one of my favorite Vermont based acts… bandleader Nick Charyk has embarked on a new project, an outlaw country / honky tonk act dubbed Western Terrestrials. I’m all in for the WT’s authentic sound that pays homage to the likes of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, George Jones and other icons of “real” country music.” – Ed Dufresne, Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
“Nick Charyk knows his honky-tonk history… More important than cramming in the references is nailing the sound of classic outlaw country, which his band Western Terrestrials does with aplomb. The lyrics attack modern pop-country, but you could tell these guys aren’t Blake Shelton superfans just by listening to the way they play.” – Ray Padgett, County Tracks
“Charyk and Western Terrestrials channel the spirit of classic country in a way that honors the genre’s timeless appeal.” – Dan Bolles, Seven Days