An Evening With
Thursday, November 14, 2019
18+ $5 // 21+ FREE
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