Hometown: Tempe, AZ
We first saw these boy when we were unable to get into a sold-out Johnny Cash show at SXSW in 1994, so we walked across the street, and voila!! We were hooked on their country-inflected rock hybrid. Big, fuzzy, indie rock guitars filtered through an unashamed love of Gram Parsons and the Man in Black.
Among the finest music we’ve ever experienced involved moments when guitarist Dandy Dan Henzerling and pedal steel player Jon Rauhouse (the hunched over, mad genius of the steel who has gone on to record with Kelly Hogan, Sally Timms, and Calexico, has been playing and recording with Neko Case for the past several years and has released three solo CDs of his own) locked into perfect sync, creating one of the most rapturous dins ever. As their acoustic alter-egos the Inbreds, they can also whip out some of the best back porch bluegrass you'll ever hear.
Sadly, the band broke up in 2000 due to overall lack of interest on the part of the music buying public. Yet Sting continues to make a living -- there is no justice.