Cletus Got Shot

Cletus Got Shot

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Cletus Got Shot manages to bring together such various influences as Punk, Gospel, Folk, Swing, Rockabilly, Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Country, and combine them together in a way that seems like something totally new.

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Biography

Cletus Got Shot is a three piece string band out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, that is working hard to change the common perception that all String Bands are Bluegrass.

They aren't.

Cletus Got Shot manages to bring together such various influences as Punk, Gospel, Folk, Swing, Rockabilly, Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Country, and combine them together in a way that seems like something totally new.

They have been playing together for three years, and are currently promoting their 2nd album. While gigging constantly, sometimes over twenty shows a month, they still find time to write new material, and a second album is already in the works.

Cletus Got Shot is made up of three unique musicians who each bring a full skill set to the table:

Adam Cox plays guitar and sings, and also writes the majority of the songs. His style of guitar playing is very percussive, which is not surprising, when you consider that he also has been known to play drums in punk bands. Adam has a very powerful voice, and it easily cuts through both the fastest barn-burner and the slowest ballad. His lyrical hooks seem simple at first, but not easily forgotten.

Nathan Miller is a native son of Arkansas who brings a strong tradition of folk style singing and mandolin playing into the mix. He comes from a family that maintains strong ties to their community and strives to pass on local lore through community picking parties.

Mark Landry sings and plays a hand-built upright bass he crafted from a gas tank and native Arkansas hardwoods. He plays slap bass in the Rockabilly style, and along with Adam's guitar playing, the lack of a drummer is no oversight.

Cletus Got Shot has played hundreds of shows in its admittedly brief time on the music scene. The band has played in shows from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Asheville, North Carolina, with countless stops in between.

They've opened and shared shows with Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Split Lip Rayfield, Big Smith, Those Darlins, Izzy Cox, My Tea Kind, Elephant Revival Concept and Ben Miller Band.

Lyrics

Kentucky

Written By: Adam Cox

Well, Kentucky....my sweet gal. Please don't forget me, cause I'll see you soon.

Kentucky, my sweet gal.

Discography

Cletus Got Shot released our self-titled debut album in February 2009, and our 2nd album "UnAmerican" was just released this past June. Since it went digital, you can hear our tunes in rotation on many different internet sites including INDIE104 - iRADIO LA, bananapeelradio.com, and soupygato.com, and we are often featured on "Crossroads" with Bob on KYRS-LP, 89.9/92.3 FM, in Spokane, WA.

Set List

Setlist? What’s a setlist?

Since we play mostly originals, you can expect to hear a selection from:

Kentucky, Cotton Fields, Preacher Man, Georgia, Float Away, Jamie Lee, Love 'Em & Leave 'Em, One More Round, Burn it Down, Workin' Man, Punk Rock Kid, Stained Glass Window, Desperation Blues, Charlie Jones, High Class Woman, Chains, Dead End Road, and Kick Your Ass.

Cover songs are just a few with a wide variety, including:

Hell (The Squirrel Nut Zippers), Las Vegas (Gram Parsons), Never Make it Home (Split Lip Rayfield), Don & Dewey (It's a Beautiful Day), Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash), Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Will Smith), Moonshiner (Uncle Tupelo), Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis/Tennessee Ernie Ford).

Length of sets depends on venue; we have been known to play a three-hour show without a break, but we prefer to keep each set at a maximum of 2 hours, with the possibility of a 4- to 5-hour show.