“The Drugstore Gypsies raise honky-tonk hell,” exclaimed Rolling Stone Magazine, “fit somewhere between Exile-era Rolling Stones and Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand.” The world’s most iconic music publication named the guys one of their Ten New Bands to Watch on the heels of their self-titled debut album, placing them on a plane few bands achieve.
To say that The Drugstore Gypsies have come a long way since their conception in early 2014 starting out as a young, raw rock ‘n’ roll band in Southeast Texas would be an understatement. But the addictively good times they provide audiences with their unapologetic, high-energy Southern rock sound hasn’t changed a bit.
In fact, the good times have only just begun.
Their 2017 debut opened a ton of doors for The Drugstore Gypsies. In addition to the Rolling Stone piece, their first single “Runnin To” topped 750,000 streams on Spotify alone, and peaked at #11 on Texas Music Pickers’ Spotify Chart. Speaking of Spotify, the band has had two different singles added to the Official Texas Red Dirt playlist curated by Spotify’s John Marks.
Texas radio spun both their radio singles into lofty chart positions and Sirius/XM’s The Highway played their second single “Breakin The Law” extensively.
The band has played hundreds of dates over its first few years of existence, touring across multiple regions, including Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. They’ve shared the stage with luminaries like Whiskey Myers, Reckless Kelly, Band of Heathens, Aaron Lewis, Gary Allen, William Clark Green, Shinyribs, Pat Green, The Steel Woods, Stoney LaRue, Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Cameran Nelson, Dalton Domino, Flatland Cavalry, Bri Bagwell, Midnight River Choir, and a ton more.
“The goal is to give rise and resurrection to a form of music that is seemingly lost in today’s day and age. Give life once more to the timeless sounds of great eras past.” exclaims lead singer and frontman, Duke Ryan. It’s the essence of the band’s sound and persona. They take their audiences to a place where for two hours they completely forget about the stresses of their lives outside the venue.
This is exemplified in the Gypsies new record “Easy Access.” Fresh out of Edgewater Studios teaming up once again with producer Derek Hames and mix engineer John Shelton, the new record is the logical extension of a band that pushes the limits.
Energetic tunes like “Lady of The Night” and “The Rapture” make one reminisce on one of the greatest American rock bands of all time in Aerosmith, while the combination of John Wilson’s saloon-worthy piano and powerfully driven Hammond organ light up the listener in Southern-themed “Take It From Me.”
With a devoted fan base, a tour-hardened sound, a wildly entertaining frontman, jaw dropping lead guitar licks from Dillan Dostal, and a rhythm section in drummer Rey Chapa bassist Korey Davis that is sure to keep everyone on their feet, The Drugstore Gypsies have been recognized as one of the “it” bands to watch coming out of Texas.
Hell-raising won’t ever go out of style, and those who partake might just have their soundtrack in The Drugstore Gypsies. Catch the fever at a venue near you!