Indie Music

6 Questions with The Shootouts

The Shootouts are known for their fun blend of honky-tonk, Americana, and old-school country. For this latest edition of 6 Question With, we caught up with the band during an extensive U.S. tour supporting their new star-studded indie album “Stampede.”

Q1: Your new album “Stampede” is produced by Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel and features Raul Malo, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, and Buddy Miller. How did that happen, and how did recording with so many Nashville legends feel?

We were introduced to Ray by a mutual friend, and when Ray asked what we needed and how he could help us, that friend suggested he produce our next album. We were delighted that Ray agreed, and the logistics all came together so well for that to happen! We’ve played opening slots for Raul, Marty, and Jim in the past (and were guests on the Buddy & Jim Show), so we reached out and asked if they’d be willing to join us on some songs. All of these legends were incredibly gracious in sharing their time and talents with us. They are all huge influences in our music, so to have them on Stampede was truly an honor – and they are a ton of fun to work with too!

photos by Jamie Escola

Q2: Your music has been described as a mix of old-school country and honky-tonk. Which artists have influenced your music?

Certainly, all of our special guests! You can also hear influences from Chuck Mead and BR5-49, Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, Nick Lowe, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, and many others.

Q3: The band has been on the road quite a lot over the last year. Has being on the road changed, and are audiences different than before the pandemic shutdown?

I think we’re certainly more aware and conscientious about staying healthy, both for ourselves and others, but for the most part, things are pretty much back to “normal” for us. We are grateful!

Q4: You are in the middle of a very extensive US tour that continues throughout the Spring. Are there any venues or cities that you’re particularly looking forward to?

We had the great honor of making our Grand Ole Opry debut in February, which was an absolute dream come true, and finished that tour run with a showcase at SXSW! Looking ahead, we are excited to return to some old favorites (like Skinny Dennis in Brooklyn, NY, The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, and many others), as well as hitting some new-to-us cities (Boston, MA, and Providence, RI). We’re still adding shows for the year too!

Q5: When you’re on the road, do you have routines, habits, or “must-have” items in the dressing room?

We are a band that really likes to eat, and we especially enjoy trying local specialties while traveling. Emily also likes to plan visits for us to important historical sites when time permits. We try to be pretty low maintenance, so we don’t have much in the way of dressing room must-haves! And we really like to sleep, so you won’t often find us out super late after playing. Haha.

Q6: Tell us something about the band or one of your members that your fans might be surprised to know.

While we absolutely love country music, we also have really diverse musical tastes, and you never know what we’ll be listening to in the van when we’re on the road! Some fun, perhaps unexpected, favorites:

  • Ryan: everything from Tom Jones to Garbage
  • Emily: Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga
  • Brian: Metallica
  • Kevin: Motorhead
  • Mark: Sly & The Family Stone

Find the full Shootouts tour and follow them on Bandsintown.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank, a Senior Advisor at Bandsintown, President of the Skyline Artists Agency, and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.

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