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Frustrated by the dearth of ROCK N’ ROLL in the popular music milieu, brothers Cannon Lee and A.T. Moore founded TAILGUNNER JOE in the Spring of 2007. The brothers’ vision was inspired by ROCK N’ ROLL legends like MC5, The Stooges, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols, bands that combined catchy, infectious writing with punk attitude and energetic, balls-to-the-wall performances that left audiences shocked and reeling. The later addition of guitar phenom K.C. Pierce of Tampa folk rockers BRER provided the band with a thickened sound and enhanced stage show.
Since then, TAILGUNNER JOE has gained momentum and critical accolades including Creative Loafing’s BEST LOCAL BAND AWARD and SPIN MAGAZINE’s TOP 7 UNSIGNED BANDS TO WATCH.
The current lineup provides an extremely eclectic sound combining hooky melodies, indie feel, and southern riffs to create a band that truly embodies the ROCK N’ ROLL ideal.
In July 2008, TAILGUNNER JOE released THE RED SCARE EP, mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer RICHARD DODD, featuring the danceable punk/indie single THE STREET. Late 2009 will see the release of TAILGUNNER JOE’S second EP, THE MONEY GAME, including the indie/rap collaboration of the same title, THE MONEY GAME, featuring local Tampa rapper P.KUMLAWDI. With the star power and production style of Orlando rocker Louis DeFabrizio of GASOLINE HEART, THE MONEY GAME is guaranteed to add a whole new dimension to TAILGUNNER JOE’S already uniquely identifiable style and rally the masses to a new ROCK N’ ROLL ANTHEM