By Jim Schutze
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Hitch a ride: For the past five years, local country fans who wanted a little kick in their boots but thought Ryan Adams was a pussy had a rallying cry for their favorite brand of whiskey-fueled music: "Speedtrucker, motherfucker!" The local country quartet is known for a two-step that keeps pace with Hank Williams III, but as it turns out, the band will no longer keep pace with itself.
"Man, the way things are going, I don't see us doing any more than these last shows," says Michael Cox, Speedtrucker's lead singer. Disagreements in the band's "direction" were irreconcilable enough to make this weekend's three-night concert stand their last, and even though Cox says there are "no hard feelings," he also says, in about as deflated a voice as possible, "I thought we had something."
They still do, thankfully, as Cox points to new solo projects--along with drummer Bruce Alford's latest gig in Stoney LaRue's band--keeping the separate members busy after they raise a few at their farewell shows Thursday night at Dan's Silverleaf and Friday and Saturday nights at Adair's. All shows start at 9 p.m.; no cover at the Adair's shows.
"For me, the main thing was playing a lot of different styles and using a lot of dynamic levels," Byrom says about standing out during the lengthy competition. His current gig as drummer for local jazz/blues player Joe McBride will take him on a tour to South Africa in March; afterward, the 27-year-old is hopeful that phone calls will start pouring in for drumming gigs with touring national acts.
Normally, we'd say that Dallas bands don't have a chance in getting exposure when SXSW patrons are too busy seeing overhyped national acts, but this year's fest already looks oversold. Where will the masses go when Belle and Sebastian and the Arctic Monkeys sell out in .04 microseconds? To see Bosque Brown and the Strange Boys, we hope.