THE TEX PISTOLS BAND
ROCK, AMERICANA, COUNTRY
The Tex Pistols Band couldn’t be much further from
Texas, and nobody in the band is from Texas, but that doesn’t
stop these four Minneapolis vets of stage and studio from producing
some seriously kick butt music. The sound is classic yet new all
at once. From Neil Young to John Hiatt, Steve Earle to Steve Winwood,
throw in some Eagles and Beatles and stir in a little jam band
and you get “Fully Loaded”, the debut release from
Minneapolis based Tex Pistols Band.
The group was formed
as a side project in 1986 by Brian C. Peters (electric guitars,
pedal steel, dobro), Dik Shopteau (bass, vocals), and Scott "Scooter"
Nelson (vocals, drums, percussion). The band toured extensively
throughout the Midwest before hangin' up their guns in 1990. In
late 2007 the band decided to take it to the next level of seriousness
and reformed with a newly acquired transplant from St. Louis,
Mr. Boyd Lee (vocals, acoustic guitar). They quickly discovered
that they were either on to something... or just on something.
Turns out they were on to something special, and within a month
of rehearsals and gigs, plans were made to start writing and recording
the first CD. Their efforts paid off into one the most talked
about recordings in the Twin Cities in years.
All four members make
their living in the business performing and recording with a variety
of groups and artists in both the Twin Cites and national music
scene. They have collectively shared stages with: Lynard Skynard,
The Beach Boys, Prince, Tina Turner, The Judds, Bob Weir, Clint
Black, David Grisman, Reba McEntire, Charlie Daniels, The Neville
Brothers, Average White Band, Hank Williams Jr., Spirit, Todd
Rundgren, Sammy Hagar and Ronny Milsap. But it wasn’t until
this collaboration and the resulting CD that starting turning
the heads of local record execs, promoters and most importantly.....the
people at large.
“I really didn’t
think this was any special project at first. Just another group
to play with, but with guys I really respect and admire. But early
on, and I mean within the first three or four gigs, it started
taking on a life. It’s like we all try to impress each other
both live and in the studio, and it’s that pushing of the
envelope every time that makes it fun for us and I think the audience
as well".- Boyd Lee
“For me it was
when we got started on the record. When we started writing for
it and recording, I knew we had something. When the opportunity
to mix it with our friend, Grammy Award winning engineer Tom Tucker
(Lucinda Williams, Prince) came about, I knew it would be "off
the hook". Tom had recently bought "Flyte Tyme"
studios and I believe we’re the first record mixed there
since the glory days of Jam & Lewis. When it was done and
we started getting the first feedback, I knew I wasn’t the
only one feeling this way about the band. The CD speaks for itself”.
- Scooter Nelson
“I'm in a great
band with my three best friends, making and recording the coolest
music. The Well runs deep with this combo, everyone brings his
own expertise to the table. I get to play my guitars and hang
with my buds...doesn't get any better.” Brian C. Peters
“I have never been
involved in a more satisfying musical partnership even after years
of producing, engineering and playing on countless projects. The
ease and understanding of the process between us can only be described
as pure joy. As we went deeper into the recording of “Fully
Loaded” I realized this wasn’t just another CD, this
was a great opportunity. In the studio or at a live show, the
talent and life experience each person brings to the party makes
it an ultimate adventure.” Dik Shopteau
The new debut CD “Fully
Loaded” is just that. Fully loaded with awesome musicianship,
killer writing, and big vocals. Produced by the band, it's a fresh
sound, with a dash of "tongue in cheek" good humor.
We're loud, loose, & a little cranky...so turn that sucker
2011 brings the new record
- HOLD ON - which is a direct order to HOLD ON!!