The Barstool Romeos are a honky-tonk rock & roll band from Knoxville, Tennessee. They play original music and an occasional cover in a style that screams “old school." Songwriters Mike McGill and Andy Pirkle front the band, leaning heavily on their classic country and rock & roll influences. Bass player Josh Sidman has roots in classical music and bluegrass. This palette of experience, mixed with the real-life, working-man personas of each band member creates a unique sound that truly speaks to fans and critics.
McGill, Pirkle, and Sidman began playing shows together in 2008, and their original band quickly became a favorite in Knoxville’s music scene. They played in bars, at burlesque shows, at outdoor festivals, and they even opened for Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rock. In 2010, encouraged by fans and inspired by their accomplishments, the guys reincarnated themselves as the Barstool Romeos. They have never looked back.
The members of the Barstool Romeos have performed multiple times with the Jompson Brothers (featuring Grammy-nominated Chris Stapleton), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marty Stuart, Elizabeth Cook, John Anderson, Blackberry Smoke and multiple shows with the White Lightnin’ Burlesque Troupe. Other notable gigs include Tennessee Shines, WUTK Rock Radio, All Over the Road with Wayne Bledsoe, headlining the WDVX K-Town Sound Show, and several spots on WDVX’s live Blue Plate Special. McGill and Pirkle have a year round concert series called the Three Star Jubilee featuring the regions best in Country, Bluegrass, and Honky Tonk on every Sunday at the famous Barley's Taproom in Historic Old Knoxville.
The guys still love to play at bars and festivals, and in 2013 they will be touring the Southeast with their new debut album, "Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal" that boasts their own brand of honky-tonk rock and roll.