Pistol Town Rocked Scott
Pistol Town is an original PowerPop Punk Band based in Atlanta that tours the US and Canada!
I became a fan listening to their Originals off their CD “Days Away” but seeing them live is a whole another experience! They are”Pure Energy” and with 3 vocalist it adds a wide range of diversity to the set list. They cover everything from Johnny Cash to George Micheal, Weezer and Sublime but with their own Pistol Town style.
It was Soundman Extraordinaire Scott Shrewbury‘s Half Century Throwdown at Dixie Tavern. His choice of music for the occasion was Pistol Town, but they were not the only talent in the house. Some of the best musicians Atlanta has to offer came to celebrate Scott going over the hill! “I felt honored to be in the mist of such talent!”
Pistol Town is an original power pop punk band based in Atlanta that tours the US and Canada! I became a fan listening to the originals off their CD “Days Away,” but seeing them live is a whole other experience! They are “Pure Energy” and with 3 vocalists, it adds a wide range of diversity to the set list. They cover everything from Johnny Cash to George Michael, Weezer to Sublime, but with their own Pistol Town style.
“Ben’s Passion comes through Loud and Clear!”
Who would you want to share the stage with Dead or Alive?
Tell us about PJ.
“With Pj you can’t help but to Stop Look and Listen!”
What was the first music you purchased?
That I can remember? Probably the Michael Jackson “Bad” record.
Advice for new players?
Find a friend, or group of friends you can play with. You can learn all the scales and technique you want, but you really don’t learn to play music until you have to play songs with other people. At least that is my experience.
Your experience, training, background?
I’ve had several teachers that did a lot for me. Back when I lived in Virginia, a teacher I had by the name of Stephen Gregory had a huge impact on my playing and my love for Motown.When I first moved to Atlanta though, Russell Rogers at the Atlanta Institute of Music had a huge effect on the way I approached the bass. I’ve played in variety of musical situations before finding my home with Pistol Town. One of the coolest gigs I was able to play was with The Coasters for New Years Eve in Huntsville, Al about 10 years ago. I also played bass in an orchestra pit for a musical theater in Wytheville, Virginia for about a year after graduating college. I actually liked that gig a lot !!
Ben is one of the hardest working, honest, faithful, and understanding guys I’ve ever met. Besides being one hell of a front man, guitar player and songwriter, he’s been a big brother to me. For many years, he endured me at my worst while I was dealing with some personal demons, and I am very grateful for the understanding he has taught me.When he isn’t on the road with us, he is an elementary school teacher for gifted children, a loving husband, and as of this week, father. Always level headed, always keeping us humble, and quick to call us out on our BS. We’ve gone through almost any situation I can imagine on the road together, and he’s most definitely one of my best friends in the world.
“Joe is Skill Driven Power!”
What music is on your playlist right now?
Oh goodness…my iPod is so congested with so much different music. From stuff I’m studying, to pieces my students have inspired me to listen to, to songs I have to learn for gigs/sessions. Probably top 5 I’d say right now in recently played would be Snarky Puppy, The Black Keys, Nerve, Lettuce, The Who.
If ya could share the stage with anyone who and why?
Haha! That’s such a killer question. I’m really trying not to over think this one…I keep coming back to Michael Jackson or Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not your standard choices for a “rock” drummer I know…but living in Austin, I gained such an appreciation for SRV and he was a clear example of a tortured man who literally played to save his life. And as for Michael…love or hate him. What he did for the world and for music won’t be done again…period.
My musical quest began in 1988 with two fly swatters, some pots/pans and Eddie and The Cruisers. Everything and every moment of my life was somehow tied into an element of music or rhythm. It just helped me get through the day or finish my homework/chores efficiently. After a LONG detour, once I began playing again and playing “for keeps.” I went straight into the heavy metal scene in Texas. After a long stint in that scene I started to yearn for more groove/feel oriented music rather than just a full on assault…that brought me to guys like Eddie Garza and James Moran. One of the more gifted players I’ve been able to jam with. They really helped me see through my own words the true power a SONG can have. Which was a turning point for me and song writing.
Tell us about Tommy.
Oh my sweet Thomas Stansbury…contrary to his “cruise control” style demeanor…there is an incredibly driven young man with an incredible gift. I’ve definitely enjoyed each time sharing the stage with that dude.
“Tommy is the Total Package!”
Who are your musical idols?
Here is a behind the scene look at life on the road with Pistol Town!!
Birthday Boy Scott Shrewbury had this so say about Pistol Town:
“They’re totally high-energy, the whole time they’re playing. Not only are they great players with fantastic tone, they just look so damn cool on stage… so much so that I kind of want to slap them.”
Photos by Bob Lee
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
I owe him a poem:
Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town.
He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.
He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.
He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make
There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.
Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.
He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too
Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.
Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.
Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:
If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out.
The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.
I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius!
Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!
We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.
TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?
Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.
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