These guys might just be the most rock ‘n’ roll rock ‘n’ roll band in America.
In an industry beset by guarded calculation and repressive risk-avoidance, this band goes “all in” with every bet they make. Their infectious self-confidence permeates their music and fuels their road-hardened lifestyle. When they roll into your town you’d best be prepared. They’re the bull in the china shop. The hair of the dog. The storm after the calm.
They are…The Drugstore Gypsies.
Drawing on distinctively Southern influences like Blackberry Smoke, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and The Black Crowes, The Drugstore Gypsies also combine many of the sensibilities of worldwide riff rock heroes like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. You don’t fly that flag in 2017 because of focus testing or market research. It’s got to be who you are!
Founded in 2014 by wildly entertaining frontman Duke Ryan and guitar extraordinaire Dillan Dostal, the band quickly locked in on the right duo in the rhythm section, adding drummer Rey Chapa and bassist Korey Davis. John Wilson soon joined to play Hammond organ and rhythm guitar, completing the band’s classic Southern sound. The Gypsies have already played in excess of 300 shows throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
In mid-2015 the band attracted the attention of Edgewater Music Group, a Sony/RED distributed music production, artist management, and music distribution company based in Houston. The band arrived at Edgewater Studios in December of that year to begin work on their self-titled, debut album. The record features a dynamic body of rip-roaring rock ‘n roll from start to finish.
Songs like “Black Label Boogie” and “Show Up Show Down” highlight the band’s wall of guitar-laden power. “Breakin The Law,” “Drugstore Gypsy,” and “Live The Life” are loads of fun and feature a three-piece horn section backing the band’s enigmatic sound. “Running To” and “Indian Summer” trend into organic Americana rock.
“The Drugstore Gypsies” explores what it means to be an impetuous young American male living life to the fullest in the heart of the South. Tales of humorous conquest blend into battles with burgeoning demons. Stories of love and betrayal lay bare the band’s undeniable maturity as writers, hidden just beneath a convincing veneer of youth and bravado.
This is a band people will make movies about. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to craft a more captivating story for a more compelling cast of characters in a Hollywood writer’s room. In their own words, they are intent on to bringing to you, “Some of the greatest music of the modern day!” Experience a Gypsies’ show and you’ll be consumed by their irrepressible enthusiasm and innate humor. Know them and succumb to their down-home charm. They are intent on taking their rightful place in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll history, side-by-side with all the great American rock bands who have come before. Treasure their record and bear witness to their rise. What’s their ultimate destiny?
We’re just gonna have to keep watching to find out.
So much country music today chases images of imaginary love stories leading to fairytale and film worthy lyrics. Country nights in a pickup truck down the back roads of your hometown tell the real tales of growing up for the Texas native and southern bred Will Carter. Growing up in a small town with a deep passion for music, Will Carter has been chasing his own dream down many roads for a long time. His father was his biggest supporter from the very beginning. After losing his father at the very early age of 13, Will Carter developed an unstoppable motivational drive to continue to pursue his dreams. He’s telling his story with a voice that’s turning complete strangers into life-long listeners.
Will Carter was hired at the age of 18 as a lead vocalist for the legendary dancehall band from Texas, The Emotions. During his tenure with the Emotions he played festivals and dancehalls all over Texas. “It was a sincere honor to be a part of the vastly popular band that I grew up idolizing. I learned a great deal of how to put on a high energy show and capture and hold the attention of audiences of all sizes” says Carter.
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Will Carter decided to pursue original music. He has since had charting singles on both Texas and Nashville radio. Will Carter has a very high energy live show that combines rock star stage presence with catchy, groovy tunes. Will Carter has brought his show to dancehalls and festivals all over the south region of the US as well as major events such as CMA Fest in Nashville, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, National Football League, Houston Texans, and the JJ Watt Foundation.
Will continues to keep his voice healthy by taking lessons with renown vocal instructor, Tom McKinney. With more than 40 years as performer and voice teacher, Tom McKinney has trained many award winning singers including Mario, Demi Lovato, Ray J, Solange, and American Idol finalists. Tom also served as the New Talent Development Vocal Technique Instructor for Beyonce and Mathew Knowles’ recording and publishing company, Music World, in Houston.
Growing up on a self-sustaining farm in the rural town of Frydek, Texas, Will Carter learned the value of hard work and dedication at a very early age. “I’ve always been the wild one, and came up in a fast paced 24/7 work hard, play hard environment,” Carter says. “For me, it’s always been about working hard, making music and hanging with my people. This is what you’ll hear about when you listen to my album.”
With this attitude comes the conversational style found on Will Carter’s album. This voice will not go unheard.
We Texans are a proud bunch. We have our own state bird, state flower, and – believe it or not – our very own dinosaur, the Pleuroccelus.
We also can brag about our very own State Musician. Since the 1970s. this country music icon has shared his love of everything Texas in dance halls and concert stages around the world, to the point that he was named Ambassador of Texas Music by the governor.
For more than 40 years, Gary P. Nunn has sung the praises of our state, and his latest album “Taking Texas To The Country” paints a picture of Texas that proves that Nunn is a master craftsman.
Positive responses are no accident. Nunn, a founding father of the progressive country movement, is also a forward thinker when it comes to choosing songs to record. His secret? The folks who scoot their boots across the dance floor each night.
Called a pioneer by his peers, Nunn ha never been afraid of blazing new music paths, a fact noticed and admired by Red Dirt and Texas musicians.”I think they’ve learned from me that they can do it themselves” said Nunn. ” I was one of the first people to make an independetly-produced record. I started a publishing company and a production company along with a independent label.
Being able to cut trugh a major mountain of red tape is now an opportunity for Nunn to get his songs to audiences quickly.
Who would have ever anticipated the way our business is now, and how it’s changed so much through the years, Nunn said. Today we have a new standard. The great thing about iTunes is that we don’t have to have the approval of the major record labels to get radio play or even to make record sales. We can go directly to our audience.
Nunn’s fans understand, his music is a good fit, and they put it to good use. “Once I had a couple coming to me and say that when their son graduated high school and was living home the first time, they sat him down and played “Under My Hat”. It’s a song sort of like a father giving his son some good advice. They told him, were gonna leave you with this before you go out into the world”.
“One of the things that really touches my heart, is to think that folks can use some of these songs to pass on to their children as good positive advice – something they can take with them for there entire life.