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The Whiskey Dick Rebellion / Press

“2010 IE Music Award winners-Best Country”


“Let’s be real, here: Hemet isn’t always known as a prime destination for upcoming musical activity. But, when bands like The Whiskey Dick Rebellion start making a name for themselves that exceeds the reaches of the Ramona Expressway, it definitely puts an optimistic spin on the largely bedroom community. And this four-piece combo has been nabbing notice throughout the area via some unique tangents.First off, there’s frontman Joel Arellano, playing up-tempo rockabilly- and Americana-inflected cuts with an acoustic guitar. And much like The Man in Black, Arellano’s bold vocal qualities lend themselves to further bolster the already forceful strums of the unamplified axe. The Rebellion’s been charging out of Hemet with its Cash-meets-Clash cuts, and has even played the (quite respectable) Ramona Bowl in Hemet. Add a set list that seemingly blurs the lines of several genres and the Rebellion suddenly have an interesting vantage over similar acts that are more genre-focused. ”

“No Country for old men; The Whiskey Dick Rebellion plays country for boom-town generation. They play good ol’ country, but you won’t catch them in big hats, pointy boots or bolo ties.The Whiskey Dick Rebellion is the new generation of country music. They’re younger, the music’s edgier and their look is arguably metropolitan. Their July 24 performance at the Lake House in Canyon Lake was a breath of life in a fast-aging genre. They were lively and animated. The music showed strong signs of the angst that drives metal and punk, the genres people in their late twenties usually play.”