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Who: The Barstool Romeos
When: Friday, February 22 (10 pm)
Fans of Knoxville music, knoxmusictoday.com favorites The Barstool Romeos will be celebrating the release of a new album, Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal, with a show at Barley’s in the Old City on Friday, February 22. The Romeos always bring a flair for the entertaining to the stage and the crowd will likely be filled with a Scruffy City who’s who of local legends and celebrities. Here is a portion of Matthew Everett’s fine preview of the show for Metro Pulse -
The Barstool Romeos’ origin story is a gradual one, starting a few years ago when Andy Pirkle and Mike McGill were hanging out listening to bluegrass and country records. Pirkle, following the break-up of his punk band Speedshifter, had just won $500 in the lottery, and had used the proceeds to buy his first acoustic guitar.
“He had brought a couple of songs to the table that he had written or was almost done writing and it clicked,” says McGill, who also plays with the Drunk Uncles, in an e-mail interview. “I started playing some leads, and the next thing you know, he was like, you should play an electric. This kinda terrified me, because I was from a strictly acoustic/bluegrass/choral background. That being said, a few days later he plugged me in to a Fender amp with a Gibson Melody Maker guitar and we did the obvious thing.”
Pirkle and McGill then recruited bassist Josh Sidman and drummer Eric Keeble, who played with McGill in the Drunk Uncles, under the name Andy Pirkle and the Axis of Evil. (Nate Barrett, of Hudson K and Jack Rentfro’s Apocalypso Quartet, filled in for Keeble during some gigs.) The band’s honky-tonk and rock ’n’ roll sound was evident from the start, but the early shows were rough, McGill says.
“It was hard at first, to say the least,” he says. “I go back and think about some of the songs when we first started playing and writing, and I think to myself, dear lord, how did we ever used to play these songs that slow?”
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