Longneck Strangler

Longneck Strangler

BandCountryRock

Outlaw country meets rock and roll! A little bit Hank, a little bit AC/DC and a healthy dose of twang, flash and honky-tonk - they're all a part of the Longneck Strangler sound. As the boys would say - to borrow a phrase - Longneck Strangler is a lot of country, and a lot of rock and roll.

Biography

Is Longneck Strangler a country band?

When Longneck Strangler overdrives Hank Williams Sr.'s "Hey Good Lookin'" to a swinging 140 beats per minute, is this country music? When Longneck Strangler applies steel guitar and the two-step to the Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Woman", is it only rock and roll? Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, David Allan Coe, Queen, ZZ Top -- it all gets Strangled.

If both their love of rock and roll and their being from Detroit is not enough to deny Longneck Strangler an invitation from the Grand Ol Opry, a quick inspection of Longneck Strangler reveals that the singer is sporting a mohawk, the guitarist slings a Gibson Flying V and stops moving only to work the steel guitar, the drummer waves a mane of long black hair as his sticks hit the skins, and only the bass player (occasionally) wears a cowboy hat. These four combine diverse but overlapping backgrounds into the Longneck Strangler sound, which you could arguably label country...or rock and roll.

Their new CD - My First Rodeo - breaks the barriers that have grown between these estranged musical cousins. Produced by Chuck Alkazian (Sponge, Christina Aguilera, Uncle Kracker), and recorded at Pearl Sound in Canton, MI, My First Rodeo captures the rock and country mix that has those who first hear Longneck Strangler saying - "I don't like country music, but I like what you boys do."

From the true-life "Out Getting Drunk Over You", to the barn-burning "Take Me Off This Mountain"�, through the swingin' door honky-tonk of "Choose You Over Booze" and the instantly infectious rocker "Gone, Gone, Gone", My First Rodeo showcases the writing and performing talents that have made Longneck Strangler must-return artists at every venue they play. Lastly, their haunting, harmony-filled, acoustic-driven take on the Allman Brother's "Midnight Rider" is just one example of how the boys Strangle the classics to make them their own.

Born in Mississippi, lead vocalist Ricky Lentz is the closest thing to a true southern gentleman that Longneck Strangler can offer. In addition to his vocal talents, he has been known to add fiddle and harmonica to the mix. Ricky may be wearing an acoustic guitar, but he is also a gifted lead guitarist who has chosen e to focus on his singing while onstage with Longneck Strangler. Regardless of the instrument, his musical pedigree is balanced with equal parts punk, hillbilly and hip-hop.

Jeremy Kanouse , the aforementioned long haired drummer, is Longneck Strangler's musical wolf-in-sheep's-clothing. Though the drummer's role in country music is typically defined by restraint, when the moment calls Jeremy will channel the power of John Bonham, Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell. Pay close attention, and you'll hear that this lifelong drummer is also an outstanding singer.

Holding down the gunslinger spot is Rick Browarski, who has earned the nickname 'Guitar Rick'. Give him eight bars and hell show you that Guitar Rick is more than a way to avoid mispronouncing his surname (bro-var-skee). He holds a degree in music from the renown Wayne State University Jazz Studies program, though his formal education is balanced with countless gigs in all styles of music. Ricks contribution to Longneck Strangler grows from the same branch of the musical tree that connects Ron Wood, Brian Setzer and Angus Young.

Kevin Davis, known as K.D. to his friends, has country music in his blood, as some of his family are Country Music & Bluegrass Hall Of Fame inductees who have worked with such names as George Jones, Conway Twitty and Bill Monroe (to name a few). K.D. has also been on tour playing bass with such names as Uncle Kracker, Tantric, David Allan Coe and Bret Michaels (his country project) and he brought both Rick and Ricky together in an earlier Detroit based project that was often described as a modern-day Lynyrd Skynyrd.

A little bit Hank, a little bit AC/DC and a healthy dose of twang, flash and honky-tonk - they're all a part of the Longneck Strangler sound. As the boys would say - to borrow a phrase - Longneck Strangler is a lot of country, and a lot of rock and roll.

Lyrics

Take Me Off This Mountain

Written By: Longneck Strangler

TAKE ME OFF THIS MOUNTAIN

Oh won’t you take me off this mountain
Oh won’t you take me cross that field
Won’t you take me down from this one-horse town
I can get you some lovin’ on the run

Tattoos and whiskey and girls that never sleep at night
They just go on and on till the break of morning light
I keep ‘em with me, they’re with me all through the night
Just wait ‘till two, then I'm starting a fight

Oh won’t you take me off this mountain
Oh won’t you take me cross that field
Won’t you take me down from this one-horse town
I can get you some lovin’ on the run

Gone Gone Gone

Written By: Longneck Strangler

GONE GONE GONE

She’s gone. gone, gone - my baby’s gone away
She’s gone. gone, gone – (I) don’t know what to say
She’s gone. gone, gone – now it’s time to play

When I drink I drive her crazy
She needs help and I'm just lazy she says - I know it’s true
Down and out of luck again
Try my best for her but then she goes - What can I do?

(CHORUS)
Well she’s gone, gone gone - my baby’s gone away
She’s gone. gone, gone – I don’t know what to say
She’s gone. gone, gone – now it’s time to play

She goes out with other guys
She comes home and tells lies but I know – I'll say goodbye
She says I can’t live without her,
Can’t recall what I like about her now - And that is why

She’s gone. gone, gone - my baby’s gone away
She’s gone. gone, gone – (I) don’t know what to say
She’s gone. gone, gone – now it’s time to play

She comes on just like a car wreck
All she wants is my next paycheck, now - I know it’s true
I told her there’s too much hurtin’
So on us I'll draw the curtain and now- What can I do?

She’s gone. gone, gone - my baby’s gone away
She’s gone. gone, gone – (I) don’t know what to say
She’s gone. gone, gone – now it’s time to play
She’s gone, gone, gone – now it’s time to play

Out Getting Drunk Over You

Written By: Longneck Strangler

OUT GETTING DRUNK OVER YOU

How many nights have I spent in the E.R. with X-rays of my broken hand?
How many times must I learn what I’ve done from the tapes of security cams?
Another day spent with another hangover, I'll tell you what I'm going to do
I know what you’re thinking, but I'll be out drinking, I'm out getting drunk over you

You’ve taken my dogs, my car and my money, and left me here all alone
I suppose it could both be true and be funny, (that) I'm reaping the seeds that I’ve sown
A quote from my lawyers - “we’d love to destroy her” - but I’ve got better things I should do
The price may be handsome, but I'll pay the ransom, to get myself free from you

I'm out getting drunk over you
It seems like the thing to do
I know what you’re thinking, but I'll be out drinking
I'm out getting drunk over you

How many times have I searched all my pockets, when I have my keys in my hand?
How many times must I walk ‘round the parking lot, when I can barely stand?
There’s no point in clinging, the fat lady’s singing, and there is no doubt that we’re through
This is my warning, I'm gone until morning - I'm out getting drunk over you

I'm out getting drunk over you
It seems like the thing to do
I know what you’re thinking, but I'll be out drinking
I'm out getting drunk over you

Maybe you miss me, and maybe you don’t; now I wouldn’t know either way
Maybe you’ll call me, and maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll come back to stay
Now that it’s over I think to myself – did I do the best I could do?
I’ve taken your pictures down off of the shelf, and I'm out getting drunk over you

I'm out getting drunk over you
It seems like the thing to do
I know what you’re thinking, but I'll be out drinking
I’m out getting drunk, I'm out getting stoned
I'll probably spend this cold night alone
I know what you’re thinking, but I'll be out drinking
I'm out getting drunk over you

Discography

My First Rodeo - EP

Set List

When performing a one-set showcase, we play primarily originals, with a few re-interpretations of classic country and classic rock songs. Longneck Strangler is also capable of handling a 3-set night in any bar, juke joint or honky tonk that likes outlaw country and rock and roll. We play rock songs like a country band, and we play country songs like a rock band, strangling the following songs into our own style -
My Best Friend's Girl
Mama Tried
The Weight
Longhaired Redneck
Tennessee Whiskey
Just The Good Old Boys
Midnight Rider
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound
Stripes
Melissa
Whole Lotta Rosie
Stay With Me
East Bound And Down
Cocaine Blues
Ball And Chain
Take This Job And Shove It
Honky Tonk Woman
All My Rowdy Friends
Good Hearted Woman
Ring Of Fire
Tuesday's Gone
Ooh La La
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
White Lightning
Lonesome, Ornery and Mean
Fat Bottom Girls
Guitars, Cadillacs
Dead Flowers
Sunspot Baby
Stuck In The Middle With You
Mama, Don't Let