Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees 

Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

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What's your favorite KC venue?  

We love the Riot Room for the sound, the intimacy of Coda, Aftershock for the built-in KC Rockabilly crowd. Davey's and Czar are fun as well. Another newer venue we're excited about is Club 906 in Liberty. The list could go on.

The Blue Boot Heelers

What's new?

We have been real busy writing songs for our second record, due out in the fall. Playing live when we can and trying to stay out of trouble. That's hard to do when you're in an outlaw country band.

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

Pure outlaw country.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

We are huge fans of the Rumblejetts and Adam Lee & the DHSC — high-energy sets with plenty of drinkin' songs.

The Nace Brothers

What's new?

Our newest release was Well Traveled Road, in August 2011. Thanks to all forms of radio, digital sales and driving like hell playing gigs, it's been doing great for us, and right now we couldn't be happier. On June 1, we added Paul Greenlease on bass guitar, and it has been like putting a new spark plug in the old lawn mower.  

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

Songs from the heart played by seasoned professionals who love to have a good time doing what they do.

What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

We get around quite a bit, and it works for us. I think we're gone enough to avoid overexposure. We love KC, and every venue is a party once we get going. People love to sing along with our song "Quitcher Bitchin," and when we end the night with our classic Nace Brothers "Life Goes On," it gets everyone on their feet. It's just a great vibe — I've never seen it fail.

Them Damned Young Livers

What's new?

Well, [member] Tripp's old lady is having a baby. We're getting ready to record a little EP while on a temporary show hiatus. We've been at this for six years and never taken a break. So we're taking a little time away from deadlines and touring to birth a baby and make sure we're not burning ourselves out.

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

We've been called punkabilly, cowpunk, shlockabilly trainwreck ... the list goes on. One thing we're not is rockabilly. I mean, our hair is at times. We really just pride ourselves on good country themes and melodies, wrapped in Misfits-era punk rock. Of course, that all goes to hell when we get onstage, primarily because we get really drunk and break everything. Sometimes we forget that we're supposed to be trying to play well.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

Of course we love all of the bands in our category. Most are dear friends. We've even had sex with some of them.

What's your favorite KC venue?

We love the Riot Room, hands down. Always a great crowd. They always take care of us. Plus we can shoot guns in the green room. (That happened.)

What do you like about KC as a music town?

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