What happens when a band blends traditional country-western, rockabilly and bluegrass with rock 'n' roll?
The results more than likely sound something like the intoxicating sound made by Orange County's own Road Kill Kings. The band will perform a free show at 8 p.m. tonight (Jan. 31, 2008) at the Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.
Given the group's wide range of influences and original sound, it's no wonder that the Road Kill Kings have played in support of such well-known artists as Hank Williams III, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, the Knitters and Big Sandy.
The quintet features fiddle player Mike Stave, singer-guitarist Darren Ellis (a founding member of the James Theroux Band), drummer Mark Obey, lead guitarist Jeremy Long and upright bass fiddle player Randy Cochran. The group's original songs and energetic remakes celebrate its Americana influences, with songs such as "Truck Driving Man," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Thrown Out of the Bar" favorites with the band's fans.
Admission is free.
Over at the Renaissance
Renaissance Dana Point is offering several tribute shows this weekend for those who want to enjoy some live entertainment in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.
Beatles tribute band Help will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at Renaissance Dana Point, 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, while the Oreo Divas will celebrate the sounds of Motown with a full-length showcase at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.