The Roadhouse Clams have been keeping it true since their 2010 debut.
This White Hot, Southern Soul 5-piece from the rural farmlands east of the Chesapeake Bay has little use for hot trends, current fads, or flavors of the week. Instead, the Clams set their own sails and follows nothing but their own internal compass.
"Our belief is simple: if it ain't fun, don't do it. From day one, our plan was to shred all official plans, and let the music go where it wants to go, like the T-Rex did in Jurassic Park when the fences went down," says singer Rik Ferrell".
Co-founder and mandolin man Keith Thompson nods. "The five of us all come from very different influences, and meet at the corner of Roadhouse and Clam."
"When we're on the road", says Rik, "we constantly wrestle for control of the tunes. So on any given travel day, it could be old Stones, Allmans, Little Feat, Waylon & Willie, Peter Tosh, the Ventures, Beatles, Dead Kennedys, John Coltrane, Grateful Dead, St Paul & the Broken Bones, Elmore James, Black Uhuru, Delta Spirit, Aqua Velvets, Marty Robbins, Alan Jackson, De La Soul, Zac Brown, Rage Against the Machine, Jason Isbell, Buffett, Hendrix, Charlie Daniels, X, Lucinda Williams, Seldom Scene, Rush, Grant Lee Buffalo, Gram Parsons, Green Day, Alabama Shakes--you name it. And I think that there's pieces of all of that seeping into our sound, whether we mean it to or not."
That same 'Anything Goes' attitude finds its way into every live show (Rik admits to never following their setlists), whether re-working their own songs on the fly, or soaring through "tore up" covers of iconic hits by artists from ACDC to Madonna to the Beastie Boys.
"A Clams concert is like a really great frat party--always right on the edge of losing control. Fun yes, and totally exhausting. It's never the same show twice," said Tamara Locantore, the band's booking manager since 2012.
After more 500+ live performances that span from New England to the Caribbean, and supporting slots with everyone from the Avett Brothers to members of country icons Alabama, it's clear the Roadhouse Clams non-formulaic formula is working, for band and fans alike.
Pacifico Rik Ferrell: vocals, guitar, lap steel
Scoutmaster Keith Thompson: vocals, mandolin, guitar
Derek "Darlington" Ferrell: bass, vocals
Jon Boy Delacroix: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Uncle Ted Corletta: drums