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Shotgun Saints / Press

“Rockers Shotgun Saints return to Rock Hill Friday at The End Zone after a nearly two-year absence from the area. More recently the Saints have been completely out of commission due to lead guitarist Dave Mauldwin’s broken wrist last fall. What followed that was surgery, steel pins, casts and physical therapy. “I was told that it could take more than a year before I could play guitar,” Mauldwin said. “After the initial three pins were taken out, a permanent fiberglass cast was fitted and I began doing as much physical therapy as possible.” Guitar practice was initially brief. He played through the pain, numbness and initial stiffness, and that finally led to jamming with the full band about a month ago. Mauldwin said, “I still have pain, numbness in my right palm and little finger” but regardless, now he is ready to rock.”

“Packing their own brand of fire power – namely the business end of a Les Paul guitar – Shotgun Saints lead their charge targeting classic hard rock from the legends.”

“Spring has sprung — officially Wednesday — but with no warm-up, the weather is still off the mark. Dodge those chilly temps with a hot shot of hard rock from Shotgun Saints Friday at Terry’s Tavern in Lancaster. Right on target, this Rock Hill-area band features Danny Fire, bass/ backing vocals; Dave ‘DZ’ Mauldwin, lead guitar/backup vocals; Eddie Thompson, guitar/keyboards; Brad Tutterow, drums/percussion/vocals and Sandra D, lead and backing vocals. Their sound aims straight at the classic rock territory of Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bad Company, The Rolling Stones and ZZ Top with deadeye accuracy. Such musical precision also means picking tunes to cover from these bands’ ‘deep tracks’ — those tunes heard less often but are just as dynamic as the familiar favorites. “We pick songs that people know and like from Foreigner, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others,” said Mauldwin, “but we also throw in songs that they will recognize but may have forgotten since they’”

“Take aim at hard and heavy classic-influenced rock Saturday with Shotgun Saints live at The Grid Iron in Charlotte. Led by guitarist Dave Mauldwin, known for his long tenure and a variety of popular area rock bands, Shotgun Saints are, in some ways, a bit of a departure for Mauldwin. Their rock/hard rock allegiance remains true but have revamped style and personnel from recent projects. “After a year of personnel changes, bassist Dan Fuoco and I feel like we've got the right chemistry as well as musicians now,” said Mauldwin. “With the changes it's forced me into the front man or lead singer role in addition to playing lead and rhythm guitar, which is something I've not had to do in many years.” That combo adds what he terms another level continuity to the band’s sound which is also heightened by a few other additions/changes to the band.”

“While DZ admits Shotgun Saints' originals are on the horizon, the band will start with cover material of classic rock icons. Calling tonight's debut a tune-up for upcoming Rock Hill and Charlotte dates, there will be surprises, DZ said. "Don't expect to hear or see something that sounds or looks like anything else and be prepared for extended jamming with a visual onslaught at every performance." See Shotgun Saints tonight at The Rockhouse Bar and Billiards, 2699 Aberdeen Road, Gastonia. Call the club at 704-852-4445 for show info. Go to shotgunsaintsrock.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shotgun-Saints/187565997992073 for more on the band.”

Debby "Jet" Jennings - The Herald