500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis

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“Incredibly dark, sinister and unbelievably brilliant…” – Dayton City Paper
“An exercise in American Eclectic: gritty, dirty and damn good.” – Independent Weekly
“Harnessing the bucking bronco of country punk and holding on for dear life.” – Knoxville Metro Pulse
“Bridging the spirit of sweaty punk and old-school country, 500 Miles To Memphis is irresistible.” – CiN Weekly
Eastside Vibe, our latest article – http://www.eastsidevibe.com/500MilesSeptember.html
Winner of the 2005 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Roost/Americana/Folk
Nominated for the 2006 CEA for best Rock
Winner of the 2007 CEA for best Live Act
Winner of the 2007 CEA for best Rock
Nominated for the 2007 CEA for Album of The Year
Nominated for the 2007 CEA for Artist of the Year
Winner of the 2008 CEA for best Rock

You never know when you might hear the music of 500 Miles to Memphis. Maybe in a honky tonk in Tennessee. Maybe at a Rock show in North Carolina. Maybe at a Punk festival in their hometown of Cincinnati. Maybe in an acoustic format at the corner bar or coffeeshop. Or maybe on MTV’s Nitro Circus, soundtracking some extreme sport stunts. The band is comfortable in almost any setting, largely because their music — a mix of scrappy Country and scorching Rock & Roll — has a magnetic, wide appeal. The Hot Topic kids get juiced on the band’s adrenalized live shows, while fans of Classic Country can appreciate 500 Miles’ true, heartfelt take on vintage C&W. With Sunshine in a Shotglass, the group’s debut full-length, 500 Miles to Memphis introduced itself as a world-class Rock band with songs that are alternately shit-kicking and heartbreaking. From the fiddle-driven, broken-glass-inducing “All My Friends are Crazy” to the closing trilogy of “Let It Rain”/“Sunshine in a Shotglass”/“The Regret,” singer/songwriter Ryan Malott and his tight, rousing band concocted a true, complete album, full of plenty of soul and depth, but also lots of instantly memorable Pop hooks. Don’t believe me? Then just listen to Sunshine once or, better yet, get out to a show. 500 Miles to Memphis is one of the most promising young bands in North America right now. – Mike Breen, City Beat

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