With a high-energy blend of rockabilly, honky tonk, and punk rock, Hillbilly Casino pride themselves as champions of Real American Music. Spend time with any of their four full-length albums, and you’ll hear influences from Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, The Blasters, Nick Curran and more. Their newest album, Red, White & Bruised, continues their legacy of original compositions that capture the classic American sound, harkening back to the days when rock ‘n roll was considered dangerous.
But the live experience is the best way to appreciate the crazy energy of Hillbilly Casino. Their unbridled energy and punk-rock mania has become legendary over the last ten years, and these madmen from Nashville are still going strong. Bassist Geoff Firebaugh, guitarist Ronnie “Crutchero” Crutcher, and drummer Matt Arnn provide the soundtrack to dynamo frontman Nic Roulette’s shenanigans, and the energy is contagious. Hillbilly Casino can rile up a crowd and get ladies dancing like few other rockabilly, psychobilly, or punk bands can.
Hillbilly Casino pride themselves as much for their DIY ethic as their American traditional sound. Hailing from Nashville means that Roulette and the boys have seen a lot of artists sit around looking pretty and waiting to get signed by a big label. Taking a cue from their favorite punk bands, Hillbilly Casino have always booked their own tours, produced and released their own albums and merch. This work ethic combined with their fireball live show is more than enough to make their Real American inspirations, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Ian McKaye, plenty proud.