Early one morning, in an air-conditionless cabin on Lowest Greenville Ave. in East Dallas, Texas, after a long night of binge drinkin' and chain smokin' at Muddy Waters Saloon, Honky Tonk hopped in the T-sheets with Texas Punk Rock and had themselves a bastard love-child named Slick Fifty Seven. The bottom line is: Slick Fifty Seven believes in the roller derby, the hurkey turkey, hardware stores, Hank Williams and hand me downs. Slick Fifty Seven is the epitome of DIY culture and has travelled all over the danged place preachin' the miracle of moonshine and the malice of ex-girlfriends to all who will listen.
John Pedigo & Ward Richmond founded the band in May 1998. From '98 to May '01, they built a loyal Dallas following playing summer and winter breaks in Texas while they finished up their degrees at Emerson College (Boston) and Brown University (Providence, RI), respectively. Trey Pendergrass is the drummer. Trey went to Woodrow Wilson High School in E. Dallas with Ward and John and we call him Teddy P cause he's got soul. E. Midlothian, Texas native, Todd Pertll often joins the Fifty Seven with his vicious steel guitar stylings. Past members/guest players include members of Rev. Horton Heat, The Queers, Slowride, Darlington, The Skatenigs, Kim Lenz, Ronnie Dawson & other rock-n-roll champions.
Slick Fifty Seven self-released Lo-Fi Lorraine & Her Bag of Tricks (1998) and Drunk Life (1999). The new line up has just finished up Record #3, The Ghost Of Bonnie Parker, which is proudly released worldwide by Laughing Outlaw.
The bad boys of Slick Fifty Seven have had the honour to play with & drink beer with the the Late & Great Waylon Jennings, Reverend Horton Heat, Wilco, Southern Culture on the Skids, Wayne Hancock, Slobberbone, Supersuckers, Ronnie Dawson, the Amazing Crowns, Jim White, El Vez, Flat Duo Jets and many more.
"A power cow-punk trio with a big broken heart, country roots, hog poop on their boots and tongue firmly in cheek. Slick Fifty Seven takes the piss out of Americana pop on this worldly collection of hard knocks and dirty socks. Sharing the pathos of Hank Williams meshed with the bar room psychobilly of Jason & the Scorchers, Slick Fifty Seven hold universal appeal for city slickers and cosmic cowboys alike. Every cut is a movie script of dreams gone awry and love lost. Weepy hobo blues ("I Won't Beg"), bluegrass screamers ("Cheatin' Side of Town"), Southern rock revival ("Still Waitin'") and steam-rolling dirges ("Jessica") all coalesce under the spectrum of pedal steel, bells and whistles, fiddle fiddlin' and hoots and hollers driven by a bare bones rhythm section hell bent on finishing the song and heading for the open highway. Rebels without a pause, Slick Fifty Seven burn hard and fast on The Ghost of Bonnie Parker."- AMPLIFIER
"After forming in 1998 in East Texas and self-releasing "Lo-Fi Lorraine & Her Bag Of Tricks" (98) and "Drunk Life" (99) this is their first for Laughing Outlaw since signing with the label last year. Vocalist and guitarist John Pendigo, bassist Ward Richmond and drummer Trey Pendergrass create a fine blend of country and rock n' roll with a touch of punk thrash thrown in for good measure. The band are described in one review as "hard drinkin', high livin', rootin' tootin', rockin' rollin' honky tonk bastards". But being British and more reserved by nature and since I'm not privy to their rootin' or tootin' habits I would say if you imagine Green Day with a twang you wouldn't be too far wide of the mark. Opening track "Nervous Wreck", "Hemenway" and "Holiday" all belt along at breakneck speed, as do most of the others to be honest. Nothing really wrong with that and live, they probably tear the place up, but personally I would have preferred a little more variety. Because, on the few occasions they do slow it down, songs such as the wonderful "I Won't Beg" (very Old 97's) and "Heading To My Ex-Girlfriends Wedding" are up there with the best of the genre. All in all a fine album and a worthy addition to the Laughing Outlaw catalogue." 4 / 5 Americana UK Website
"Slick 57 take a staggering kick at the nethers of country then dance around the moonshine bottle. This is their third CD with the band being based on the core members, John Pedigo, Ward Richmond and Trey Pendergrass. Slick 57 are best described as Texan honky tonk punk with a bit of indie mixed in and of course some rock'n'roll." - NetRhythms.co.uk
"There's a strong case to be made that you'll have more fun in a Texas roadhouse watching a band you've never heard of than you will in a stadium watching a band that everybody has heard of, a case underlined by just one listen to Dallas, Texas' Slick Fifty Seven's third outing. There's no high concept here, and no attempt at breaking any moulds, just an intent to cut loose and dodge the flying glass as bottles break on the chicken wire strategically placed in front of the stage. They sound like they learned their chops playing along to Hank Williams, The Pogues and Green Day, and decided that the results were a good template to follow. It's impossible to argue with them, I've been to parties where this stuff is playing in the main room, and everyone is having a ball; trust me, there's nobody wasting their time in the kitchen. It's all about drinkin', dancin', smokin' and ballin', a design for life." - Logo Magazine
"Prior to this new album Slick 57 (or Slick Fifty Seven) self released the records Lo-Fi Lorraine & Her Bag Of Trucks in 1998 and Drunk Life in 1999. Produced by themselves and The Big Purps, Slick 57's latest and third effort, The Ghost Of Bonnie Parker, is a pure punk resurrection of Appalachian culture and honky tonk music. It even looks like this new record from Dallas-based Slick 57 is somewhat of a breakthrough, especially in the Netherlands and other European countries. The Ghost Of Bonnie Parker sounds like an album that could definitely win a lot of new fans (especially with those people who think that Slobberbone is just dumb rock 'n' roll music and Ryan Adams is too much pop for them). Still, these Dallas boys don't stray far from the path that other twang-minded bands, such as Slobberbone, The Bottle Rockets, Uncle Tupelo or even The Pogues, set before them. The Ghost Of Bonnie Parker is here to haunt you with its hard drinking cow punk songs and some really catchy and rootin' tootin' melodies from the old days. Slick 57's music is as raw and simple as it can be, but what else is there to expect from a band that used to work with members of Reverend Horton Heat, The Queers, Ronnie Dawson and other rock 'n' roll champions? This is punk music with a southern accent." - KindaMuzik Website (Netherlands)
"Slick 57 is a cow/punk threesome that's full-throttle and straight-ahead. All eleven songs here are fast, furious, and high energy! Imagine Willie Nelson writing for Green Day, or Waylon Jennings moshing around drunk in cowboy boots, or pedal steel guitarist fiddling around with punk chords. The band even wrote all but one of the tracks included here, solving all the country/western problems with a great punk ethos. I really enjoyed "Swashbuckler, TX," "Jessica," and "Nervous Wreck," though my favorite is "Cheatin' Side of Town"." - The Glass Eye Magazine (US)