|Girl Trouble, Straight 8s
Brain Drain records
The Straight 8s have been delivering their combustible blend of high-octane rock-a-billy music for over a decade. Based in Chapel Hill, NC the band has performed countless shows throughout the Southeast, birthplace of our beloved rock-a-billy.
Continuously in demand, the Straight 8s captivate audiences with their exceptional musicianship and dynamic stage presence. The band has released three full-length records and has been featured on several compilations. Their music has also been featured on radio programs in the US, Canada, UK, and the Netherlands.
In addition to performing at regional top-tier music venues, festivals, honky-tonks, and private engagements, the Straight 8s traveled to Seattle, WA to “Shake the Shack” in 2005 and the legendary Continental Club (Austin, TX) in 2010.
In January of 2013 The Straight 8s “went Hollywood” appearing as themselves in the pilot episode of Cinemax’s action-drama series “Banshee”. This was the highest viewed show in Cinemax history and the original music of the Straight 8s was featured for six minutes of the episodes soundtrack.
It's been a few years since the last album release by the Straight 8s, but don't let the time fool you. Aside from maintaining a constant schedule of live shows, the band was also featured on Cinemax's new hit series "Banshee". The episode featuring the Straight 8s was the highest viewed show in Cinemax history.
The album Girl Trouble was recorded by John Plymale over the past year at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC. This album is a culmination of work written between the three members since late 2009. It was mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B in Charlotte NC. Thirteen songs total round out the album with a small handful of guest artists to help along the way. One of the best qualities that The Straight 8s possess is their ability to cover a lot of ground in their genre. They go from traditional-styled rockabilly barn burners to swing-styled numbers, surf, old country, jazz and beyond. All the while they keep it feeling fresh, relevant and stewed in just the right amount of nostalgic juices. It's a trick not easily pulled off and they seamlessly nailed it on Girl Trouble.
Press Release, 2013