Birmingham, Alabama, USA

"...the best southern punk rock since Lynyrd Skynyrd." Don VanCleave_The Artist Organization


Far from the city lights and flashy glam rock bands, lies the gritty soulful power-trio from the backwoods of rural Alabama a "Southern rock group hailing from Birmingham, may be the Heart of Dixie's next big hope:" BEITTHEMEANS.

The current BEITTHEMEANS lineup, Josh Jones (guitar, vocals), Casey Wilson (bass) and Nathan Kelley (drums), began writing and compiling material in fall 2006 in the woodshed for what became their new sophomore full-length album and best effort to date, "Crude Alabama Storytellers" self-released in August 2008.

"Best southern punk rock since Lynyrd Skynyrd," said The Coalition of Independent Music Stores President Don VanCleave. Warren Haynes invited them to open shows for Gov't Mule at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham and The Tabernacle in Atlanta.

BEITTHEMEANS has landed opening slots for national touring acts such as Gov't Mule, Kings X, Kid Rock, Jet, Verbena, The Knack, Burning Brides, Breaking Benjamin, Tantric and for Ron Jeremy's touring comedy act, just to name a few.

BEITTHEMEANS is most often mistaken for "vietnamese" by the general public. The name comes from the southern saying "be it the means" which loosely translates to 'whatever it takes.' Be-it-the-means can be summarized as just that; the means to an end, to the beginning, brutal truths in the shape of music. The story of the music is felt down to the core, to the soul of the listener. Punctuated by diverse guitar and bass rhythms, the abrasively- gripping lyrics sends the listener down that dirt road to see the realness of their story. So "be it."

In the summer of 2003, after various recorded demos and a fading attempt of creative differences as a three-piece band, founding members Nathan Kelley (drums) and Jeff Hendon (guitar, vocals) were searching for a bass player. Josh Jones (guitar, vocals) and Casey Wilson (bass) were a tag team of rock set in stone years before by a chance meeting at Casey's daddy's funeral where they found common ground influenced by hard upbringings (to say the least); the loss of immediate loved ones as Josh had already witnessed the passing of both his mother and father earlier in life. Josh and Casey joined Nathan and Jeff to round out the lineup and bring BEITTHEMEANS to full fruition with a dual singer/songwriter/guitarist frontman format to boot.

As a four-piece rock outfit comprised of small town Alabama boys, the members of BEITTHEMEANS declared Birmingham their home base and self-released their first full-length album "Shotgun Radio" in 2004 to positive reviews. After promoting the album extensively throughout 2005 and most of 2006 and garnering the attention of major promoters, record labels and entertainment lawyers alike, Jeff parted ways with the band in the summer of 2006.

"Standing at the intersection of Skynyrd and Zeppelin, the group's unapologetic taste for Marshall stacks and songs about girls (particularly the heartbreaking kind) offer redemption for listeners sick of irony and pretentious, statement-about-the-world acts. These guys are the real deal," says Creative Loafing.


Shotgun Radio--(2004 independent full length debut)

"Crude Alabama Storyteller's"
2nd Full length Album 2008

Low Dose Exposure--(compilation disc on Skybucket Records)

Crude Alabama Storytellers--(August 2008, second full length independent release)

Head Held High--(2012 Ol Elegante Records)

Set List

All original sets. Covers are rare occurences (few and far between).

Sets usually consist of 10-15 songs ranging from an hour to an hour and a half "or so."