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Sometimes stardom and tragedy go hand in hand. If both must be included in a formula for success, then Spade Cooley completed the equation. Spade was a 40's era pioneer of Western swing and "spaghetti westerns" who conquered the country music industry, along with Hollywood, while costarring with notable icons such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. His career was at its zenith when his descent into a jealous, alcohol-fueled freefall resulted in the shocking murder of his then wife, Ella Mae Evans. Convinced that she was cheating on him with Rogers, Cooley murdered her in an unfathomable act of brutality. Cooley was serving his eight year prison sentence before performing at a benefit, where he died from a heart attack immediately following the show.
With the King of Western Swing as an inspirational symbol, Spayed Koolie strives to play music about redemption, sorrow, anger, love, and bliss -- whether that music turns out to be Country, Alternative, Rock or a blend of all three, quality songs and performances people enjoy and respond to are the goals. Like the original Cooley, band founder David Dorr has visited the depths of emptiness, personal demons, and toxic relationships, and he uses this as the basis for songwriting themes to which many can relate. These ideas, along with talented musicians who enjoy working together, make for a great, marketable product for the masses.