Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders – Alternative Country| Nashville, TN/Australia

Posted: October 6, 2013 by Kimberly Weiss in Band Reviews/Promotions, Music Connection News, Non-Local Bands
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This week I was introduced to Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders, an alternative country band currently based in Nashville, Tennessee featuring Australian born singer/song-writer Billy Roberts.  Roberts found his way to the U.S. in search of a career in country music, and here he has stayed creating some unique and cool music!    

Roberts pairs up his slightly off-pitch, matter-of-fact, country vocal style with some excellently matched instruments.  The guitar in “No More Mr. Nice Guy” has a cool off time rhythm and the harmonica playing is smooth as butter and has a great train-like quality, and there are some great ragtime type piano parts in “My Baby Gone Cold“.  While most of the songs on this, yet to be titled, debut album (to be released later this year with producer Billy Anderson at Cumberland Studios) are jamming with hooky beats all the way through, “Davy Crockett and the Alamo” is a nice change up starting out slow and almost trance like through the first half and then breaking into a killer violin solo and jamming second half!  Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders are perfect for both a night of burnin up the dance floor or a long road trip, so head over and get a copy today!

Bio:
Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders hail from Moree, Australia, crafting a signature blend of Americana-flavored country and rock, showcasing tales that share personal stories and capture the best elements that music has to offer. On his debut, Roberts combines a devil may care attitude together with respectful nods to the place he grew up and the music he loves, highlighted best on tracks like the southern rock fueled “I’m Gonna Get That Girl,” the bluesy tones of “Red Headed Baby,” and the honest, fiddle-filled simplicity of “I Was Young.” Through those songs, Roberts shares who he is and, frankly, he’s not worried too much about what you think about that. He’s a rugged individualist set on carving his own way in life and in music and, while he’s been favorably compared to the best, he’s happy to simply say, “I wanna be Billy Roberts.”

Influences:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse.  Bruce Springsteen and E street Band, Pearl Jam, Bob DylanJohn MellencampBuddy Holly

Follow Billy Roberts and the RoughRiders:
on BandCamp            on YouTube                on Jango               on ReverbNation

 

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