Well, we did Planet Rock, Rockapaloosa and Monkey's Tail so far on the tour package. Today is the off day and we are sitting in Slippery Noodle Blues Bar in Indianapolis enjoying a cold one. Great town, having a lot of fun meeting and making new friends and fans. Looking forward to a great time at Visions Sports bar and Indy Jukebox this week. Indy ROCKS!
Wassup Gunners !
March has come which means winter is almost behind us and spring and summer are just around the corner. Been a lot going on and even more on the horizon, so let's get to it !
- First, please give a big welcome to our newest addidtion, Michael Meirs who will tickling the ivorys for us. Mike has help given the music an added depth and fattened up the sound. The first few rehearsals went well, but we had no idea how much the crowd would respond to the first show with him on stage. Last week we again shared the time beneath the lights with the "Texas Hippie Coalition", and with Mike on keys "train of pain" was a classic, "just as good a day to die" hit home, "squeeze my shotgun" rocked, and our version of "Black Label Society's" track "in this river" got the 900 in a full chorus sing-a-long.
- We are busy working on pre-production tracks and are scheduled to begin laying down Johni's drums in the next few weeks.Our original plans were to start recording our second album before another round of labels began showing interest, so the plan now is to record some of our most popular tracks with a few of the new ones in a top state of the art studio with high end engineering. If all goes to plan, the album will be ready by mid-May.
- Summer is looking big !, we already had been asked to join Australian rockers "Sunset Riot" on a few dates around the Oklahoma and Texas region, and last week we received an invitation to join the lineup at Rockapalooza in Jackson, Michigan on June 22.
- Also, "SGR" is happy to announce that we have signed on with Avid Promotions, and the staff is busy working hard at booking dates around Rockapalooza for us throughout the Midwest. As soon as the confirmations are secure we will post them up, so stay tuned.
- Help us spread the word and visit our sites and help share the links. We are on reverbnation, twitter, myspace, and in addition to the official "Shogtun Rebellion" facebook page, each member has a profile and also be sure to join the "Shotgun Rebellion Gun Club".
see ya soon ! your bassist, Jon Parr
Happy Holidays to all our fans, and so much thanks to each and every one of you for making this year absolutely amazing !
2012 saw us expand further outside of the Oklahoma City area and introduced us to so many more Gunners ! Also, thanks to the support of DJ’s and Programmers, “Shotgun Rebellion” is being heard on dozens of online and terrestrial radio stations and shows across the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Currently we are working on recording our second album “Double Shot” and plan to release it early next spring. The phone calls and messages are going back and forth as we also are talking with venues all around the southwest as we start to put together shows in dozens of new markets.
2012 was fun, but 2013 will be bigger !
Thank you for being a part of the ride, and we appreciate your support !
Been a hectic few weeks, a lot of irons in the fire !
Most importantly, Johni Walker is full on board as the new drummer and is blowing our minds. We are working him pretty hard, but he is picking up the material like a sponge. For all of our long time fans you won't believe what he is bringing to the table. Even to Steve, Rick, and I the songs are taking on a new life and kicking even more ass!
The timeline we anticipated to be back live has been moved way up...We just locked up an agreement to appear at the Rockstar Bar in Dennison, Texas a couple of times in November. Also we will be joining some good friends "The Joint Effect" out of Wichita for a show at the Ol' Memorial Lounge in Tulsa in December. As Johni gets more comfortable with the SGR catalog we'll add more dates as we can.
Another thing, as you've noticed we've been busting our butts on a ton of behind the scenes business stuff. Believe me, I've read more articles, blogs, and books on publishing, copyright, licenses, etc. in the last few weeks I think I'm ready to go down and try and pass the bar, lol...
We've been hitting the promotion angle pretty hard and it seems each week SGR is being added onto web radio stations from around the world. I get an airplay report once a week and it is very humbling and amazing to see fans jamming to "Shotgun Rebellion" all over the globe. These sites are huge for unsigned artists and I'm telling you there is some DAMN good bands out there you've never heard of. (A good place to stay on top of this is make sure you add The Hellion Rock press to your favorites as James is always dropping some new bands for you to jam to.)
I know we all have hectic schedules, but whenever we post a new online station, save the link and go back and visit their shows every now and then...whether SGR is being featured or not. Show 'em some love people.
...and finally, we've just released the brand new SGR mobile app ! Right now we only have it on Andoid, but the apple version will be coming soon. All of us in the band have Androids so it was easier for us to download it, check out the bugs, and see how it worked.
Other than that, just keep spreading the word, get on the Gun club and drop us a line to say hey.
See ya'll very soon !
your bassist, Jon Parr
Well Shotgun fans, we have a new drummer and he totally kicks ass. His name is Johni Walker, we will continue rehearsing for the next month and should be out playing by Nov. Look for a live Shotgun Rebellion show soon
You read that right - your Shotgun Rebellion has developed some new incredible tunes and is preparing for a tour of the Gulf states right around the first of March, 2012.
Check out the new merchandise, the new songs for yourself, then share them with your fellow outlaw rockers.
June news from the SGR Gun Club Summer has arrived, and with that the biggest announcement of all… “Train of Pain” is here !!! A major thanks and a raise of the glass to toast Mark and Levi Parker at Life Effects Pro Audio in Allen for all their hard work in putting the album together. With close to thirty originals, it was tough to decide which songs to include. Since this was our debut album, we picked the nine that we thought shows the various sides of the band. “Roll On” and “Pray for the Day” are the fast upbeat metal tracks; “Don’t Ask” and “No More” are the straight ahead rockers that have a solid groove. The title track “Train of Pain” is our southern styled anthem that pulls you in and kicks your ass. There are the slower pieces “Goodbye Hero” that pays respect to our fallen, and the soul searching “Sinners” that showcase SGR’s acoustic side. Finally we have the songs that display our storytelling side in “Devil’s Home Brew” about a widow and her moonshine, and the highly acclaimed epic “The Ballad of Ada” that tells of the 1909 lynching of four outlaws that happened not far from Rick’s house. Come out to a show and pick yours up, or you can visit our store site at www.reverbnation.com/shotgunrebellion . You can purchase each track individually for $.99, or you can download the entire album as an mp3 for $8. If you want the old fashioned jewel case with the four page insert, that is available for $9.99. We’ve also been talking over some new shirt designs and should have those ready here pretty soon. Also, Jared created a killer looking sticker that we all are sporting on our trucks now. Those didn’t last long at all and we ordering some new ones. On the calendar this month is another trip up to Stillwater at Stumbley’s on the 18th, and on the 25th we will be headlining at a BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) event just north of Edmond. I’ll post up the exact location and details soon. June 25th is the marquee show of the month as we will be playing alongside our good friends in the “Texas Hippie Coalition” and 80’s icons “Faster Pussycat” at the Samurai in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $15 and you can get a hold of Rick, Jared, or I to hook up on these. As always, check out the facebook page join the SGR Gun Club and tell us what you’re up to, and visit the official site at www.shotgunrebellion.net – and help spread the word !! See ya soon, Your bassist, Jon Parr
May News from the SGR Gun club First and foremost, thanks to each and every one of you all who have helped us advance through the 2011 Rock 100.5 KATT Band Beatdown. We wrapped up our second round showcase last night at Bricktown Live and hopefully soon find out in a few days if we have made it to the finals. April was a very hectic month for us, but again much appreciation to all in Ft. Worth, Stillwater, and El Reno for coming out and partying with us – lots of new faces ! The word of “Shotgun Rebellion” is spreading, and over the last few weeks our media contacts have surged. Right now we are in the process of scheduling some interviews with online stations and some print media, so be on the look-out for announcements… If you haven’t been paying attention, we posted up a new song on the facebook page, “The Ballad of Ada”. For those of you not familiar with the story, it is about the 1909 lynching of four outlaws. Just type into google and read the story yourself…and by the way, this all happened only a few miles from Rick’s house where we put all this together ! I wrote after watching a documentary entitled the “The Death of the West”…they have a facebook page as well, so please search it out. I’ve talked to the producer of the film and he is a big fan of the song – so show him some love. Now the big news…”Train of Pain” is almost finished !! We are planning to sit down with Mark and Levi Parker at Life Effects Studio this weekend to have a listening party. If everything sounds ok, we sign off on the project and we should have the album ready for you within a short amount of time. This month the calendar has us at the Samurai with our long time friends “META” on the 14th, and then it is off to Enid on the 19th, and possible a return to Stillwater on the 20th. Jared has been working on some new merch ideas, and he put together an awesome sticker that we all now have on our vehicles so be on the lookout for those at the next show. Also, he has been busy on photoshop building some new shirt designs as well…. Well, there is your May update. Help us out and spread the word. Like the facebook band page, add your name to the SGR Gun club if you haven’t already – and I challenge you to add some of your friends who you think we dig the music. Remember in June we have the BACA Nation benefit on June 25th, and the big show at the Samurai with “Texas Hippie” and “Faster Pussycat” on the 30th. …and finally, to all our fans south of the Mason Dixon…we are in the stages of building a road trip. New Orleans, Biloxi, and Mobile – get ready to rock. Your bassist, Jon Parr
Okay, here is where we are with the album… First, a tremendous amount of love, respect, and appreciation to Mark and Levi at LEPA studios for working their asses off with us. Top notch production, and amazing guys to work with. These two are pulling sounds out of us we’ve never heard before. The drums and bass were all laid down during the brutal snowstorm we had a few weeks ago, and Rick went back a few days later and finished all the guitars. In order to preserve his voice and to get a quality take every time, he’s been going in and doing only a track or two at a time. He has just a few more tracks to finish up and then all the parts are laid down. Mark and Levi said it will take a few weeks to mix everything just right, and then another week or so to master it all into a pure sound that will knock us all over. Here are the songs we’ve included: 1. No more 2. Pray for the day 3. Devil’s home brew 4. The gate 5. Only me 6. Won’t back down 7. Don’t ask 8. Roll on 9. Lost my way 10. Train of pain 11. Sinners 12. Poor man’s sleep That’s the easy part… Designing the insert, putting the package together, and organizing the marketing campaign is a hell of a lot trickier. There is just a ton of work behind the scenes to get it all together – and we’re working on it day by day, piece by piece. One of the major aspects of this will be a ground team, people who will help spread the word and help pass out some special “promo” cd’s. If you’re interested in helping us out with this just send us an email and let us know. We will make it worth your effort! Once we have a ballpark figure for the final completion date from Mark and Levi we’ll look at scheduling an album release party at one of the many venues around town. Until then, we still have a few dates up on the calendar so come out and hear the songs live, and please, please – help build the band! Ya’ll are the best. Your bassist, Jon Parr
Wie gehts my Gunners! Well, like the headline says… big things are in the works for “Shotgun Rebellion” over the next few months. As most of you all should know by now, we are sharing a stage with our good friends “Texas Hippie Coalition” on Saturday, December 11 at the new Samurai (3034 N. Portland). Also on the bill that evening is “Tempesta” from Switzerland and fellow locals “Whitefall”. Tickets are only $11, so get me with me if you want to join the party. …by the way, did you listen to the interview we did the other night for KJAG radio? Just click on the link on the profile page, and be sure to leave a comment for us. We’re going to take a while off to work on the many new songs that we’ve written and get them ready for the stage. Also, we have had to part ways with Eric Queen – give him credit, without him we certainly could not have been able to get “Shotgun Rebellion” off the ground and running as quickly as we did without him. However, the music business is after all a business, and as hard as it was this was a decision that Rick and I did not make lightly. I ask you all to welcome with open arms, Jared Adams. Jared brings so much to the table I don’t even know where to begin. Great sound guy, deep rooted passion, and one helluva killer drummer. A lot of you may recognize the name, and yes, Jared was the main drummer for Rick’s former band “3 Hours of Darkness”. So, the rest of December we will spend working on the new material and getting Jared up to speed, and he and I will work to establish the powerful connection between bass and drums. We will be doing our best to begin to start laying down the tracks for our debut album “Train of Pain” as well. We’re back beneath the lights February 4 for a return trip to Rock Dogs just outside of Ft.Worth, Texas, and this will be a show you want to be a part of. Not only will we be performing with a bad-ass new band and some recent friends of ours “Cozen Effect”, but “Shotgun Rebellion” will be recording a LIVE album ! Join us for one kick-ass road trip! If we don’t see you at the THC show, we wish you all very happy holidays and please have a safe and joyful new year….and do us a favor, spread the word!!! Your bassist, Jon Parr