Willie Stradlin 9/28/12

30 Oct
Hey y’all!! I know I haven’t been writing alot here lately, I’ve been super busy with shows, giveaways and chasing my kiddo around. But y’all don’t want to hear about all that so let me get started with telling you my stories of all these amazing shows I’ve been lucky enough to go to(: I’m gonna start this blog off talking about Willie Stradlin. Now if you’re from Oklahoma/Arkansas area more than likely you’ve heard of these hometown boys. Now keep in mind I have seen Willie Stradlin open for other red dirt artists like Stoney LaRue but this was the first show I was going to where it was just them the entire time.
I had seen on Twitter where they had a show at the Choctaw Casino in Pocola September 28th and got nine kinds of excited! Right down the road from me! So, I got off work (yes let’s not forget I do have a real job) and sped on over to the casino. I got there in enough time to grab a bite to eat and catch the band doing a couple songs getting warmed up. They’re sound is (my personal opinion) a cross between red dirt and a southern rock. Anyone young or old can relate and have a good time at a Willie show, not to mention it helps that the guys are local. I’ll tell you why local bands tickle me pink… they’re down to earth, gracious, and never forget their roots or friends. Now I ain’t saying not every band is like that cause they are but it’s different when you can watch them grow as a artist and watch the success and KNOW they deserve it. It’s personal, it’s like buying a seed, planting it and watching it turn into a beautiful flower. (You smelling what I’m stepping in?)
In between me sipping on my water and eating my basket of onions rings (I only intended to eat a couple but I swear they were dipped in heroin or something cause I ate the entire damn basket) J.T. or as I know him, Josh Hubbard came over to say hi and introduce me to the lead singer Heath. (Josh and I went to school together) We sat there and chitty chatted over how they got started, my favorite song of theirs (Sweet Melissa) and how they got the name Willie Stradlin, before you ask if it’s a name of a guy in the group, no it’s not BUT I’m not gonna share their secret either(; I know I’m mean, but hey when you go to a show ask Heath to tell you the story! These guys are so nice and was gracious enough to answer all my questions. I’m sure I was annoying as hell but Heath never acted like I was and as outgoing as he is on stage he’s very kept to himself and quiet. (I know, flipping insane!) 
They took the stage and rocked the place! All their songs whether it be a rocking tune like their newest soon to be release ‘Moonshine Stomp’ or their soulful ballad my fave (sigh) ‘Sweet Melissa’ they hold the crowd in their hands and have their way with them. Their stage presense and interaction with the crowd is awesome, not to mention their interaction with one another. Some bands have that front man who knows he’s the bomb dot com and the rest of the band is in the shadows but not these guys. They’re all very talented and share the stage equally. It all goes back to them being down to earth and knowing their roots. It’s always refreshing to see a band that has that new smell to em. (I know I know , you’re thinking what the hell Lisa?!) but what I mean by that is everytime I’ve seen them no matter how tired they are they leave that offstage and onstage are full of energy and full of life, they’ve never shown any slowing down, which is good cause these guys are going places. Don’t believe me? Go to a show or look them up on YouTube.
 They do some covers as well as their own originals and one of my favorite faves is the “pumped up kicks song” as I call it. I love their version because the original is a little hoarse and muffled. Heath sings it loud, clear and there’s no questioning about the lyrics, not to mention Drew, the adorable drummer does the whistling(: No matter what song, they bring the lyrics to life and you can feel exactly what their talking about. Have I mentioned I love these guys? Well I do!
Would I recommend HIGHLY to go see these guys and cheer them on at a live show? Hell yes I would!!! Go to williestradlin.com to look up the closest show to you and to get your hands on some bad ass merchandise! Support live music y’all!!!

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