The first release by Altar Billies is a toe tapp’n hoot-of-holler collection of songs that is sure to put a smile on yer face and a swing in yer step. From the first cut, “Against the Grain,” to the final twang of “The One” this project has more musical twists and turns than the winding roads found on the west side of the Appalachians.
Pinning down the exact sound of the Altar Billies is no easy chore: Is it country? Rockabilly? Or a combination of two specific genres that the “Billies” appropriately titled “punktry?” Well, maybe it’s all of the above and more. To be sure, whatever style they happen to “pick at” is not as important as the message they are trying to communicate to every ear that is willing to listen.
This 11 song CD features 8 studio tracks produced by Storm’n Norman at Mildred Studios located in the heart of Orange County, California. Although this project was a group effort, it was “Norman’s” steady hand that guided the production of this record from start to finish. He was not only the point man in charge of turning and pushing the knobs on the recording deck and console, but worked closely with the fellas to help them dial in both their sound and arrangements.
The 3 live cuts on the project are raw, and capture the intensity of the group that is best defined as: “lo-fi noise from the root cellar” – or as Johnny says “a bark’n hound dog is better than a dead one” (not exactly sure what that means, but we are suppose’n it’s something positive). Adding these live tracks to this work allows the listener to hear each of these particular songs in their rawest rock’n hillbilly format.
Johnny, Chuck, and Michael W are excited about this project and hope you enjoy listening to it, as much as they enjoyed making it. The Altar Billies are proud to embrace a style of music with such a rich heritage, and fuse it with songs and a message that is as relevant today, as it’s ever been. So strap on yer spurs, pull up the reins, let out a big “Yeeeeee Hawwww” and keep your eyes fixed on the horizon. The Altar Billies are ride’n into town and they’re a “twang’n” and “rock’n” until the cows come home. Take a good look see at their music; it’s a swell sound’n bunch of clatter that you just might take a hankerin to.
Track Titles Include:
Against the Grain
Calling to You
Where's It Gonna Lead Ya?
Calling to You (Punktry)
Against the Grain (Live at Up From the Ashes)
Where's it Gonna Lead ya? (LIve from the Orange Street Fair)
Live (Live from the Irvine Spectrum)
The One (Instrumental)