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Jammin' with 90 Proof Twang

Fans of local country bands have been running on empty for a while. The once “king of country crowds”, Kenny Welch Band dispersed one by one into other bands and Kenny still remains missing (presumed alive and in Ohio). The stellar song writing and performance band, Dan Varner Band, took time off and some members took on spots in other band’s or duos. Danny Frazier is still in the circuit (with DVB’s Nick Netherton) and doing well. But the other Big Dog country bands are off the list.
Rising up through the ashes of defunct country acts, one band is taking the reins, 90 Proof Twang. Josh Brock (singer/guitar), Dave Cornett (lead guitar), Mark “Beef” Bishop (bass) and Bob Huff (drums) have put together a southern rock/modern country show that enjoys the same crowd energy KWB once did.
Unrestrained infectious energy is the hook to their show. Sure Cornett bests many famous country acts with his six string stretching. He’s not fooling anyone paying attention, he’s a rock guitarist gone country. Yes, Beef is putting on his best bass bumps and showmanship out front (just as he did in KWB). Bob is certainly keeping perfect time and smiling all the while on his kit. And it’s obvious front man Josh is putting his all in every lyric and note, he’s feeling it. The talent shines if you’re looking, but it’s the energy that attracts the crowd. The “fun of it all” is what 90 Proof Twang is about. That’s the key to solid bookings.

The band’s original work is more modern country than rock. You can hear a couple tracks on reverbnation.com/90prooftwang and see their info on facebook. The live show set list is mostly hot country; Jason Aldeen, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Rodney Atkins, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Justin Moore (and more). Plus amped up classics from Nitty gritty Dirt Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash and Hank Jr. The list is country, but the sound is more rock. Much like Kid Rock.
That’s the perfect way to build crowds as girls want to dance and guys want to rock. 90 Proof Twang hits them from both sides in a crossfire of country rock. It’s obvious these guys are having the time of their lives and that rubs off on the audience.
It’s either that, or the fact that nearly every modern country song is about drinkin’ and screwin’. Or a bit of both (plus the liquor). Either way, it’s a rowdy raucous of a country show and it’s been a while since I’ve seen one quite like it. If you miss drinkin’ & dancin’ with KWB or DVB, 90 Proof Twang is the band you’ll want to watch for in the band guide.

 

 

 

 

 

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