If George Strait had joined a few of the boys from Lynyrd Skynyrd they just may have ended up sounding something like Longneck Strangler.
For those who haven’t already heard this genre-spanning fusion of classic country vocals and roots-deep rock and roll guitars or seen their head-turning live show, it’s time to shine your boots, fill up the Chevy and head off to the 2010 WYCD Downtown Hoedown.
From their first time on stage together in 2006 through hundreds of three-hour marathon evenings in the local bars to this (as of this deadline, nearly sold-out) event, Longneck Strangler has been perfecting their unique sound and delighting fans of modern country, classic country and rock and roll. Their ‘red velvet and whiskey’ shows run deep with fiddle breakdowns, guitar histrionics, gospel harmonies and even a drum solo. And when you distill this all down into one showcase set, you get a show that burns like White Lightning. Their blistering performance has even prompted legendary drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Edgar Winter, the Rockets, Howling Diablos) to step to the microphone and ask the crowd, “How do you follow that?”
“We’re known for ‘strangling’ other peoples’ songs, turning them inside out,” explains ‘Guitar Rick’ Browarski. “We’ll play classic rock songs like a country band and then add some fire to the classic country, which helps everyone meet in the middle. It’s also taught us a lot about great songwriting. You have to learn how to speak the language before you can write your own novel.”
The results of this education in songcraft were apparent even before the release of Misery Loves Company, as their devoted following will sing along – word for word – with songs that have yet to be recorded. Their self-deprecating sense of humor, evident in their lyrics, also helps to endear them to their fans:
Call off the dogs and stop all the fussin’
I'll tell you where I was, but don’t start your cussin’
Sometimes I’m ashamed of the things I’ve done
Time just slips away, when you’re having fun
Yeah baby you can count on me, I'll be around
Yeah baby you can count on me, I’ll always let you down
You can get your own copy of Misery Loves Company and see for yourself what makes Longneck Strangler one of the toughest acts to follow.
Vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica - Ricky Lentz
Drums and back up vocals - Jeremy Kanouse
Bass and back up vocals - Kevin "KD" Davis
Guitars, guitars, guitars and back up vocals - "Guitar Rick" Browarski
For more information contact Kevin “KD” Davis – 248-434-7496