The Lonesome Billies
Travesura, Kassi Valazza
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The Lonesome Billies
The Lonesome Billies are:
Ornery Bill - lead vocals, acoustic
Gator Bill - vocals, lead guitar pickin
Whiskey Bill - vocals, bass guitar
Bill Collins - time keeper
The Lonesome Billies shoot from the hip with their own loose take on a classic country sound that has been described as "boot stomping, gator hootin, whiskey swilling music.” Four childhood friends from the Pacific Northwest playing unapologetic, dark and dusty, honky tonk music.
The Billies explore themes that are consistent in more traditional country music; death & sorrow, hard work, hell-raising, morality, and loneliness. The Lonesome Billies filter these tropes thru the anti-establishment ethos of 70's punk rock with their straight forward approach to song-writing and arrangements. The storytelling paints a landscape rich in American West imagery straddling their own lives and a mythological world akin to that of the Wu Tang Clan. Influences range from the original Outlaw Country pioneers to The Clash, David Bowie, and Ramones. These influences have shaped a rough and tumble sound where sad and dark songs are sung with a wry smile and a pinch of horse musk.
Founded by Clayton McCune (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeff Gaither (lead guitar, vocals), The Lonesome Billies quickly evolved adding longtime friends Mike Scheidt (bass, vocals) and Glen Scheidt (drums). From seeds to tumbleweeds The Billies’ paths have seemingly always intertwined. Playing on little league teams, attending the same schools, sharing the same paper routes, the band often seems more of a rambling family caravan than anything else. Along the way they have carved out a path that has found them supporting acts such as Blitzen Trapper, American Aquarium, Shane Smith & The Saints, Hurray For The Riff Raff, the ‘Highway Queen’ Nikki Lane, and Pokey LaFarge.
The Lonesome Billies second LP ‘Right On Time’ (Sept. 20th, 2019) explores new rhythms and arrangements for the band. Inspired by the country funk albums of the late 70’s, the album builds on classic storylines and is galvanized through their own personal experiences. The result is a groovier, more hook laden album than their debut LP ‘It’s Good To Be Lonesome’ from 2015. ‘Right On Time’ spins the tale of a downtrodden protagonist who’s seen better days and splits his time between reflection and defiance of the status quo.
Sharing the writing duties, Mike Scheidt, Jeff Gaither, and Clayton McCune bring a round table approach to the songs and are equally represented on the writing credits of the twelve tracks that compose the album. “We’re democratic in our song writing”, says Clayton McCune, “sometimes one of us comes in with a complete song and melody, and the arrangement is built together. Other times it’s simple a line or two and a couple chords. Usually if one of the guys has hit a road block we bust thru it together, and the songs are better for it”.
‘Right On Time’ was written, recorded, mixed, mastered, cut and pressed in Portland, Oregon. The album was produced by Jeff Gaither and recorded by Josh Powell of The Map Room Studio (Grandaddy, Blind Boys of Alabama). Mastering was completed by Adam Gonsalves of Telegraph Mastering (Courtney Marie Andrews, Blitzen Trapper, Willie Nelson).
For fans of: Johnny Paycheck, Waylon Jennings, Sturgill Simpson and The Deslondes.
Travesura is a rock band from Southern California. Founded in late 2013 and anchored by the songwriting of its founder and central figure, Leo Romero, Travesura is driven by longtime members Eric Evans (keyboards), brothers Mark and Shawn Morones (drums and guitars), and Jerry “Coors Light” Henderson (bass). Blending styles of country, folk, and punk, Travesura continue to craft a unique genre of rock. Past releases include the Travesura EP (2014) and Live at the Bionic Ear (2017). This year has seen the band produce and complete its first proper studio full length album, Consuelo, a collection of songs tested and refined by the road, due out soon. Their rotating cast of characters also include Jono Sember (Kevlar), Randy Randall (No Age), Shelby Erickson, and mascot Al. Currently, Travesura is in the midst of their longstanding International Rock Tour, a journey spanning the United States and greater Mexico.
Kassi Valazza's songs are reminiscent of her childhood growing up in the vast open spaces of Arizona. Her lyrics portray dark stories of the west and a yearning for home, while the music rides a thin line of country western and Psych