White Animals with The Cactus Brothers
Sat, Oct 13 9:00 pm
White Animals: The White Animals consistently play to packed venues throughout the south places like in Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Birmingham, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, Chattanooga Tennessee, Oxford Mississippi, and have recently played successful tour dates in Virginia and South Carolina. White Animals tour dates also support the bands compilation CD, 3,000 Nights In Babylon -- which draws from the bands previous Dread Beat Records six album catalog - White Animals CD's and merchandise are available at all White Animal tour dates. The Cactus Brothers: Highly arresting and energetic Nashville band, the Cactus Brothers formed in the late 80s as a spin-off from rock band Walk The West, who released one album on Capitol Records in 1986. Former members Paul Kirby (26 July 1972, Alburqueque, New Mexico, USA; lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Will Golemon (b. 16 November 1963, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; guitar, banjo, backing vocals), John Golemon (b. 18 July 1972, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; bass) and Richard Ice (drums) were joined by Tramp (b. Michael Halpin Lawing, 16 March 1965, Marion, North Carolina, USA; fiddle, mandolin, guitars, backing vocals) shortly afterwards, while Dave Kennedy took over on drums. By 1991 Walk The West were no longer a going concern, and as the Cactus Brothers, this nucleus earned its first recording contract with Liberty Records in the summer of 1992. Prior to the signing, the group was featured in Pure Country, a George Strait film shot in Texas, which featured the group composition ‘Crazy Heart’, while Tramp and Kirby contributed on two other songs. The Cactus Brothers was released in May 1993, with Sam Poland (pedal and lap steel guitar, dobro) and David Schnaufer (electric and acoustic dulcimers, harp) added to the line-up. It was an excellent introduction to their rough-edged country sound, that showed the influence of bluegrass and rock. Those alerted to the group’s songwriting prowess would not be surprised to learn that both Kirby and the Golemon brothers descend from noted country songwriters (Dave Kirby having penned material such as ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?’). In promoting the disc the group traveled over 60, 000 miles in the USA, while 1994 brought appearances in Eire, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and at the UK’s Cambridge Folk Festival.