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We just got back from the 69 South show in Hopkinsville, and I gotta tell ya I had a blast! I haven't been to a local club in awhile, and it was fun. I just LOVE original music, and their originals were smoking. They can get the crowd going, and Mike Thomas is really a bad ass guitarist. Solid drums and bass, but Chad Audas has some of the best vocals I have heard in a very long time. Jeff Jones backing these guys was indeed the perfect addition to fill the rest of this band out.

So if you have a chance, do yourself a favor and check these guys out. You won't be let down, unless they yell "Last Call!"

George Black
Powerhouse Rock Radio
www.powerhouserock.net - George Black Fan Club


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69 South brings country rock to Boiler Room

5/9/2007



BY TABITHA MAY

For the Messenger-Inquirer

Though the members of 69 South hail from a smattering of small towns in Kentucky, they're hoping that their hard work, determination and talent will cast a long shadow -- and sound -- that extends to music lovers everywhere.

At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the quintet will do its best to win new fans in Owensboro when the players bring their rock-meets-Bocephus sound to the Boiler Room Lounge, 1100 Walnut St.

The performance is 69 South's first-ever stop in the area, said founding member Timy Moore.

"We're really excited to be playing in a new atmosphere," said the bearded drummer who's known for playing barefooted. "We've heard that Owensboro is a friendly place, and we're more than ready to be in front of a fresh crowd and bring them our music."

A native of Slaughters, Moore has led 69 South through several incarnations that began 12 years ago when he first began playing with lead guitarist Mike Thomas and Princeton-based bassist Terry "Mouse" Darnell in a garage band called Doghouse.

"I had just gotten out of the military at that time," said Thomas, who calls Hopkinsville home. "Mouse and I met up at a place called The Coffee Shop, and then next thing you know, we had us a little band going in Dawson Springs."

Admittedly, Doghouse wasn't created to be a band whose lineup was in search of fame or fortune, but merely a group of guys who enjoying jamming together.

Eventually, however, when vocalist-guitarist Jeff Jones moved from Alabama to Princeton and met Darnell and Moore, the trio began playing in a band called Southern Touch. Five years later they disbanded when their guitarist died of a heart attack.

Before calling it quits, though, they opted to play a final show to honor their late bandmate, but after that show, quitting just didn't feel right, they said.

"I called Mike and decided that it just wasn't the same, but I didn't want to quit playing," said Moore, who formally changed the band's name to 69 South after he, Thomas, Darnell and Jones recruited newest member Chad Audus, lead vocalist-acoustic guitarist.

Today, with a devoted following that religiously convoys from Christian County to Nashville and all parts in between, 69 South's sound is best described as a mix of several genres.

"It's like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but rocked up ... (but also a bit) like the Eagles," Moore said. "It's really mixed. Vocalists Jeff and Chad are straight-up country, but Mike's a little harder --more '70s and '80s rock. And we play upbeat tunes, not cryin'-in-your-beer music."

To sample the band's music or view its itinerary, access its MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/69south.

For more information on Thursday's performance, contact the Boiler Room Lounge at 684-4999. Admission is free . - Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer


Discography

69 South just finished recording a 5 song EP demo. Their song "Music Man" has been played on powerhouserock.net and is highly requested.

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Bio

69 South was born in late summer of 2003. In the beginning it was all for fun and the opportunity to get out and play some good music. They hit the bar scene in western Kentucky, and it was very soon evident that this was not just another bar band. In early 2005 Jeff Jones quit the band due to personal reasons and was replaced by Chad Audas. At that time the band had a female singer, and in early 2006 the band was forced to let her go. On a whim they asked former singer Jeff Jones to fill in until a suitable female could be found. He agreed and after one show the chemistry was undeniable. Chad and Jeff's voices blended in what can only be described as magical. There was no question about it, Jeff Jones HAD to rejoin 69 South, he knew it and the band knew it! Soon afterwards the reputation of 69 South grew immensely all throughout western Kentucky. They became a very highly demanded band because they packed the house wherever they went. 69 South has a good time wherever they play and involve the audience every chance they get. This results in people walking away knowing they were entertained by a professional band who showed them a good time.

69 South has shared the stage with Confederate Railroad, Buddy Jewell and Trace Adkins. The music they play is country, southern rock and rock. Each band member has different influences which when blended together creates a dynamic sound.