Westword Music Showcase 2004

Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Seeing our friends from Denver at a show in Germany. So many more, so little time.

Worst gig?
Ha! That would be bad business to mention names. Let's just say we decided not to play upon arrival.

What do you love about the local scene?
Being able to sleep in my own bed at the end of the night.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Lack of support from people who don't understand how much work goes into what we do.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we are popular because we wear hot pants -- we can write a killer song, too, ya know.

Any random facts we should know?
Karen needs a bicycle.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Irrelevant. But we do wanna hit up Trevor Pryce's new label.

Parting shot/final comments?
Hemi Cuda summer West Coast tour kicks off July 1. Check out sites listed above for tour dates. See us when we return at Red Rocks on July 20!

HONKY TONK HANGOVERS
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/ROOTS

And you are...?
The Honky Tonk Hangovers, Denver's Super Electrified Hillbilly Band.

Website?
www.honkytonkhangovers.com

How long has your act been together?
About four years or so, near as we can reckon.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Nominated by Westword for Best Country Band; released Giant Country; played the main stage at the People's Fair for the second year; opened for Brian Setzer at the Fillmore Auditorium; have received nearly daily airplay on 1510 AM/KCUV radio; received a grammy nod in the category of Best Country Album.

Recent recordings of note?
We released our second CD, Giant Country, on the Big Bender label in February. This is, as the title implies, a huge recording, with fourteen original tunes and two covers totaling nearly a full hour of music! Check it out at www.bigbender.net, where you can download some music, or purchase it at finer record stores throughout the state.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Tim runs his own office equipment repair business. Dylan is a full-time student at the School of Mines. Donnie is an export/import expert. And Dave keeps the world safe from nuclear terrorism by providing enhanced security at Russian nuclear facilities.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
We had the extremely high honor of opening for Brian Setzer at the Fillmore Auditorium. There were about 2,000 people there, and we were very well received. It was quite a hoot!

Favorite places to play?
Lincoln's Roadhouse, Sharp's Roadhouse, Herman's Hideaway, the Soiled Dove.

Why music?
Roots country music is the optimal form of expression. Every song tells a story worth hearing, a story of living, loving and being a man. It tells stories that every red-blooded American can relate to. It's the perfect means by which the "strong silent type" can express himself and tell his life's story.

If not music, what else?
Good, passionate lovemaking or beating the living crap out of somebody who desperately deserves it: Those are the only things comparable.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
We don't even remember what else came up. As far as we recall, the name came immediately. Maybe it was God-sent?

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Being that nothing surprises us anymore, it's difficult to remember particulars. Our gig history is a blur of drunken dancing, singing, people falling onto our monitors, wedding proposals and requests for every Johnny Cash song you could think of.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Due to the fact that each Hangover has a day job, we have yet to go on the road, but we are planning/hoping to do so sometime soon.

Worst gig?
Ranger Dave had just come back from Russia and was too exhausted to play. The rest of the fellers decided that the show must go on and found a guitar player at the very last moment. Somehow they got through it, collected a paycheck and didn't disappoint one of our favorite employers. Now, that's dedication to duty!

What do you love about the local scene?
All the bands on the roots-country/rockabilly scene in Denver work very well together, and we are all friends. There are no trivial rivalries or any other BS among us. Every band has its own unique sound. The cutting-edge roots-country acts in town, other than the Hangovers, are, of course, the Railbenders, the Dalhart Imperials and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams. These are the bands that have been making records, playing lots of shows and making waves -- and no two of these bands have a similar sound. That is a rare thing and gives Denver music lovers a rare opportunity to enjoy every style of classic country music every weekend!

What bugs you about the local scene?
The Denver music scene can be very fickle. One day you can fill Herman's Hideaway to the gills, and on another day five people turn out for a show. As far as country music goes, we do poorly in "country" bars because nobody is interested in traditional country dancing such as the two-step or the country waltz. They are mostly interested in line dancing, and therefore they only want to hear cover tunes of songs they hear on the radio.

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