Southern Culture On The Skids
Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It's a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.“ The band has been prolific and ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.“
In 2014 the band was honored by the Southern Folk Life Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with an exhibition featuring their music and cultural contributions. The flame-adorned La-Z-Boy from the cover of their Plastic Seat Sweat LP now resides at UNC-CH!
The Woolly Bushmen
Formed in early 2011 and based out of Winter Park, Florida, The Woolly Bushmen have managed to combine 1960's rock and roll with 1950's rockabilly and a dash of soul, forming their own unique genre of all original crowd-rocking songs. These young musicians (all college age) have captured the respect and admiration of seasoned musicians, some icons in their own right, that are twice their age while grabbing every audience by the scruff of their necks and whipping them into a dance frenzy. Teenagers, middle-agers, old-agers, male, female, black, white, green, purple, The Woolly Bushmen tend to appeal to everyone without compromising their style and musical integrity...mass appeal without losing cult appeal...they do their thing and it works! Audience comments run from, "...where did this band come from!?", "...how did we not know about them before!?", "...These guys have IT!", and very often, "the best band I've seen!".
A typical Woolly Bushmen show will see lead singer, Simon Palombi, switch from vintage VOX organ to guitar, whilst, Jacob Miller, switches from bass to guitar allowing the band to play two different sets in one, much to the surprise and delight of the audience! The songs of The Woolly Bushmen are based around catchy organ and guitar riffs with infectious choruses that sound straight out of the charts of the late 1950's and 1960's. These all original songs give you, the listener/audience, the sense that you've heard them before...only, you haven't unless you've seen The Woolly Bushmen or listened to Tampa, Orlando, St. Louis, and Philadelphia college/independent radio. The sole purpose of The Woolly Bushmen's music is to get people dancing...and it works every time!
Leave your angst at home, nothing heavy or moody here! One reviewer said, "...It's like Buddy Holly fronting The Troggs, or, Jerry Lee Lewis singing 'Incense and Peppermints'"...that is the unusual and unique mix of 1950's and 1960's at it's best.
Over the past five years, The Woolly Bushmen have played many notable shows with iconic acts like, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Dexter Romweber Duo, King Khan, Ty Segall, The Beat, The Fleshtones, Gringo Star, and many more, as well as frequently being invited to play festivals. They currently do routine tours of the United States.
From the beginning, The Woolly Bushmen have rarely had to hustle for gigs...shortly after they emerged from their garage studio, they were and continue to be asked to play more gigs than they can handle. Both, The Orlando Weekly and The Orlando Music News have voted them Best New Band, Band of the Week, and Best Orlando Release of 1012...you name it. The Tampa press and media have similarly lauded them as well, to the point where Tampa has adopted them as their own even though they hail from the Orlando area. The Woolly Bushmen have repeatedly been invited to play live on multiple radio stations as well as having regular radio airplay.
In July 2011, The Woolly Bushmen released a demo EP entitled, "Here Cometh The Woolly Bushmen" on retro cassette tape and sold out in less than 2 months! The band's eponymously titled full length CD was released in July 2012 at a live show in Orlando that saw the parking lot filled with fans unable to get in to the packed club, yet, stayed on site because it was the place to be! The CD received great reviews and has sold thousands without any promotion other than gigs! The band's merchandise, t-shirts, bumper stickers and CD's are sold out as soon as a new run is produced. They released a well-received seven-inch record in April of 2013. All three releases have seen airplay on several college radio stations on the east coast.
In 2015 The Woolly Bushmen released their first vinyl LP “SKY BOSSES” on their self run label Chesterwick Records. “SKY BOSSES” has been reviewed by countless Rock ‘N’ Roll/ Indie music blogs (both domestic and international) as well as having International radio play.
The group recently recorded their latest LP “ARDUINO” produced by Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids. Though it is still in the works, various labels have already begun to show interest in releasing the LP.