(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)
Home-cooked crank and apple pie
You get the idea that maybe Hellbound Glory got its name from living the rugged lifestyle of a country bar band. The tune “Scumbag Country” is an indication: “Walking home at 7 a.m./One last rain on last call/Raising hell with all my rowdy friends/They are snortin’ coke in a bathroom stall.”
Right where Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard left off, lead singer/songwriter Leroy Virgil delivers honkytonk lines that classic country lovers will appreciate with a big gulp of Bud. There’s plenty of rock ‘n’ roll muscle that would have you think that they grew up on Southern rock, but these guys roll out of Reno with what they describe as “traditional as your grandma’s apple pie and as potent as your cousin’s home-cooked crank.” Add in a squirt of rockabilly, and this is bound to be a rowdy time on the west side of the Tetons before the band jumps on tour to support Kid Rock. Hellbound Glory, 9:30 p.m., Saturday Jan. 26, at the Timberline Bar in Victor. 208-787-5000.
This grass smells like da funk
Since 2007, Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit (JBNFU) have been penning tunes with multiple instrumental sections, changing quickly from one hook to the next while still leaving room for improvisation. In a record store, the well-oiled machine would fall directly between the bin of bluegrass and jamband, even sliding into “other.” Debut album, Brown Chicken Brown Cow (2010), is a ten-track