Big Dad Ritch and the guys of Texas Hippie Coalition (THC) made Johnson City, TN the last stop on the Haulin Moonshine Tour. THC had Below 7, The Dirty Soul Revival and Belfast 6 Pack help them make this Sunday night in Tennessee one night not to be forgotten! On a personal note, this was my third time covering THC in Johnson City, and second time in this venue, although it was under a different name the last time they played here. Doesn’t matter what the venue name or location is, one thing is certain, Johnson City loves some THC!
Any time THC is involved, there’s a party, and Belfast 6 Pack more than did their part to get this party started at OT Sports & Social! Making the somewhat short drive from Knoxville, TN, Belfast 6 Pack didn’t waste any time getting the Johnson City crowd in the partying mood. Cranking out a set of original tunes like “Black Limo,” “Wampus Woods,” and “Blight,” along with a kickass cover of Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road,” the party was in full swing for the rest of the night! The guys in The Dirty Soul Revival kept that party vibe going with their brand of gritty rock n’ roll! They describe their music as dirty, gritty rock n’ roll, and the guys from Asheville, NC fit that description perfectly!
The Dirty Soul Revival had the lively OT crowd right where they wanted, playing some older songs like “Soul Crusher,” and tracks from their debut, full-length album ‘Brave New World,’ including “Can’t Hurt Me Anymore” and “Pray for Me.” I’ve been impressed every time I’ve seen these guys play, and I think you will be as well. The first time I saw The Dirty Soul Revival was when they opened for THC in this same venue two years ago. Be sure to give this band a try!
Below 7 is a band I had an opportunity to see open for THC a couple years ago in this same venue. To say they’ve grown since then would be a huge understatement! In those two years, they’ve signed to a record label (Pavement Entertainment), released a kickass debut album ‘Crashing Down,’ and been on a multi-state East Coast tour as direct support for Soil and Flaw. Jarrod (vocals) and the guys have been busy! To add to what has already been a busy 2019 for them, they are playing the Blue Ridge Rock Festival later this year in Concord, Virginia. Be sure to catch them on the road!
Tonight’s show had Below 7 in top form. They cranked out killer song after killer song off the aforementioned album ‘Crashing Down,’ including “Freight Train Coming,” “It Follows,” and the title track, “Crashing Down.” My personal favorites of the night were “Millennial,” along with crowd favorite and closing song of the night, “Fu & Ym2.” Go see these guys when they are in your area, but keep an eye on Jarrod though. It’s hard to say where in the venue he might be singing. He might be standing beside you, at the bar, or down in front of the stage!
THC frontman, Big Dad Ritch brought the Haulin Moonshine Tour into East TN to spread some Texas-style red dirt metal to the fine folks of Johnson City! Touring in support of this year’s release ‘High in the Saddle,’ their sixth studio album, THC was about to have OT Sports & Social rockin and rollin! Covering songs from all over their discography like “Hands Up,” “Pissed off and Mad About It,” along with several from ‘High in ihe Saddle,’ including the album’s first single, “Moonshine,” and “Stevie Nicks.” Big Dad Ritch (vocals), Cord Pool (guitar), Nevada & Larado Romo (guitar), Rado (bass) and new member, Devon Carothers (drums), sounded as good as I’ve ever heard them, and the crowd in Johnson City was eating up everything Big Dad Ritch gave them!
Even though this was the last night of the Haulin Moonshine Tour, there was no let down onstage. THC gave their fans here in East Tennessee an ass-kicking show! Each of tonight’s bands represented rock n’ roll music in their own style, proving to me and those in attendance, that rock n’ roll is alive and well! Whoever said rock music was dying needs to get out to a local venue (big or small) and see that rock is nowhere near dead. Tonight’s bands, and countless others like them, are carrying the banner high. Go see the show!