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WILD EARP & MICHELLE BILLINGSLEY - FREE HONKY TONK FRIDAY!

WILD EARP & MICHELLE BILLINGSLEY - FREE HONKY TONK FRIDAY!

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Wild Earp & Michelle Billingsley - a Free Honky Night at The Venue !

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The Venue is pleased to present FRE HONKY TONK FRIDAY with Wild Earp & Michelle Billingsley, a FREE/Pay What You Can event , Friday, July 15 at 8pm, doors open at 7.

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Wild Earp

Wild Earp loves tradition, but he's no purist. He'll take you on a road trip across the American music landscape with country fried bangers, wide western soundscapes, cowboy crooners, hot honky tonk, revved up rockabilly, and southern gothic folk. The lyrics blend humor and heartache, and would require repeat listens to catch all the literary references and deeper meanings. Keeping it danceable and electric is his backing band, The Free for Alls, a rowdy group of revelers with the skills of a supergroup. They’re pretty easy on the eyes, too!

"...a virtuoso rip through honky-tonk, cowboy tunes, rockabilly, folk, and all manner of American roots music. They’re accomplished, swinging, and authentic, without necessarily being purist. - Austin Chronicle

“...a thrilling ride through an expansive dirty whirl of western, boogie and murderous honky-tonk.” -Glide Magazine

"...country western delivered with aplomb and style." -Lonesome Highway

Michelle Billingsley

Michelle Billingsley sings about a whole lot of subjects considered taboo for polite women. Though you might not catch it on first listen—she wraps her charmingly cutting lyrics in boisterous acoustic strumming, her dryly dark sense of humor and a (whip)smart-assed vocal delivery. It all sounds a bit like Emmylou Harris went through the looking glass.

Billingsley’s new debut album for Western Myth Records, Not the Marrying Kind—produced by multi-instrumentalist Matt Brown—is an Americana gem. Out of the gates, Brown made the sage choice of putting legendary producer/engineer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine) behind the boards—and the drum kit—for the sessions. The resulting record is genuine, irreverent, unique and fearless.

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