hese 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.