Texas Hippie Coalition, FLAW, A Killer’s Confession and BathHouseBetty rock Boonie’s Bar in Northwood on Thursday, July 20th.

Innovation Concerts is proud to present a star-studded lineup this coming Thursday, July 20th at Boonies Bar in Northwood, Ohio. National recording artists Texas Hippie Coalition, FLAW and A Killer’s Confession will be joined by local favorite, BathHouseBetty in what should prove to be an outstanding night of metal and rock.

THC, who calls Denison, Texas home, is the self-proclaimed kings of red-dirt metal. The band’s blend of heavy metal, southern rock, Texas Jazz, hard rock and Groove metal give the boys from the Lone Star State a unique sound all their own.

From their humbling beginnings in 2004, the Coalition has grown into a touring machine.  They have five full length albums under their belt and their fan base, known as the Party Posse, continues to grow with each new release and live performance. 

Lead vocalist Big Dad Ritch and bassist John Exall are the only two original members still around but the current lineup is stock piled full of tremendous young talent. Timmy Braun is an absolute beast behind the kit and joins Exall to create a rhythm section that can stand toe-to-toe with anyone around.

Cord “Getcha” Pool and Nevada Romo may be young in age but it would be hard to tell from their wizardry with their respective six strings.

‘Pride of Texas’ was the band’s first release, hitting shelves in 2008. The most popular track on the album is the tune “Pissed Off and Mad About It” and it remains a staple in their live performances today.

‘Rollin’ followed two years later and became the Carved Record signee’s first release to hit the charts, leveling off at #29 on the US Heatseekers list. The album included a remake of “Pissed Off and Mad About It”.

‘Peacemaker’ rolled out in 2012.  The compilation eventually rose to number20 on the Hard Rock Album charts behind the power of singles “Turn It Up” and “Damn You to Hell”. The two tunes charted out at 39th and 40th respectively on the Billboard Main Stream Rock chart.  

In 2014 with a revamped lineup that included Pool, THC unloaded ‘Ride On’ on the public with the help of producer Skidd Mills. It featured the first single ‘Monster in Me’ which helped push the album to 119 on the US charts. It was #4 among the Heatseekers, five on the US Hard Rock charts as well as 31st on the US Rock board. It at also claimed the 22nd slot on the independent list.  

Texas Hippie Coalition is not a band to rest on their laurels and immediately began working on album number five, ‘Dark Side of Black’ which made its debut in April of 2016. Thus far the collaboration that includes the single “Angel Fall” has hit #2 on the Heatseekers chart, sixth on the US Hard Rock chart, 18th among independents and 26th on the US Hard Rock chart.

If you have never seen Big Dad Ritch and his cohorts live, you owe it to yourself to head out to Boonies to witness what they have to offer. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

As if it wouldn’t be enough to catch THC, the added attraction of FLAW and A Killer’s Confession just intensifies the reason to get off your couch.

FLAW has been around since 1996 when lead vocalist, Chris Volz, and guitarist, Jason Daunt, got together in Louisville, Kentucky. The band produced independent releases called American Arrogance’ (1997) and a self-titled album a year later.

In 2001 the band received national attention with the release of ‘Through the Eyes’ which soared to the top of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and went to #119 on the top 200 list. It featured a pair of singles, “Payback” (33) and “Whole” (38) that made it into the top forty of the mainstream chart. “Only the Strong” was used on the soundtrack of the movie The Scorpion King.

‘Endangered Species’ made its way to record stores in 2004 and sold over 27,000 copies in the first week which enabled it to open at #42 on the top 200. “Recognize” was the only single to have any success on the charts, reaching #25.

Despite the success of the release things began to sour amongst the band members and the group disbanded and went their separate ways.

FLAW self-released ‘Home Grown Studio Sessions’ in 2009 prior to reuniting in 2013 when they were again in the studio to work on their fourth release, Divided We Fall. That work was released last year under the Pavement Records label.

Volz and Daunt are the only two members still around from the early years. They are currently teamed with Tommy Gibbons (bass) and Dan Johnson (drums) in the current lineup.

A Killer’s Confession sprouted up in 2016 when former Mushroomhead vocalist, Waylon Reavis, came across guitarist Matt Trumpy on the internet.

The duo eventually got together and as the old saying goes, ‘the rest is history’. They felt as though they had something and began forming what would end up being a five piece ensemble. In September of last year the quintet inked a deal with EMP Label Group which led to the release of the album ‘Unknown’ earlier this spring.

Joining Reavis and Trumpy are guitarist, Paul Elliott, bassist J.P. Cross and drummer Jon Dale. Things clicked right away for the group as they were named the 2016 Breakout Band of the Year in the Stone Chrome Radio Listener’s Choice Award before they even had an album in circulation.

I’ve not yet had the privilege of seeing AKC live and I am pretty stoked about getting the opportunity to do so. Reavis has long been one of my favorite performers because of his passion and love for what he does.

BathHouseBetty out of Toledo is another band that I have yet to see but I have heard nothing but good things about them.

Rob Hawk handles the vocal work for the group that has been around for over 18 years. Alex Clawson picks the six strings with Adam Rice (drums) and Justin Bailey (bass) forming the rhythm section.

According to their Facebook page they present a Loud, Aggressive, Melodic, Speedy Murder Rock sound. That intrigues me along with the fact that they say they have been influenced by System of a Down, Primus and Clutch among others.

Innovation Concerts has always delivered a quality night of rock whether it’s a local show or bringing in national acts. It looks like they hit one out of the ball park with this foursome.

Boonies is located at 2497 E. Broadway in Northwood. Tickets for the all-ages event are $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Hope to see you at Boonies. Until then this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/  

 

 

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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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