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"This Buffalo band rips through a healthy catalogue of blues, country, rock, and honky tonk; in other words, Americana. The Heavenly Chillbillies play with a wild and loud guitar-fronted recklessness a la Dan Baird, suited for gin mills and buckets of blood. Whether it's a shuffle, a boogie, or a beer-soaked rave-up, the trio dishes out heaps of blue collar, redneck fun."
— Frank De Blase, Rochester City Newspaper
The Heavenly Chillbillies are a three piece band consisting of Gabrial Mayer (Guitar) and long time collaborators Earl Irving (Bass) and Mike Olczak (drums). After getting together in early 2008 they knew right away that they had something special and wasted no time getting down to business. Months after forming, the band began playing local shows with good response and secured several residencies at local clubs. Since their debut at the Amp '08 festival they have played nearly 200 shows at venues ranging from small bars to festival crowds of thousands. Rescent festivals have included headlining the Annual Buffalo Blues and BBQ Festival, the Brockport BBQ and Arts Festival, BeatFEST, Music Is Art (put on by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls), and the Music is Art Mardis Gras Jam '11 (where they shared the stage with New Orleans Legends Tab Benoit and Carl LeBlanc). They have also been a featured artist of the Western New York Blues Society and were the runners up of the Memphis Bound International Blues Challenge. This year THC will be the house band for the Noational Buffalo Wing Festival and will be playing in front of ~85,000 people at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.
On the internet their presence is also growing as their FaceBook and Twitter fan bases grow. As a result they have been the featured artist at ImRadio.com and are consistently in the top 5 of the Reverbnation.com regional blues charts.
After years of constant live performances the band has released their first studio offering, aptly named, A Long Time Coming.
The Heavenly Chillbillies current goals are to to begin widening their fan base geographically by touring regionally in support of their new album. In an attempt to enter the next step of their evolution the band has purchased a used ambulance, affectionately dubbed 'The Jambulance', with the intention of bringing their music to new audiences further from home. Once fully outfitted 'The Jambulance' will provide the ability to set up and play anywhere at anytime as well as be the source of transportation and lodging for the band.
Now that they are armed with all of the tools that they need The Heavenly Chillbillies are on the road to succeed. When asked "How many shows are too many?" Earl responds, "Bring it on...we'll sleep when we're dead." For The Heavenly Chillbillies playing music is not a hobby or recreation. It is a requirement, their retirement plan, and their way of life.