Those outlaws of country music have done it again! The Sickstring Outlaws have released their new CD, ‘Electric Moonshine’ (A tribute to Popcorn Sutton). In contrast to their last CD, in which they honored all their outlaw country music heroes, this one is a hilarious reflection of Ron Houston’s life. Tearing out pages from his his own personal experiences, from altercations with the police to a deranged love affair with “Cocaine, Cigarettes and Lone Star Beer.” Along with the current “Sick” line-up, Ron Houston, Ben Zinn, Lance Dieckmann, Drew Zollo, Gavin Glenn and Lisa Winston, There are some familiar guest on this recording.
Drew’s brother Jimmy Zollo returns to fill in some of the guitar parts and Grammy Award winner Dennis Caplinger lends his talents on fiddle and banjo. After a roller coaster ride of songs about outlaw living, this CD ends with a well arranged tribute to Popcorn Sutton, an American Appalachian moonshiner who was the subject of a documentary about moonshine and later committed suicide rather than report to federal prison for offense related to moonshine production.
One thing this recording has in common with the last is it’s outstanding sound quality. It was mixed and mastered by Marc Desisto at Studio West
So, strap yourselves in and hang on to your cowboy hats…
Ron Houston started off playing as an acoustic act at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach a few years ago and then went on to open mike night at Winstons where he floored the crowd. After a few line-up changes the Sickstring Outlaws have found the right guys for the job. They have opened for David Allan Coe in Hollywood and have opened for many local acts such as Cash’d Out, Married by Elvis and so on….They have been described as hillbillys on steroids. The Sickstring Outlaws live show is a electric hoedown not to be missed.
“Rootin’ tootin’, knee slappin’ country licks that David Allan Coe would be proud to have influenced. These outlaws have done an impeccable job at recording the two faces of classic country – the solemn and the silly – to deliver a lively set with killer harmonies, menacing fiddles, heartfelt honesty and odes to whiskey.”
“This band is clearly influenced by Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard and other Classic country stars, but the music is still super-fun and has a tough sound all its own.”