Since their formation in early 2013, Buckle Rash has wasted no time making a name for themselves within the west coast music scene. Born of former members of national touring act, Synrgy, the band found early on that their particular blend of, “Old school country, and southern rock with an unexpected punk twist….” (Amanda Adams, Ashland Sneak Preview 6/2013) was readily accepted by a listening public steeped in a resurgence of Americana music. Riding on the heels of a folk renaissance, spurred by the likes of groups such as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Gangsta Grass; Buckle Rash has found themselves poised to make waves behind their heavy touring schedule, and continuous recording work.
In December 2013, Buckle Rash released their debut EP, Conradson. Three weeks after it's release, the song, "Missouri Cashed," was nominated as Song of the Year for the 2013 Low O' (southern Oregon) music awards. Contending with nine other bands over a week-long internet voting process, Buckle Rash was fortunate enough to win the award with over 40% of the public vote. The band was also named, Breakthrough Band of the Year, by a panel of local music and media representatives, as well as being named Country Music Band of the Week, in February 2014 by national trade publication, www.radioinfo.com; whom suggested that broadcasters, "(l)isteners dont have to get a rash to benefit from being aware of Buckle Rash for (their) next playlist add consideration."
2013 also saw Buckle Rash perform their high-energy punk-country blend to ruckus crowds at festivals such as Oregon Country Fair, Jefferson State Hemp Expo, and the Oregon Brewers Festival; as well as drawing large crowds to shows throughout Oregon, Idaho, and California. Early 2014 has seen the band tour extensively up and down the west coast snatching up new friends and fans everywhere they land. The trend only looks to continue through 2014 as their touring schedule is lined up to take them throughout the Northwest through May, and back south in June and July. In addition the band will be featured at Apple Jam music festival in May and Seattle Hempfest in August, as well as many more summer festivals sure to come. Please visit www.bucklerashband.com, or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bucklerash for tour updates, music, and other pertinent rashy information!
• Oscar Matallana - Drummer
• Aaron Reed Guitarist - Vocalist
• Clay Baker - Guitarist
• Philip Reed - Backup Vocalist
• T.J. Eilers - Bassist