What started as nothing more than a revved up rockabilly band playing for tips at Layla's Bluegrass Inn, on Nashville's famed Lower Broadway, has turned into a closet industry doing over 200 shows a year. Though you might still find the Casino playing at Layla's when they're home, they've taken their show on the road as well. Theatres, clubs, and backwater bars from Hollywood, California to Bergen, Norway, have seen the boys roll in, set up, and lay waste to any and all in attendance, Whether they're in some small club on their own, or supporting acts like the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rancid or The Reverend Horton Heat, these boys can play on any stage, in front of any audience, and own it. In December 2006, the Hillbilly Casino opened several dates for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and every night this virtually unknown (at the time) band received standing ovations, and had new fans lining up to get their debut CD "Sucker Punched".
Now they've got three full length CD's under their belt. "Sucker Punched" (Dec. 2006), "Three Step Windup" (April 2008) and "Hang Your Stockings... Say Your Prayers" the band's Christmas CD (Nov.
2008). Each one totally DIY, produced and engineered by Firebaugh and Dickson and recorded in Andrew Dickson's garage, lovingly known as "Studio D". Each CD blends elements of honkytonk, rockabilly, psychobilly, and straight up rock and roll. Every member of the Hillbilly Casino brings their own special flavor to the band, from Nic's background in hip hop and rockabilly, to Geoff's love of old school punk rock and ska, and you'll find elements of all of this in every Hillbilly Casino record and show.
2008 also saw the release of "Buy-in" a full length documentary by Doug Farrar at Rockstep Creative. Doug followed the band around for over a year, attending dozens of shows, and collecting performance, and interview footage, which he compiled into a revealing look at a band just trying to make a living and have fun. While you'll see alot of bands sitting around waiting to get "signed", the Hillbilly Casino took a cue from bands like Black Flag, Fugazi and Youth Brigade, booking their own tours, and producing and releasing their own CD's and t-shirts, and spending hundreds of hours in their old grey Econoline van getting the rock 'n' roll out to the people. From thirty minute opening slots, to 3 and 4 hour marathon sets, these boys are gonna bring their "A" game and you'll probably get tired before they do. Read more on Last.fm.
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