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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.


Night Driving gettin’ some love…

Posted on April 27, 2010

The folks over at Team Clermont and Jenn Misko over at The Band Mom have been helping us spread the word about Night Driving’s new album, Serial Killer.  We are very thankful for their efforts!!

Blurt threw the album some mad love along with the likes of MGMT and Gogol Bordello.  You gotta love company like that! Check out the review here.

Radio stations all over this sweet country and Canada have been spinning the record like mad.  It entered the CMJ charts at #186!  Our hometown favorite station, WRAS -Album 88, has added it to regular rotation.  So a special thanks goes out to them!  Be sure to contact your local radio station to request a song!  And if they don’t have the record, we will get them one.  There are a ton of stations out there and we can’t keep track of them all.  But we are happy to get them a copy.

Night Driving also have several shows coming up around Atlanta and other spots in the southeast.  Check them out here.  Come out to a show and hang out with us while they kick out the jams.

And DON’T FORGET!!  The cd release show/zombie dance party is on May 21st!!  We are working on more fun things for that evening.  You don’t want to miss this.

Today is the day!!!

Posted on April 20, 2010

Serial Killer from Night Driving In Small Towns is officially out there for the world to fall in love with!  For those of you who pre-ordered through our website, your orders shipped this weekend.  You should be enjoying or close to anyway, your wicked toy along with the tunes.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, head over to our shop to pick it up.  If you want some instant gratification, you can go with the digital version over at Itunes or Amazon or Emusic or about 10 billion other websites (just Google it or Bing it, if that’s your thing).  Either way you slice it, its out there for you to snag.  SO SNAG IT!!  Happy Tuesday/Release Day!!!

The countdown is on….

Posted on April 6, 2010

only two weeks until Night Driving’s new album hits the streets kids!!!   Serial Killer is itching to get loose in the city streets for all of you to hear.  Don’t forget to pre-order the album in our store.  Its only $13, which includes shipping AND A SWEET TOY!!!  Yes, you heard us correctly, a sweet toy.  So get on over there and pre-order.

We are working on the release show at the Highland Inn.  We couldn’t be more excited about our ZOMBIE DANCE PARTY.  In honor of Serial Killer, we are bringing you one magnificent night of music and ghoulish antics.  The date is set for May 21st and we are stoked to have Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun as well as Oryx and Crake on the bill.    We will also be joined by the magnificent David Batterman and his mad photographing skills.  He will be taking your photos both candidly and if you choose, in a portrait style.  So get out your best zombie threads and drag your zombie-fied bones on down to the Highland Ballroom on the 21st of May.  We will keep you informed as the date gets closer!!!


News of the week…

Its been a while…we know.  We know.  Loads have been happening, we assure you.  Hence our lack of communication.   But we bring you news of things wonderful and exciting from the ATL.

If you haven’t heard, Butch Walker and the Black Widows are gearing up for the road.  And our dear Chris Unck will be reprising his role as a Black Widow.  Showing off his auxiliary skills on lap steel, tambourine, rhythm guitar, and whatever else he digs up.  We will be in Athens with the band, loving every minute of it.

New Wrinkle Neck Mules videos seem to be popping up left and right from their shows in NC and VA.  Thank you to all of you for sending them out.  We have laughed, cried, and jammed while watching them.  We will post more of those soon.

And for all of you that are waiting, patiently, for this new Night Driving record, you bet your sweet a*# that its going to rock your world.  We will be posting artwork soon.  The album will be out on April 20.  So mark your calendar.  And get ready, Atlanta, for a cd release show that will not soon be forgotten.  Until then, enjoy this picture from a recent photo shoot with the wonderful Dave Batterman.  More will be arriving soon!!!!!!  Or you can just check them out at Batterman Photography.  Good stuff kids.

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