This ain\'t mall country.
To put it simply: This band is NUTS.
Yeah, in a good way, but keep an eye on \'em nevertheless.
It\'s not a word you\'d associate with today\'s watered-down, pop-friendly country music. But when Chad Kessner careens around the stage belting out Waylon\'s \"I\'ve Always Been Crazy\", it\'s not just a tribute to a fallen outlaw; it\'s a testimonial from a man that\'s been there and back.
Just how insane are The Concrete Cowboys?
- Crazy enough to enter the prestigious Ponderosa Battle of the Bands as their 1st show ever, and beat out 28 other bands over the course of a month.
- Crazy enough to fly to Nashville six months after forming with a handful of CDs and knock on doors up and down Music Row.
- Crazy enough to attempt and achieve radio airplay on Portland\'s KUPL, the biggest country station in the state with a self-produced \"demo\" recorded in a marble slab warehouse.
- Just certifiable enough to tackle the country music world\'s youth-obsessed culture with a line-up that ranges in age from 36 to 60.
There ain\'t no rookies in this band, but there\'s enough frenzied energy in their live show to knock a few sub woofers off the stage, so the first few rows beware: You\'re not dealing with normal people here.