Much like the timeless rock bands which have inspired Guns of Nevada, their sound is defining a new blend of rock and roll music creating a distinct sound and a unique mix of Cowpunk, Americana, and Roots Rock.
Led by front man Earle Thunders, Guns of Nevada delivers a musical cocktail of one-part Outlaw Country, one-part Bluesy Rock, and one-part pure Americana. It’s a potent mix of powerful songs which appeal to all age brackets and will remind you where the roots of rock and roll came from.
Their melodic three and four part harmonies, foot-stomping groove, and fist pounding rhythms are guaranteed to be memorable and will stick with you long after the show. A Guns of Nevada performance is a dynamic, good old fashioned crowd pleasing experience. If you’re looking for great music, fun times and camaraderie in the crowd, then it’s time to see Guns of Nevada play live!
Seattle based band Guns of Nevada, founded in 2007, has two albums already under their belt. Their first release was mastered by legendary Seattle producer and icon, Jack Endino, who is well known for his work with Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Nirvana. Guns of Nevada are four veterans of the Seattle music scene, Earle Thunders lead vocalist and guitar, John (Jethro) Pagano on bass and vocals, John Holme on drums and vocals, and Scott Riley on guitar.
Heavily influenced by bands like The Clash, Social Distortion, the Ramones and even AC/DC they manage to create a sound interwoven from genres like Punk, Blues and Rock. Experiencing a Guns of Nevada show live is where you’ll see them shine playing to standing room only crowds whether it’s in the heart of the club scene or energizing crowds in rural settings often overlooked by their contemporaries.
To their credit, Guns of Nevada’s music has been featured in three independent films and on the CMT reality show, “Chopper Challenge” where the songs “Outlaws” and “Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs” were showcased in the summer of 2008. They’ve played the Gorge Amphitheater in WA alongside such rock legends as Joe Cocker, Tom Petty and even country star Toby Keith. Guns of Nevada can be heard on several radio stations across the country, and even in other countries such as Spain.
In February of 2012 they released their newest album, “Songs in the Key of Whiskey”. With new management, a new album, planned 2012 tour dates and increased airplay expect to hear more from Guns of Nevada.
Earle Thunders, Lead Vocalist, Guitar: Earle is a veteran of the Northwest music scene. Before the formation of Guns of Nevada he was the singer/main instigator for the band, Lucky Stiff as well as the guitarist for the short lived ska/punk band, Stumblebum. In the early 90’s he worked briefly on radio and for a Seattle based indie record label. When not performing with Guns of Nevada you can most likely find him playing small, one man acoustic shows around the greater Northwest region.
John “Jethro” Pagano cut his teeth in the music biz on the mean streets of Hollywood performing for acts such as Betrayer and Mystery City. After a short jaunt in Portland Oregon creating the band Beggar’s Opera with now front man Jeff Loftis of Malfunkshun John moved to his new home in Seattle. There he has been influential in the post grunge scene with such bands as The Lesbian Muff Divers, Men From Mars, The Hell Monkey, Roller and more recently Hartwood. When not playing with Guns of Nevada, John is enjoying his own creation of "country disco" with the Seattle band, The Disco Cowboys
John Holme, Drums, Backup Vocals: John has been playing drums professionally for the better part of 30 years. Getting his start in the Wild West country of Montana, his musical adventures have taken him on a journey to various locations and situations. John worked with Lucky Stiff previously and continues to play the occasional show with Dirty Hollywood, the ultimate Motley Crue tribute band.
Scott Riley, Guitar: Scott grew up in the Rock & Roll Mecca of Bremerton Washington. As a guitarist he has played with countless projects over the last three decades, a few being Bent Richard in the 90’s and The Prom Kings through much of the 2000’s. Since 1996 he has been the owner/engineer/producer at his Seattle based Independent label Shortdog Records working with many local bands and song writers in his home based studio known as the Doghouse.
Note to bookers/promoters: this is the min. stage requirements for Guns of Nevada-
1. 4 Boom Style Mic Stands with SM58 or equivalent mics
2. 3 stage monitors. 2 in front and one in back for drummer
3. If available. 1 small boom stand for kick drum.
4. A mixer with a minimum of 6 mic inputs
5. Minimum of 2 Main Loudspeakers containing a horn and a 15” woofer each.
6. Power amps to power stage monitors and Mains
7. All cabling needed to assemble and make the system functional.