Texas Hippie Coalition – “High In The Saddle” out 5/31/19

Backyard barbeques, barroom brawls, tent revivals, and big rock festivals alike are suitable environments for the Red Dirt Metal of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, a band with a sound so devilishly electrifying that they had to come up with a new genre to describe it.
BIG DAD RITCH captains this pirate ship of bikers, outlaws, troubadours, and hellraisers, welcoming all comers to the THC party with gregarious charisma and Southern charm. Across a half dozen albums, countless club gigs, and show-stealing performances at Rockstar Mayhem, THC has spread the good word of big riffs, big hooks, and wild times.
High in the Saddle is a record full of unashamed, full-throttle ass kicking. It’s the band’s second pairing with producer Bob Marlette (Black Stone Cherry, Rob Zombie) and sixth album overall, on the heels of the No. 2 Billboard Heatseekers slab, Dark Side of Black.
Rock/metal tastemaker Loudwire.com described THC’s “nonstop gritty, grooving, and downright party rock” as “sounding like the bastard that spawned from a threesome between Monster Magnet, Willie Nelson, and Pantera.” Guitarists Cord Pool and Nevada Romo, bassist Rado Romo, and drummer Devon Carothers build songs with traditional blue-collar and red-blooded American craftsmanship, skillfully transforming Big Dad Ritch’s tales of recklessness and revelry into anthems for the Red Dirt Metal lifestyle.
Texas Hippie Coalition sounded just as at home sharing the stage with Korn and Black Label Society as they have been supporting Nazareth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and David Allan Coe. Country trailblazers like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash are essential parts of THC’s lifeblood, intermingled with the Southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top; the Sunset Strip debauchery of Mötley Crüe and Van Halen; the heavy stoner grooves of Clutch and COC; and the metallic Texas-sized crunch of the late, great Abbott brothers.
It’s clear the man can twist a phrase, like when Big Dad Ritch grabs his double-barreled shotgun mic stand and bellows, in his distinctive gravely drawl, “If you come lookin’ for trouble, baby / Rest assured, you found it / I’m a mountain of a man, baby / And there ain’t no way around it.” Bangers like “Come Get It,” “Pissed Off and Mad About It,” and “Hands Up” are the reason THC is a staple at Sturgis and in clubs all around the country.
His hero was always Johnny Cash, but Ritch had once resigned himself to a quiet life of picket fences and fishing. But then, the stars aligned with Texas Hippie Coalition.
By the grace of God, THC’s gear was left untouched when a storm knocked out two stages at Rocklahoma in 2008. The boys happily lent their equipment to other bands so the show could continue. By the time they played a second set on the festival’s last day, the goodwill had spread. Thousands came to see them and THC blew up from there.
The storytelling of Big Dad Ritch (whose birth certificate reads James Earl Richard Anderson) was front and center in the Red-Dirt-country-meets-hard-rock-and metal bluster of the band’s debut, Pride of Texas (2008) and its increasingly bombastic and hard-charging follow-ups: Rollin’ (2010), Peacemaker (2012), Ride On (2014), and Dark Side of Black (2016). “Turn it Up” and “Damn You to Hell” even cracked the mainstream rock Top 40.
Ritch puts the band’s evolution in Old West terms. “In the beginning, you’re an outlaw looking for direction. You gotta get the best guys for the job behind you,” he explains. “Now we know how to rob banks, how to rob stagecoaches, and how to rob trains.”
Album number six kicks off with the alarmingly catchy slither of “Moonshine.” It oozes everything THC stands for and smells like. A true THC manifesto, if ever there was one: swampy grooves, Crüe type partying, and a Man in Black style saga. Cash wasn’t the only early influence on Ritch; some kids had Farrah Fawcett posters, but Stevie Nicks was on his wall. He pays tribute to the erstwhile Fleetwood Mac icon with the suitably named “Stevie Nicks,” a tune about a woman with Nicks-like ethereal witchy woman qualities.
Crowd participation is a must for High in the Saddle songs like “Dirty Finger,” a face-melting fireball of fun that works just as well in an arena or with a solitary sing-a-long while speeding down the highway. And for all of the meat-and-potatoes anthems, the band’s sixth offering mines new territory, with the ambitious “Ride or Die” and “Why Aren’t You Listening,” which sees Ritch break ground with an even greater vocal range. It’s a meditation of sorts of appreciation, reflecting on all of the blessings in THC’s world.
“I’m just out of have fun, man,” Ritch says with genuine modesty. “I never look at this as something have to do. It’s something I get to do. I just thank the Lord above that He has given me this talent that has allowed me to garner these wonderful things in life.”
Texas Hippie Coalition continues to ride or die for truth-telling, unashamed, Red Dirt Metal badassery, winning over new acolytes every damn day. As Blabbermouth once asked: “How many more reasons do you need to try a little THC? Everybody’s doing it.”


Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival release the festival’s individual daily line-ups!

Today, INKCARCERATION has revealed the festival’s individual daily line-ups! In addition, single day tickets are now on sale via https://inkcarceration.frontgatetickets.com.

Friday July 12th:

Taking Back Sunday
Red jumpsuit Apparatus
Awake at last
The Funeral Portrait
The Everyday Losers

Saturday July 13th:

Motionless in White
Red Sun Rising
Andrew WK
Stabbing Westward
Light the Torch
Eyes Set to Kill
Raven Black
Impending Lies
Monster Dolls

Sunday July 14th:

Five Finger Death Punch
I Prevail
From Ashes to New
Smile Empty Soul
Beyond Unbroken
Monster Dolls
INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival’s incredibly unique festival setting – the historic Ohio State Reformatory – is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year). The Ohio State Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience!

Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding gourmet food trucks and more.

With the concert happening outside, INKCARCERATION will feature 70 local and regional tattoo artists tattooing all weekend inside the reformatory. Appointments are recommended if there is a specific artist you would like to work with. Visit www.inkcarceration.com/tattoo for information on how to book your appointment and to see a full list of featured tattoo shops, companies and artists. Tattoo competition details and judges will be announced soon.

Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but INKCARCERATION will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive!

INKCARCERATION 2019 Ticketing Details:

All available via https://inkcarceration.frontgatetickets.com/!


Now offering MILITARY DISCOUNTS via GovX (12% off Weekend Tickets Only)
Visit GovX here to buy tickets!

Single Day General Admission (Early Bird)
ONE General Admission Wristband includes:
– Field pass for concert
– Access to the tattoo convention
– Self-guided reformatory tours.
Starting at $65

Weekend General Admission
ONE 3-day General Admission Wristband includes:
– Field pass for concert the entire weekend
– Access to the tattoo convention
-Self-guided reformatory tours.
Price $199

In its first year, INKCARCERATION brought enormous entertainment to over 18,000 fans, and this year, the festival aims even higher. Stay tuned for more news coming soon about INKCARCERATION

Artist Profile -Jared James Nichols

He is sight to behold and an smorgasbord to the ears!

In honor of Record Store Day , this past weekend I wanted to do a spot light on a lesser known artist but one that will be lesser known for only a little while longer . I brought out my vinyl I bought at a show ” Take My Hand ” and allow me to introduce to Jared James Nichols .


I was  first was introduced to to JJN at a Zakk Wylde   show when he was direct  tour support . I showed up thinking oh great I have to sit thru another opener. Well to be surprised is an understatement .This guy is awesome, his modern take on the blues and   rock is unparalleled in today music landscape.I immediate went to his merch table  after his set and bought a record I had to hear more .

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Fast forward  a couple of years later and I was delighted to see he was announced for the opening slot of the latest John 5 and The Creatures Tour . Like before this artist just belew me away and the fact that he does not use a guitar pick is just amazing .He uses his thumb like Steve Harris  of Iron Maiden uses his fingers . It is a sight to behold and an smorgasbord to the ears.

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A lot of people complain that there is not new music or good music coming out , well open your ears citizens there is a new sheriff in town !! and his name is Jared James  Nichols  .

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Please see his official site at https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols