What can I say about this next band? I heard them on the Pepsi On The Rise tour as it made its final stop in Rome, Ga. Their sound was a complete throwback to my preteen and teenage years, yet it was fresh and new. The band I am talking about is a 4 member band from Gadsden, AL called Them Dirty Roses. The guys have been friends for most their lives, went to high school together, and now all live together in Nashville, TN. Them Dirty Roses are made up of 4 colorful, wonderful, and southern charming guys: Ben Crain, James Ford, Frank Ford, and Andrew Davis. They have been together only a year and half and have one of the bests sounds that I have heard in a very long time. They have a sound, showmanship, and electrifying stage show well beyond the time the band has been together. I can honestly say that this band has whatever “it” is. Every time I play their EP to someone, they automatically want to know who they are and where can they find more music.
Them Dirty Roses has a strong Southern Rock sound that has been lacking in the music industry since the late 1970’s. Their influences range from The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Black Crowes, Grand Funk Railroad, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, and many others. Though they have a sound influenced by many but you really can’t compare them to anyone but Them Dirty Roses. Their stage show is engaging, in your face, and non-stop energy from start to finish. I cannot praise this band enough. They are one of the most talented bands that I have come across. If you ask Them Dirty Roses how they would classify their music they would say “southern roots rock and roll”. They are trying paint a picture with their music and take you back to a “time when music was important”. One of the coolest things they told me about their goals with their sound was to take you back to when music was “a movement”. “Music was Facebook, Twitter, and text messages.” They just want to make music that tells a story and go back to the roots of music from decades ago.
When going through the song writing process, the range is all over the place. It comes from someone humming a tune, a chord or musical progressions, anything. The song writing comes from having something to say and telling story. The intent when making their first EP was making something that you just want to put in the CD player and let it play. They are all about the old school way of promotion of hanging the flyers, word of mouth, calling venues, and letting the hype of the band grow organically. They told me that social media is a great avenue to promote the band, but there is nothing better than to “have someone in your face, telling you what you missed by not being at the show”. Word of mouth is the best way to grow your band.
We talked at length about bands not playing Southern Rock anymore. They are seeing some small pockets of radio play but they feel that there is a great need and they are filling that hole. YouTube has been a great way for bands these days, but playing shows non-stop is still the best way to grow the fan base and that radio will catch up.
They have seen a great increase in the band’s name since being on the Pepsi On The Rise Tour. They feel that the tour has been a great learning experience. They are able to do music fulltime. Them Dirty Roses will be joining many other bands at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam and will be opening for Miranda Lambert. I am in hopes that the readers of Lyrical Lists by Layla will also help get the name, Them Dirty Roses out there as well. We know that Southern Rock is not dead and these guys are bringing that sound back. I love that they are unapologetic of being “in your face.
The best way I can describe the live show is a full set of balls to the wall music, with hair slinging, crowd interaction, and unbridled fun. They truly have a good time and are high energy. Their goal is to make people to forget everything but the music for the length of their set and “dance like no one is watching” Them Dirty Roses will continue to play their music and know that eventually radio will catch up. They will always be true to their sound and the fans will show up. Them Dirty Roses and I agree that there is a huge need for their music and have plugged into the hole that is missing. Southern Rock is a staple of music that appeals to the working class that want to rock out after a long week a work. It is a distinctive sound and Them Dirty Roses are true, new ambassadors to the sound. Them Dirty Roses are writing, recording, and performing music that are the type of songs that will stand the test of time and not just be a splash in pan. I told the band that I can hear, in their sound, that this will be the music that we are singing in 2015 and will be singing in 2045.
So we can expect Them Dirty Roses to be here a while and leave their mark. They are wanting to bring the soul back to music and make good music. If Rock and Roll is trying to roll over, Them Dirty Roses is here to bring the fun vibe, roll your window down, and jam out rock back. Them Dirty Roses refuse to let Rock and Roll lay down and fade away. The guys are going to be constantly touring, recording new music, and continue bringing Southern Rock to a town near you. I have linked a couple of my favorite songs, ways to find out more information on the band, and their social media. Like I said, these guys are one of my favorites that I have ever interviewed and one that is a daily play in my song list. You can purchase Them Dirty Roses’ EP on I Tunes now.
You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kA31jdEgsq7bN3ukqvg5w
“Cocaine and Whiskey” Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3fO4IfgfmI