Fire In The Kitchen came together in the fall of 2011 when they first started recording their debut album. The band's energy soon seeped out from the studio at the beginning of 2012 when they started actively gigging throughout the state of Texas. Since then they've been taking the state and by storm with their energetic performances and laughs in between tunes.
With influences from Ryan Bingham, Ryan Adams, Bob Schneider, The Black Keys, and Vampire Weekend, they have created a sound worthy of late night drives on highways as well as night's to remember with new friends.
The music stems from lonesome road trips searching for the deeper questions and life's idiosyncracies. Perfect for adventures or simply wanting to through your fist at the sky. Fire in the Kitchen wants to be your highway soundtrack no matter how long the road is. The local quartet, featuring front man and guitarist Aaron Blackerby, make what they’ve described as “Texas rock music for the wanderers – and wonderers.” - Laurie Gallardo, Austin Music Minute
Currently you can find them touring around their homestate the state of Texas building their following and working towards their debut album with Houston producer Jefferey Armstreet (Folk Family Revival, Shelley Coley, Robbey Seay Band).
Aaron Blackerby - Harmonica, Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Russell Cole - Drums
Wes Price - Guitar!
Stephen Motz - Bass
Fire in the Kitchen's Aaron Blackerby talks Texas cuisine & the band's seat-of-their-pants style
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Nine months ago, San Antonio/Corpus Christi native Aaron Blackerby decided to make some music. His p...Nine months ago, San Antonio/Corpus Christi native Aaron Blackerby decided to make some music. His philosophy was simple, “record an album, and then gig to promote it.” The musician assembled Fire in the Kitchen, a group of Austin-based musicians that cook with enough Texas soul to justify the culinary epithet, then quickly found a producer and a secluded one-room studio in Austin so that he could start recording.
Several sessions later, the studio yielded some straightforward and heartfelt southern rock songs such as “Hey, Mr. Preacher Man,” “Weeping Gun,” and “EM&M,” and an album was well on the way.
If you come to a Fire and the Kitchen show expecting to hear music, you’ll stumble away feeling like you just spent a weekend in Luckenbach with Willie, Waylon, and the Boys.
The album is shaping up nicely, but Blackerby prefers the stage. “I finally got so antsy that I wanted to play and start getting the word out about our tunes,” the musician confessed to me, adding that ”[he] just can't stand to feel like [he’s] not being proactive on a daily basis with this band.”
In the studio, Fire in the Kitchen’s music sits comfortably amidst the current wave of Neo-Americana acts such as Drive-By Truckers, Glossary, and the Old 97’s. On the stage, however, the band’s individuality speaks for itself.
For the last five months, Fire in the Kitchen has been showing audiences across Texas a great time. The band’s “Big Little Texas Tour” has primarily focused on playing around Austin, and has also made stops in Bryan, Bee Cave, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Fort Worth, and Dallas.
On stage, Blackerby and Co. have been known to switch instruments mid-set, they would never turn down a drink from the audience, and they always strive to deliver a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants set every single night. If you come to a Fire and the Kitchen show expecting to hear music, you’ll stumble away feeling like you just spent a weekend in Luckenbach with Willie, Waylon, and the Boys.
Saturday evening’s show at Fitzgerald's is the last stop on the tour, and Blackerby has a few surprises in store for everyone in attendance.
CultureMap: Your shows are full of passion and spontaneous moments, perfect for the crowd at Fitzgerald's. What's the wildest FITK performance that you can recall?
Aaron Blackerby: I think the wildest one in recent memory was our show at the Triple Crown in San Marcos. It's a more intimate venue and we showed up right on time to play after playing another gig elsewhere. As we were putting all of our stuff on stage, my dad, who had driven up to see the show, started feeding me whiskey drinks and I'm so thirsty that I throw a couple down before we started playing. After telling the crowd that my dad was getting me drunk everyone seemed to join in on the party and really dig the music.
CM: Tell me about the Big Little Texas Tour, and why you chose Fitz's to be the last stop. Any big surprises planned?
AB: Well...we're nearing our nation's independence day and if there happened to be fireworks on the way over to Houston we might pick some up.
Really, we just want to put on a kickass show for y'all on Saturday. Everyone in the band is extremely pumped about this show and playing at historical Fitzgerald's. We'll be cranking out some new tunes that our fans in Austin have yet to hear. We've finally put in enough practices to where we feel comfortable debuting them to the public.
On stage, Blackerby and Co. have been known to switch instruments mid-set, they would never turn down a drink from the audience, and they always strive to deliver a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants set every single night.
CM: Do you play here in Houston often? If so, what have been some of your favorite venues?
AB: This is going to be our second time to play in Houston. The first time we got to play at the Last Concert Cafe' and I think that was one of the most fun shows we've played. Plus the guys that frequent that place ar
Don't Put That Fire Out
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Your Austin Music Minute maven does have a thing for what I’ve referred to as “traveling music.” Tha...Your Austin Music Minute maven does have a thing for what I’ve referred to as “traveling music.” That is the awesome stuff you take with you on road trips that triggers a sort of lonesome or searching side of you that gets you thinking. Perfect for road adventures, or simply driving on. So that being said, any long stretch of highway would be perfect with a band like Fire In the Kitchen on your personal soundtrack. The local quartet, featuring front man and guitarist Aaron Blackerby, make what they’ve described as “Texas rock music for the wanderers – and wonderers.”
It looks as though plans are in the works for some studio time next month to record a new single for release in the summer, and hopefully an entire album’s worth for a fall or winter release. Meanwhile, make plans to see Fire In the Kitchen perform tonight at The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St. It promises to be a lovely evening with the McMercy Family Band, Mangia Negra and a solo set by Little Brave on the bill. The music starts at 9 p.m. Recommended.
Kick A Hole
Thoughts of A Scarecrow
I've Already Started
Reality vs. Dreams
Hey, Mr. Preacher Man
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