Let's just get it out of the way early. Yes, Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys' name is a reference to marijuana. And yes, many of the songs on the group's first disc, Texas Hill Country, mention or allude to marijuana.
With those songs, Reefer and the Boys have steadily built a pretty big buzz on the local scene. The group combines classic country, western swing, bluegrass and a touch of rock 'n' roll for a wholly original sound.
"The Texas singer-songwriter phenomenon that's come on the past five or so years — we decided we really didn't want to go down that route," says drummer Neal La Croix. "We've played in front of punk-rock crowds. We've played in front of biker crowds, rockabilly crowds. Everybody comes away from the show feeling good."
Reefer himself channels Hank Williams (the original), from his matter-of-fact delivery to his spot-on yodeling. The group even hosts a Hank Happy Hour every Thursday at the Big Top.
Beaumont native and local rockabilly favorite Jesse Dayton has found that fiction can be pretty lucrative. It can also be plenty fun.
After more than 15 years of making a stylish rock-country hybrid best categorized as "NashVegas," Dayton got an unexpected phone call from monster metal-head Rob Zombie.
"The voice on the other end says, 'This is Rob Zombie,' " says Dayton. "I'm like, 'The rock 'n' roll guy?' "
The reason for Zombie's call: He needed somebody to create music for Banjo & Sullivan, a fictional country music duo that goes missing, presumed to be part of the body count in Zombie's new carnage-fest film The Devil's Rejects.
"It was really all out of left field how it came about," Dayton admits.
You should come out and check some good local tallent - Vibe Committee. A bluesy funk band with a flute player and a female singer. Also, soon to record a new album. Until then, you can grab some MP3s from their web site and the Chronicle's...