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THIS started with this reply on 4/8/2010 to an ad on Craigslist from a guy with a big basement, some drums, and a hope of not annoying his soon-to-be wife with a strangers coming over to their new home to play God knows what kind of music:
“Would like to talk about what y'all are looking for in a drummer-
Saw that you're into Lucero, and i'm into a good bit of the alt-country stuff as well, but really got into lucero, as they cover a song by one of my favorite band (Jawbreaker), and this is how i got into them in the first place-
So let me know y'alls thoughts, and it might be fun to get together and play sometime...I have a house with a big enough place to practice...
Give me a shout,
More emails were exchanged, and on 4/14/2010 Josh Robbins, Neil Mauney, Dan Smith, Evan Stepp, and Wes Hamilton showed up at Daniel Beckham’s house with their guitars, a lap steel, some beer and a good sense of humor, (not to mention a certain amount of skepticism about what may actually transpire in this stranger’s basement).
Everyone plugged in, played a few tunes that Josh, Dan, Evan and Wes had been working on in the previous months, and things just clicked. There was a certain sound in those early songs like “Charlton Heston”, “Honest Heart”, and “Do It Right” that was blending rock and country with the DIY and independent ethos of the indie and punk rockers the 80’s and 90’s that really excited everyone involved. They got amped up, shows were booked, and the ride began for Pullman Strike.
A few shows were booked, an EP demo was recorded, a bunch more shows were played. After that, a pedal steel guitar was purchased, an LP was recorded (“People We Know” recorded and engineered by the great Bo White), and Pullman Strike kept on writing new songs, playing them, practicing them some more, and refining their style. “Alt-Country” has been the de facto common theme, but with most saying there is much more to Pullman Strike than dropping them in the deep and wide bucket of alternative country.
Things have progressed nicely, and people have heard echoes of the Replacements, John Anderson, the Lemonheads, (and even Ramones?) in their live sets. Pullman Strike is evolving, and refining their streamlined lineup as a 5 piece. They’ve played pretty much ever room in Charlotte and have been regulars on the festival circuit at Treasure Fest, Between 2 Rivers Festival, and Recess Fest, and have received very kind words from Shutter16, Creative Loafing, Charlotte Observer, and Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine:
"The band’s strongest qualities — galloping Northeastern punk energy and plaintive storytelling — balance against each other nicely, resulting in an engaging, down-to-earth crossover approach." Corbie Hill, Creative Loafing
",,, it feels reductive to call Pullman Strike just an alt-country band. The sextet’s work today shows a steadily developing ensemble still finding ways to cultivate the middle ground between indie rock crunch and country creak" Bryan Reed, Charlotte Viewpoint
"This Charlotte band is heavily anchored in rootsy country - thanks to pedal steel and a helping of twang - like Drive-By Truckers it’s a Southern rock band at heart that sometimes hits on the driving force of early Pretenders" Courtney Devores, Charlotte Observer
"Whether you enjoy country music intermixed with rock or not, the Charlotte music scene seems to have a soft spot for Pullman Strike" Kristen Leake, Shutter 16
"All the swing and twang of a respectable country record. Yet, it still has roots in the sweat-and-PBR of punk and hardcore" Corbie Hill, Creative Loafing