Punk rockers like three chords and the truth: Thats country music all over, said Jay Vick, front man of JVs Fillin Station.
Vick cut his teeth in punk and metal bands, but a 1999 chance encounter with alt-country act Split Lip Rayfield tweaked his interest in exploring more traditional music forms.
It lit a fire under me to experiment, he said. They call their music thrashgrass, so between that and honky-tonk is whats going on in my head.
Full of beer-fueled, back-porch ballads, JVs Fillin Stations recent album hearkens back to workingman classics like Take This Job and Shove It. Then the metal roots emerge with blistering stompers where skilled picking and bravado bristle with the energy of fellow Okie howlers Bloody Ol Mule.
This is a growing scene, Vick said. We may not be bringing in all the old traditionalists listening to 78s, but we are getting a bit of the alt-country crowd, the college kids, the drunks whoever happens to show up to the bar that night.
Tuesdays show at VZDs Restaurant & Club, 4200 N. Western, features JVs newest member, mandolin player Susan Fowler. Admission is free.
For more information, call 524-4203 or visit vzds.com. Charles Martin
Photo by Casey Friedman