Much like the timeless rock bands which have inspired Guns of Nevada, their sound is defining a new blend of rock and roll music creating a distinct sound and a unique mix of Cowpunk, Americana, and Roots Rock.
Their melodic three and four part harmonies, foot-stomping groove, and fist pounding rhythms are guaranteed to be memorable and will stick with you long after the show. A Guns of Nevada performance is a dynamic, good old fashioned crowd pleasing experience.
Seattle based band Guns of Nevada, founded in 2007, has two albums already under their belt. Their first release was mastered by legendary Seattle producer and icon, Jack Endino, who is well known for his work with Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Nirvana. Guns of Nevada are four veterans of the Seattle music scene, Earle Thunders lead vocalist and guitar, John Pagano on bass and vocals, John Holme on drums and vocals, and Scott Riley on guitar and vocals.
Heavily influenced by bands like The Clash, Social Distortion, the Ramones and even AC/DC they manage to create a sound interwoven from genres like Punk, Blues and Rock. Experiencing a Guns of Nevada show live is where you’ll see them shine playing to standing room only crowds whether it’s in the heart of the club scene or energizing crowds in rural settings often overlooked by their contemporaries.
To their credit, Guns of Nevada’s music has been featured in three independent films and on the CMT reality show, “Chopper Challenge” where the songs “Outlaws” and “Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs” were showcased in the summer of 2008. They’ve played the Gorge Amphitheater in WA alongside such rock legends as Joe Cocker, Tom Petty and even country star Toby Keith. Guns of Nevada can be heard on several radio stations across the country, and even in other countries such as Spain.
In February of 2012 they released their newest album, “Songs in the Key of Whiskey”. With new management, a new album, planned 2012 tour dates and increased airplay expect to hear more from Guns of Nevada.
Earle Thunders, Lead Vocalist, Guitar: Earle is a veteran of the Northwest music scene. Before the formation of Guns of Nevada he was the singer/main instigator for the band, Lucky Stiff as well as the guitarist for the short lived ska/punk band, Stumblebum. In the early 90’s he worked briefly on radio and for a Seattle based indie record label. When not performing with Guns of Nevada you can most likely find him playing small, one man acoustic shows around the greater Northwest region.
John “Jethro” Pagano cut his teeth in the music biz on the mean streets of Hollywood performing for acts such as Betrayer and Mystery City. After a short jaunt in Portland Oregon creating the band Beggar’s Opera with now front man Jeff Loftis of Malfunkshun John moved to his new home in Seattle. There he has been influential in the post grunge scene with such bands as The Lesbian Muff Divers, Men From Mars, The Hell Monkey, Roller and more recently Hartwood. When not playing with Guns of Nevada, John is enjoying his own creation of "country disco" with the Seattle band, The Disco Cowboys
John Holme, Drums, Backup Vocals: John has been playing drums professionally for the better part of 30 years. Getting his start in the Wild West country of Montana, his musical adventures have taken him on a journey to various locations and situations. John worked with Lucky Stiff previously and continues to play the occasional show with Dirty Hollywood, the ultimate Motley Crue tribute band.
Scott Riley, Guitar: Scott grew up in the Rock & Roll Mecca of Bremerton Washington. As a guitarist he has played with countless projects over the last three decades, a few being Bent Richard in the 90’s and The Prom Kings through much of the 2000’s. Scott also does an occasional show with the Motley Crue Tribute band Dirty Hollywood. Since 1996 he has been the owner/engineer/producer at his Seattle based Independent label Shortdog Records working with many
Earle Thunders - Lead Vocals and Guitar
John Holme - Drums, Backing Vocals
Scott Riley - Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
John (Jethro) Pagano - Bass
Debut album "Guns of Nevada" released 7/2008
"Songs in the Key of Whiskey" released 2/2012
Guns of Nevada- Good rock and roll cliches
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?"Guns of Nevada is based on rock ’n’ roll cliche, and I mean that in a good way. They play so...
?"Guns of Nevada is based on rock ’n’ roll cliche, and I mean that in a good way. They play songs about whiskey and women and all of the other barroom-rock themes, and they do it well enough to justify a cover charge. Think Social Distortion but a little less punk, a little more straight rock, and you’re getting close."- Pat Muir, Yakima Valley Herald Feb 21st 2013
Guns of Nevada comes to Missoula
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"There is something to be said for creating tunes the audience can sing along to by their end.." Thi..."There is something to be said for creating tunes the audience can sing along to by their end.." This brand of rock and roll doesn't allow for much opportunity to re-shape the musical formula, so to be better than the rest bands must do so lyrically, like when Guns sing, "It's hard to wave goodbye in handcuffs." It's hard not to raise a Bud Light to that."
Guns Of Nevada Joins Lineup At Watershed Music Festival
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Guns Of Nevada Joins Lineup At Watershed Music Festival Guns of Nevada Joins Blake Shelton, Miranda...Guns Of Nevada Joins Lineup At Watershed Music Festival
Guns of Nevada Joins Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam and Others at The Watershed Music Festival on August 3, 4 and 5 at the Iconic Gorge Amphitheater
SEATTLE, May 2, 2012
SEATTLE, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alternative Country Rock band Guns of Nevada is excited to perform at Live Nation and ACM Promoter, Brian O'Connell's, inaugural Watershed Music Festival. Located at The Gorge Amphitheater in the Pacific Northwest, it's an ideal setting with breathtaking landscape and sweeping views of the Columbia River. With superstars ranging from Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and many others expect the event to be a memorable experience fans will not forget.
This will be the third time Guns of Nevada has played at the picturesque Gorge Amphitheater. This time they will be performing songs off their new album titled "SONGS IN THE KEY OF WHISKEY." To encourage their fans to experience them live, Guns of Nevada is holding a drawing for a FREE pass for the entire three-day festival (valued at $90), plus a "SONGS IN THE KEY OF WHISKEY" CD autographed by the band and currently available for purchase on iTunes. The drawing and winner will be announced June 23, 2012. The winner must meet three criteria: registered with the Guns of Nevada mailing list at GunsofNevada.com; "LIKE" the Guns of Nevada Facebook page; and follow @GunsofNevada on Twitter. Winner announcement and details will be posted on the Guns of Nevada Facebook page.
Although considered alternative country rock, Guns of Nevada is a unique mix of Cowpunk meets Americana with their melodic three and four part harmonies, foot-stomping groove and fist pounding rhythms. According to Dennis Pelowski, Manager of The Meat Puppets "Guns of Nevada's new album 'SONGS IN THE KEY OF WHISKEY' is cool. Go figure. How did a band of Seattle-ites come up showing the talents of true southern soul country - and that includes Skynyrd. You will want this as road trip fuel." The first single off their new album "My Bible and My Gun," can be heard here.
"This is just one of several announcements we have planned for Guns of Nevada in 2012," says manager, Jaye English, of Spoondog Entertainment Group. If you haven't seen a Guns of Nevada show, the Watershed Music Festival is the perfect opportunity to catch them live against the Gorge's visually stunning backdrop.
Three day festival passes will start at $90 and go on sale May 5 at ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
To schedule radio interviews, appearances, bookings, and inquiries contact Spoondog Entertainment Group. Like us on Facebook and follow us @SpoondogENT on Twitter. Spoondog Entertainment Group, LLC specializes in artist management, bookings and concert photography.
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Guns of Nevada comes to Ellensburg
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Country fans may remember the Guns of Nevada name from the Watershed country music festival. The g...
Country fans may remember the Guns of Nevada name from the Watershed country music festival. The group also opened for Tom Petty and Toby Keith at The Gorge. Other stages graced by the band include The Roxy, The Knitting Factory and most of the major clubs in Seattle.
Guns if Nevada’s sound has changed over time. Thunders explained that the group is constantly evolving and exploring what they are capable of.
Guns of Nevada-Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs
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Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs is your typical, twisted love-gone-wrong song. It's a simple story...Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs is your typical, twisted love-gone-wrong song. It's a simple story of domestic bliss that inevitably results in handcuffs and regret (and all to a happy little melody!). It was one of the first songs we wrote and recorded and is still one of our best known and most played songs. It garnered even more attention in the Summer of 2009 when CMT decided to use it and another one of our songs for the soundtrack for their TV reality show, "The Chopper Challenge". Since then it's been played numerous times on terrestrial and online radio and podcasts. It was even used in the independent film, "A First Time for Everything".
Guns of Nevada -- Countrified rock 'n' roll, loud and proud
Guns of Nevada -- Countrified rock 'n' roll, loud and proud.
"The music (Guns of Nevada) is reminiscent of the good days of punk rock like Social Distortion and the Ramones while mixing a blend of modern western charm and reality."
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The music is reminiscent of the good days of punk rock like Social Distortion and the Ramones while ...The music is reminiscent of the good days of punk rock like Social Distortion and the Ramones while mixing a blend of modern western charm and reality.
“Guns of Nevada joins Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam and more at the Watershed Music Festival August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheater.”
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SEG artist Guns of Nevada joins Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelt...SEG artist Guns of Nevada joins Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam and more at the Watershed Music Festival August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheater.
"Guns of Nevada prove that Seattle still rocks!"
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There has been a totally unintentional bias towards bands from the Northwest recently, especially Se...There has been a totally unintentional bias towards bands from the Northwest recently, especially Seattle. But don't assume that this is out of laziness. We are scouring the Earth for great independent acts as you read this, and we promise that other regions will be featured soon :) But the fact is that independent Rock and Roll is burgeoning anew out of the once great music mecca! And since 2007, the Guns of Nevada have been leaving their mark all over Seattle's vivacious soundscape.
"Guns of Nevada Launch New Album, "SONGS IN THE KEY OF WHISKEY""
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SEATTLE, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guns of Nevada, a Seattle based band with musical influences...SEATTLE, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guns of Nevada, a Seattle based band with musical influences ranging from Social Distortion to The Rolling Stones, has launched their latest album "SONGS IN THE KEY OF WHISKEY."
Album review in Dirty Rock Magazine
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South meets East meets West Guns of Nevada make no secret of the fact that they liberally steal f...South meets East meets West
Guns of Nevada make no secret of the fact that they liberally steal from the Ramones, AC/DC and the Man in Black. They're covered in dirt and drip with punk rock attitude so you'd have to say their "liberal" borrowing has paid off.
With a bit of southern twang as on "Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs" and "Let Not Be Alone" you get an interesting mix traveling via New York through the south and topped off in the Pacific Northwest.
Odd, but a sound that on the whole comes together far more naturally than you'd expect on paper. Guns of Nevada say they're true believers in PBR: punk, blues, rock. And on this album thats exactly what you get.
Guns of Nevada - A Local Band with Connections
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By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer Guns of Nevada's biggest song was written as a joke. Singer Gavin...By Andy Rathbun
Guns of Nevada's biggest song was written as a joke.
Singer Gavin Haugen said he rattled off the country rocker "Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs" in a matter of minutes, basing the lyrics on nothing other than a funny turn of phrase. The group sent the song to "Chopper Challenge," a CMT reality show. Next thing Haugen knew, the song was being played over the end credits of an episode, he said.
It just goes to show that the best songs don't take years to write.
"You can agonize over a song for six months, and it sucks," said Haugen, an Edmonds resident. "And you work on something for 10 minutes as a joke for yourself and people like it. So I can't complain."
Hopefully, the crowd at the Oak Harbor Tavern won't complain, either, when the quartet brings its blend of outlaw country and punk rock to the bar on Saturday night.
The group will play behind its self-titled debut, which it self-released in October. The nine-track album includes the relationship send-up "Hard to Wave Goodbye…," the thudding guitar of "Outlaws" and a souped-up cover of "Jackson," a song popularized by Johnny Cash.
With lyrics that name-drop outlaws and jail, the question must be asked: Have the four guys ever been on the wrong side of a cell?
"I've served more than a day in jail, let's put it that way," said Haugen, 38. "And (bassist) Adam (Green) has served longer than that."
Haugen declines to give specifics, other than to say that the run-ins were for minor stuff, and that the other band members -- guitarist Donnie Lemmon and drummer Doug Lynch -- have kept their noses clean.
The group doesn't only have ties to the judicial system. While the band formed in 2007, it already has substantial links to the Northwest's music scene.
Through a loose connection, the group was able to get its self-titled debut to Jack Endino, the famed Seattle producer who worked on early albums by Nirvana and Soundgarden. Endino mastered the album, a form of post-production that cleans up its sound.
"The guy's got a couple of platinum records under his belt," Haugen said of Endino. "It can't hurt."
That's just a business connection, though. The group's other big tie is a blood bond. Green, who performs under the name the Reverend Adumb Green, is the older brother of Jeremiah Green, a drummer for platinum-selling rockers Modest Mouse.
Outside of inviting Jeremiah Green to a show, Guns of Nevada hasn't tried to take advantage of that connection.
"We never really asked him, 'Hey can we open for you guys?'" Haugen said. "I don't think, with the Modest Mouse crowd, that we would go over too well."
That's a fair bet. While Modest Mouse embraces a noisy brand of alternative rock, Guns of Nevada stresses a more traditional sound, coming across like Social Distortion as it blends in influences such as Johnny Cash and the Ramones. It's the type of music perfect for a bar, which is where it will be heard on Saturday.
Haugen said the crowd should expect high drama and good music.
"It's like chaos, but somehow it works," he said. "It's sweaty and dirty and there's beer spilled and hurt feelings, and tears and a lot of laughing. That's the easiest way to put it, I guess."
Reporter Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2009The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA
We typically perform a 45 min set that contains 13-14 songs however we can play longer.
GUNS OF NEVADA
Sample Song listing:
- MY BIBLE AND MY GUN
- AINT NO STORY
- HARD TO WAVE GOODBYE IN HANDCUFFS
- AMELIA, PLEASE
- PAINT YOU
- LOVE THE GIRLS
- LONESOME, DRUNK, AND BLUE
- CHURCH OF BLOODY MARY
- ROCKY TOP
- 300 MILES
- ADIOS KING
- MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE
Sounds like: Social Distortion, Supersuckers
Album mastered by Jack Endino whose credits include: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Accused and the Supersuckers.
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