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Mules shows in Texas NEXT WEEK!

Yes, you read that correctly!  Get excited now.  Our beloved Mules are going to be out and about and ready to play for you!  For those of you who are lucky enough to be in Texas next week, you better get out and get to it.  Details are below.  Tell your friends!!

11.13 at The Roost in Austin
11.14 at The Continental Club in Houston
11.15 at The Prophet Bar in Dallas

p.s.  These guys have a record that is going to be out for your enjoyment February of 2015. More details soon.

The Mules are coming to the ATL!

Posted on April 27, 2012


That’s right ladies and gentlemen!  After several years away from our fair city, the boys are returning to entertain the masses!  Thursday, May 24th at the Earl.  They will be joined by our dear friends Ocha la Rocha and American Anodyne.  Do not miss this!  Who knows when they will be back again!  Doors are at 8:30.  Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  You can get tickets through Ticket Alternative here.


The Mules and a Gecko…

If you haven’t heard, Geico has put their famous gecko on a tour around America.  As luck would have it, he found himself in Texas where he does a little line dancing to the new Wrinkle Neck Mules song, “Central Daylight Time”.  If you haven’t seen the commercial, we’ve uploaded it here.  The track will be released as a single soon and will definitely be included on the new album due out in February 2012.  More details to come on the album and such so, stay tuned.




Meet Stephen Simmons

Posted on April 25, 2011

Stephen Simmons hails from Woodbury, a small town in central Tennessee that’s known for Sunday socials, tent revivals and palm readings. After ten years in Nashville, Simmons is, in many ways, still that Church of Christ kid––humble, good-natured, but more than a little dark––as a songwriter and a road dog, his revelations are as exhilarating as a Tilt-a-Whirl. On his new record, The Big Show, Simmons combines his trademark insight and dark imagery with the wry humor and irony of a gifted songwriter who’s been around the block and seen more than his share of the true human psyche.

When asked about this body of work, Simmons said that this record was about more than just the life of an entertainer on the road.  “Ninety percent of the time I feel more of a kinship with a truck driver than Dylan or Springsteen.  People mainly see us in that brief window when were on stage and the lights are up, but most of the time were changing clothes in a gas station bathroom, killing time in a hotel or just driving. To me, the idea of a BIG SHOW is much more than that.  It’s also an analogy of our lives here on this World.”

Joining Stephen Simmons on The Big Show is his longtime producer and ringmaster Eric Fritsch (Sheryl Crow, Scott Miller), who also plays guitar and Hammond organ on some tracks. Simmons and Fritsch matched a renowned crew of musicians with songs best suited to each individual’s playing style. Other tracks feature Simmons alone, accompanied only by a beat-up Guild acoustic guitar and a harmonica.

The Big Show is Simmons’s sixth record. His previous works (Last CallDrink Ring JesusSomething In BetweenThe Blame’s On U.S. and Girls) have found him compared to the likes of Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams, John Prine and Tom Petty. The Big Show also owes a debt to that songwriting pantheon, but also includes influences as diverse as Van Morrison, Tom Waits and the acclaimed HBO series Carnivàle. Above all, The Big Show is an event––a showcase for a seasoned singer-songwriter who’s got stories, insights and melodies that are unique yet available to all. Step right up.


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