Featured On Episode
Band/Artist Name: The Highballers
Recommended if you like: Gram Parsons, Old 97's, Emmylou Harris, Buck Owens, The Knitters
Story behind your band/artist name:
--We are the Rat Pack meets country music, flashy suits, and sparkly guitars. We wanted a name that reflects the driving sound (a "highballing" train runs at full throttle) and our love of the sharp-dressed, rat pack drinking culture - highballs!
--Kenny Paul (Rhythm, Guitar, and Vocals), Belen (Prettiness and Vocals), Sean (Fearless Lead Guitar and Vocals), Drake (The Drums), and Charlie (The Bass).
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :
--DC Metro - we are peppered throughout!
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
--1. We are all refugees of punk rock and garage rock.
--2. We take our look and our sound extremely seriously, but no one pokes fun at us more than ourselves. In other words, we take our sound and performances seriously but not in an annoying, douchy way.
--3. We think commercial country sucks, but don't judge people that like it. In fact, we invite lovers of all things twangy to give our sound a try!
--4. We write a bunch of songs about killing, drinking, adultery, fighting, and love, but that does not make us a bunch of murdering, cheating, aggressive alcoholics - though we have a ton of love to give!
--5. We got banned from the Quarry House Tavern for being too "raucous".
--6. 100% guaranteed that you will laugh at our shows - if not with us, at us.
--7. Our full-length albums were recorded at the made-famous-by-Dischord-Records studio Inner Ear, and engineered by Don Zientara (He did records for Fugazi, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and 100's of others and was also featured on Dave Grohl's HBO Series "Foo Fighters Sonic Highways").
--8. All of us are veteran musicians from bands in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, DC, and Baltimore.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share:
--We play music for the love of the craft. Whether there is an audience of hundreds or only a few, we play every show as though is could be our last (because you never know right?). Not only do we love to perform, but have great respect for people who appreciate the experience of the live performance and are willing to take the time to venture out and explore new sounds. We tour from Boston to Georgia and as far west (so far) as Ohio and have developed a loyal following during our travels. Our upcoming 3rd full-length compilation of original music is being recorded now and will be released later during 2017.
Official Website URL: http://www.thehighballers.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/thehighballers/
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/6uTAJjwTwgebUffBQF5abf
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/thehighballers
Main Genre: Country
Other Genres: Punk, Garage, Rockabilly