Hillgrass Bluebilly was founded in 2005 by Keith Mallette and Ryan Tackett in Phoenix, AZ. The original intent was to promote roots music in Phoenix and put on killer shows. They created a movement there and have had such acts as Bob Log III, Ralph Stanley, The Weary Boys, Larry and His Flask, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and a whole lot more. The promotion outlet eventually morphed into a record label releasing critically acclaimed albums by Possessed By Paul James, James Hand, Tom VandenAvond, Left Lane Cruiser to name a few. Additionally, winner of an independent music award for best concept album which is a compilation put together featuring covers of Hank Williams and Leadbelly tunes entitled “Hiram and Huddie“.
We’re doing our best here in Southern California to carry the torch and further on the tradition as well as help create a culture and bring a revival to roots music in Southern California.
Read more about when we started in 2012 here:
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Texas label Hillgrass Bluebilly believes in just about what you’d think—or hope—they believe, which is a shotgun marriage of roots, Americana, country, punk, folk and rock, all delivered by bands that’d actually seem pretty at home hoisting a shotgun, should the occasion demand. Their Hello-California! show is helmed by the perfectly selected Restavrant, who even with a couple guys on deck are still very much in the tradition of one-maniac-bands like Hasil Adkins and Bob Log III. It’s hollerin’ amplified by electricity, and it’ll rush through your brain like a jar of white lightning. Also on the bill are LA’s RT n’ the 44s, doing their own ramshackle country with instruments they built themselves. A good ol’ fashioned Sunday kick-in-the-ass!
Sun., Oct. 14, 3 p.m., 2012
From the headquarters, www.hillgrassbluebillyrecords.com:
We are proud to welcome a new Hillgrass Bluebilly chapter in southern California!
This event marks the kickoff of the Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California Chapter and we are thrilled to have 2 of our favorite bands from the area, LOS DUGGANS and RESTAVRANT! Also
just added! Soda Gardocki, RT N’ the 44′s and Peewee Moore & the Awful Dreadful Snakes!
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at Alex’s Bar at 2913 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, California 90804. There will be a limited edition CDs available at this show that features RestavRant and Los Duggans
covering the songs of Johnny Cash & R.L. Burnside.
The CD art was made courtesy of Erika Jane Mallette, an artist out of Austin, TX. The songs on the limited edition are “Apache Tears” and “Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down” by Los Duggans, and “Ballad of a Teenage Beauty Queen” and “Poor Black Mattie” by Restavrant. We are pretty sure you havn’t heard Cash / Burnside cover tunes like this…. we guarantee it.
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