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Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Playing in Copper Mountain in the snow.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
I can't tell you in public.

Worst gig?
A job that paid only twenty bucks to each player.

What do you love about the local scene?
There are a lot of fine musicians out there and some a-holes, but for the most part, they are pretty friendly.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Promotion -- or the lack of promoting local talent -- on the local airwaves.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
People think that we only play jazz or funk. What they don't understand is that we do both at the same time.

Parting shot/final comments?
Keep pushing the local bands, more PR for the local bands. We have some fine bands here, and we are not being heard enough.

BUCKSKIN STALLION
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/ROOTS
8 P.M., SERENGETI

And you are...?
"As hollow as the hollow sound of my empty whisky flask..." or Troy Schoenfelder, founder and singer-songwriter of Buckskin Stallion.

Website?
www.BuckskinStallionMusic.org

How long has your act been together?
Founded in 2000. Revolving cast of characters.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Got voted into the Westword Music Showcase 2004!

Recent recordings of note?
Blue Ribbon Buzz was released earlier this year on Big Bender Records (www.bigbender.net). BRB is an ode to industrial beer and the traditional story-song. Ahh, hell, it's a celebration of all things Americana!

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Walk the Colorado Highways in search of aluminum cans and returnable bottles.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Uhhh, how many were at Redding 2002?

Favorite places to play?
"World's Only Corn Palace," in Mitchell, South Dakota; 3,300-seat arena next to the "cop shop" in my home town.

Why music?
Because Townes Van Zandt is my godfather. Further, my bandmates are known, in some circles, as the Bastard Sons of Townes Van Zandt.

If not music, what else?
Stand-up comedy. Steve Martin informed me long, long ago that "Comedy Is Not Pretty." I find the same is true of country music.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
T-Roy and the Asthmatics.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Earlier this year, with a little change in our pockets going jing-a-ling-a-ling, Buckskin opened for the Georgia Satellites.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Earlier this summer, Buckskin was playing a festival in Wyoming. An extremely inebriated woman punched the bass player in the chest for not letting her sing "a sad song" into his mike. A herd of men and women descended upon the stage. A brawl breaks out on stage, then in the crowd. Buckskin escapes stage left. The only casualty was my Beta 87A Shure microphone. I loved that fella.

What do you love about the local scene?
What's not to love?

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That Buckskin plays saccharine Top 40 country. Buckskin Stallion is roots-rocking Americana. Marty Jones once said, "Buckskin Stallion is like Woody Guthrie on an amplified bender."

Any random facts we should know?
I play a Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar and use only D'Addario medium-gauge strings.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Dunno much about local sports.

Parting shot/final comments?
As the late, great Townes Van Zandt wrote, "If I had a Buckskin Stallion, I'd tame him down and ride away."

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
NOMINATED IN HARD ROCK/METAL/AGGRO
8 P.M., THE CHURCH DOWNSTAIRS

And you are...?
Cephalic Carnage -- Ted, the fifth Beatle, complainer and general troublemaker.

Website?
www.cephaliccarnage.net

How long has your act been together?
According to my mom, I never really got it together.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
In the last year and a half, we've played over 220 shows in sixteen countries, on tour with (here comes the shameless name-dropping) Hatebreed, Mastodon, Cradle of Filth, Shadows Fall, Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage, Unearth, Kreator, Macabre, Madball, Terror, Dysrhythmia, Shai Hulud and many more.

Recent recordings of note?
Lucid Interval (Relapse Records), Halls of Amenti, 19 minute doom MCD (Willowtip Records) and Relapse Contamination DVD.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We, as a band, own a screen-printing operation. We will make shirts and stickers for you (shameless plug). Contact us at ted@cephaliccarnage.net

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
We headlined a festival called "Fuck the Commerce" in Neiden, Germany, for over 4,000 people.

Favorite places to play?
New York, anywhere in Canada, San Francisco, the U.K., Denver, anywhere in Holland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Paris, Stockholm... I'll stop before I get annoying.

Why music?
Is there another option for people like us other than washing dishes?

If not music, what else?
Homelessness. Oh, wait...

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Ani DiFranco, Carniceria, Metallica, Usher, Iron Maiden and Jackson Browne, to name a few.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
At an S&M show in Fort Collins, these dumb goth chicks wanted to dance on stage with us and requested that we play some "sexy" music. So we broke out some hillbilly country and attacked them with our instruments until they left. Cephalic 1, dumb goth chicks 0.

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