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Former members of Toadies, Reverend Horton Heat form OKC's Burden Brothers



Burden Brothers are touring to support "Mercy," their second album. Drummer Patrick "Taz" Bentley formed the band with Vaden Todd Lewis, formerly of The Toadies.

"We're in it for the long haul, so we're just drudging away," Bentley said. "For myself, I can't believe I'm still doing this. I can't believe people still pay to see us."

Despite Bentley's rockabilly roots with Reverend Horton Heat, the Burden Brothers have a more hard-edged rock 'n' roll sound. Their past touring experience has helped them refine the process so it can be done effectively.

"It's gotta pay the bills. If it doesn't, I gotta bow out," Bentley said. "The importance of performing well and being excited to play for the people who paid to see you is immense."

Bentley is somewhat discouraged by Dallas' currently volatile music market, including the slow death of the city's legendary music village, Deep Ellum, where Reverend Horton Heat got its start.

"Dallas is going through a purge. Venues are closing," he said. "Deep Ellum is drying up. It's always going to resurface, though. Dallas is a great music city and someone will come along to reinvent an area for kids to come out and see shows." "Charles Martin

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