Texas Hippie Coalition at The Masquerade – Atlanta
Date: Saturday, April 30
Venue: The Masquerade
Location: Atlanta, GA
There’s something different about the state of Texas. It’s long been rumored that the state government would like to succeed from the Union and make Texas its own country. Lord knows it’s big enough. Texans have their own vibe, they do things their way and they don’t give a damn if you like it or not. It’s a great attitude to have, especially for a band like Texas Hippie Coalition.
The Texas Hippie Coalition formed in Texas in 2004, and they have perfected their own unique brand of rock and roll, titled “Red Dirt Metal.” Per their website, Red Dirt Metal is described as follows: “Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands.” That sounds about right, and they proved it during their tour stop at Atlanta’s favorite crumbling (and soon-to-be-destroyed) concert venue, The Masquerade.
Led by the imposing “Big Dad Ritch” Anderson, THC took the stage and got right to it with “Come And Get It,” the lead-off track from their latest CD Dark Side of Black. Guitarist Cord Pool’s chunky riffs and the slamming rhythm section of bassist John Exall and drummer Timmy Braun lay down a groove-heavy base for Big Dad Ritch’s booming vocals. He’s a big man with a big voice, with a hint of ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons’ signature growl.
Several of THC’s most popular tracks followed, including “Rollin’,” “Turn It Up” and “Hands Up.” The band did a solid job of promoting their new work, adding six songs into the set. No pretty ballads for this band. This was balls-to-the-wall rock from start to finish. Bassist John Exall exuded that balls-to-the-wall attitude, and rocked-the-hell-out throughout the night, despite some technical glitches with his gear. It’s pretty easy to tell that the guy lives, eats and breathes rock and roll.
The band’s epically-named “Pissed Off and Mad About It” has become their signature set-ender, and it ended their set with bang, much to the approval of the Atlanta “Coalition.”
One of the great things about covering established acts like Texas Hippie Coalition is the exposure you get to new and upcoming bands, trying to make a name for themselves. THC couldn’t have picked a better touring partner than Sons of Texas, a 5-piece metal act out of McAllen, Texas. These guys really went for it live, throwing themselves into their performance. The band at times sounds much like Pantera, but with catchier songs and bigger choruses.
Sons of Texas have just released their first CD, which is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, and at the band’s official website: http://www.sonsoftexasmusic.com