Two Tons Of Steel

Two Tons Of Steel

 San Antonio, Texas, USA
BandCountryAmericana

Americana music, pulling from rockabilly, honky tonk, punk rock and everything in between. "Not That Lucky" hits #4 on the AMA Charts.

Biography

Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of high-energy country meets raw punk.

The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.

Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label, “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up
the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998.

In 2013, the band marks 18 years of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.” The summer-long event drew 13,000 fans in 2012 and more than 150,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995.

The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006. Two Tons released “Not That Lucky” in 2009. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Americana Music Charts and has made Two Tons of Steel a band to watch in 2013.

Two Tons Of Steel, Kevin Geil, Jake 'Sidecar' Marchese on Upright Bass, Will Owen Gage on Lead Guitar and Rich Alcorta on Drums continued to push the line between country and punk with their most recent project 'Unraveled' produced by Lloyd Maines in 2013.  The band recently wrapped up recording on their latest album, again with Lloyd, and expect a release early next year.

Lyrics

Vegas

Written By: Kevin Geil

Vegas
Two Tons of Steel
Written by Kevin Geil

She said she felt like driven
Then took the keys from my hand
By the way she was smiling
I knew she had a plan
She put on some cool sunglasses
And fixed her pretty dress
Said now I feel like livin’
And licked she ruby lips
Singing bye, bye, bye

She looked at me with the cutest grin
Asked me had I ever been to Vegas
I said no I’m not the gamblin’ type
But I’ve seen that movie 16 times with Elvis
She said life’s to short to live like this
And with a little kiss
We sang bye, bye, bye

Life’s for livin’ for givin’ not knowing what’s in store
Taken chances, late nite dances
Makin’ love on the living room floor
Singing bye, bye, bye

As we drove on right through the nite
We held each other tight and I was thinking
Maybe we could strike it rich
And then we’d never come back for Vegas
I like the bright lights of that city
And how they sparkle in her eyes
She never looked so pretty
I was a lucky guy
Singing bye, bye, bye

Life’s for livin’ for givin’ not knowing what’s in store
Taken chances late nite dances
Makin’ love on the living room floor
Singing bye, bye, bye
Singing bye, bye, bye
Singing bye, bye, bye

Hold Over Me

Written By: Kevin Geil (BMI)

I WASN’T LOOKING FOR YOU
I WASN’T LONELY OR BLUE
WASN’T SEARCHING WHEN I FOUND YOU
AND YOU WEREN’T LOOKING FOR ME
DIDN’T CARE TO BE SEEN
EVEN THOUGH YOU WHERE ALL THAT I COULD SEE

STANDING THEIR BY A BROKEN DOWN PIANO
CIGARET BURNING IN YOUR HAND
YOU WERE THIER WITH SOME OF FRIENDS
AND I WAS SINGING IN A ROCK-N-ROLL BAND

NOW YOU GOT A HOLD OVER ME
CHAINS AROUND MY HANDS
CHAINS AROUND MY FEET
NOTHING LOOKS BETTER NO ME
THEN THOSE CHAINS AROUND ME

I WASN’T READY FOR YOU
DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
WHEN I FOUND I WAS FALLING FOR YOU
AND YOU WEREN’T LOOKING FOR ME
EVEN THOUGH I COULD SEE
YOU WERE LOOKING AT ME
SINGING SONGS SOUNDING JUST LIKE ELVIS
LOVE ME TENDER SHACK MY PELVIS

NOW YOU GOT A HOLD OVER ME
CHAINS AROUND MY HANDS
CHAINS AROUND MY FEET
NOTHING LOOKS BETTER NO ME
THEN THOSE CHAINS AROUND ME

STANDING THEIR BY A BROKEN DOWN PIANO
CIGARET BURNIN IN YOUR HAND
YOU WERE THIER TRYING TO HEAL YOUR HEART
AND I WAS READY TO BE YOUR MAN

Discography

"Not That Lucky" (Smith Entertainment/2009), "Two Ton Tuesday Live From Gruene Hall" (Palo Duro Records/2007), "Vegas" (Palo Duro Recods/2005), "Transparent"(Palo Duro Records/2004)

Set List

CRYING EYES*
TWO TONS OF STEEL*
MAYBE I*
LOVE IS HERE TO STAY*
BABY YOU GOT ME*
STINKIN' DRUNKS*
KING OF A ONE HORSE TOWN*
VEGAS*
MAYBE I*
YOU KNOW*
ALCOHOL AND PILLS (Fred Eaglesmith)
MY GAL IS RED HOT (Billy Emerson)
I WANNA BE SEDATED (the Ramones)
HAVANA MOON*
(THE ANGELS WANNA WEAR MY) RED SHOES (Elvis Costello)
YOU'VE GOT A HOLD OVER ME*
I WANNA DANCE*
UNGLUED*
YOU KNOW*
ICE CREAM MAN (John Brim)
NOT FADE (Buddy Holly)

*written by Kevin Geil