On The Homefront

On The Homefront: 4.15.2016


Shawn Perry & The Hazzard County Rebellion

One of my favorite parts of putting together On The Homefront is getting to hear from all of the different country bands in Northern and Central Ohio. This week, I was contacted by Shawn Perry of Vermilion, Ohio. His band, Shawn Perry & The Hazzard County Rebellion is a mix of country, hard rock, bluegrass, classic rock with a little punk mixed in. Perry describes it as, “Whisky Snortin’ high octane 190 proof Rustbelt Country.”

Perry, has been a MTV “Made” Coach and owns a guitar shop. The rest of his singing, songwriting and playing comes from a background that, as he puts it is, “basicially what happens when you live in a family where your great grand mother made shine for Hank Williams, Ricky Skaggs is a blood relative, but your older brother really liked Van Halen.”

From just the small interaction with Perry, it’s apparent that this guy enjoys what he is doing. Shawn Perry & The Hazzard County Rebellion have released their music and are already planning the next full length CD for later this Fall. Perry stated that the next CD is tentatively being called, “The Collective American Unconscious.” They will be cutting the tracks with a multiplication producer if all goes according to a plan. Musically, Perry & The Hazzard County Rebellion will be delving deeper on either side of their Country/Rock hybrid sound, and adding more bluegrass and even some hip-hop to the mix.

Shawn Perry & The Hazzard County Rebellion will be playing Rockin’ On The River at Black River Landing on Friday, June 3rd; Tim Owen’s Traveller Tavern on Friday, June 10th and return to the Cleveland Agora, where their last show was Sold Out, on Sunday, June 12th. You can listen to their music and find out more about the band on their Facebook page or at www.ReverbNation.com

Dusty Armadillo

Dusty Armadillo Live and Local Summer Saturday Nights schedule was announced and here it is: June 4th Derek Alan Band from Independence, KY; July 9th Kyle Thomas from Green, OH; July 16th Mark Leach from Barberton, OH; July 23rd Jessica Hannan from Jeromesville, OH; August 6th Cody Gibson from Hanoverton, OH; August 20th Andy Timko from Youngstown, OH; August 27th Hallway 44 from Randolph, OH; September 10th Jacob Bryant from Jasper, GA and September 17th Northern Whiskey from Warren, OH.

More bands will be added soon, so keep checking the Dusty Armadillo website at www.DustyA.com

Hallway 44

Hallway 44 is looking forward to their show at the Dusty Armadillo on August 27th, and will be keeping busy over the summer. The group is from Randolph, Ohio, but plays all over North and Central Ohio and just finished playing Whiskey Ranch CAK in Green and Red Dog Saloon in East Sparta last weekend. Coming up Hallway 44 will be back at the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday April 16th and The Whiskey Ranch CAK on Friday, May 20th. Other upcoming shows include Fire & Ice in Akron on Saturday, May 28th, The Big Dog in Ravenna on Saturday, June 4th and Bud’s Corner in Louisville on Friday, June 17th. Hallway 44 is Chuck Jones – Bass, Mike Hobart – Drums, Brian Trautman – Guitar, Kayla Trautman – Vocals, Jeff Willis- Vocals and Geoff Starnes- Lead Guitar and Vocals. You can check out more about the band, upcoming shows and listen to their music at their website www.Hallway44.com


There’s a new band in town, with a lot of familiar faces. Frametown played their first show together last month, but their experience playing country goes back a lot further. The members Matt Reip, John Riley, Danny Wendell and Todd Baker have years of experience and they definitely show it in their performance. Be sure to check out Frametown when they play Thirsty Cowboys on Saturday, May 7th. You can find out more about the group and their upcoming shows at their Facebook page, or their new website at www.FrametownBand.com

Wagon Wheel

The Wagon Wheel in Randolph plays host to some of the best local country bands around and they also play a part in the community. The Wagon Wheel will be raffling off a 2006 Heritage Softtail Classic Police Special with all the proceeds going to the Shop with Cops Program. The bike will be on display at the Wagon Wheel and will be raffled off August 13th, 2016. Tickets will be $10.00 each and you do not need to be present to win. Ticket sales start April 16th.

The Wagon Wheel Saloon schedule for the next few weeks starts off with Midnight Riders on Saturday, April 23rd; Lincoln Way Band on Saturday, April 30th; Backroads on Saturday, May 7th and Backbone on Saturday, May 14th.

Be sure to check the Wagon Wheel Saloon Facebook page for more information, or their website www.wagonwheelsaloonllc.com

Ginger Pangas

2015 Ohio Music Award Winner for Best Country Song, Ginger Pangas, will be performing as a special guest with the Backroads band at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Club Velvet on Thursday, May 12th. Pangas, won the Ohio Music Award for her song, “Country Beach.” The song has surpassed 20,000 “likes” from all over the world. The singer will be promoting her new song, “Summertime Love,” which is available on iTunes and Amazon. You can find out more about Ginger Pangas and her music at her Facebook page or her website www.GingerPangas.com

Post Road

Post Road was recently announced as one of the bands for the highly anticipated, and attended, Twilight at the Zoo. The group is the only country band on the 17-band roster for the August 5th fundraiser for the Cleveland Zoological Society. Twilight at the Zoo invites attendees to enjoy Motown, rock, salsa, swing, country and blues. An assortment of complimentary food, Samuel Adams beer, Twisted Tea, Beach House wine and soft drinks will be available for the event that starts at 7:00pm and goes until midnight. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, May 1st at 9:00am.

You can find out more about Post Road and their upcoming shows at their Facebook page or their website www.PostRoadCountry.com and you can find out more about Twilight at the Zoo, including ticket information, at www.clevelandzoosociety.org/events

DeVault Ridge Band

The DeVault Ridge Band will be performing before the D-Feet Diabetes 5K Walk/Run or 1 Mile Walk, scheduled for April 24 in Ontario, Ohio. Dan DeVault has more of a personal stake in the fundraiser, as he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over a decade and a half ago when he was in his teens. Left unmanaged, Type I diabetes can cause serious complications including blindness or kidney failure, or increase the risk of foot amputations by affecting nerves in the feet.

The DeVault Ridge performance will start at 12:30 before the 5k starts. For more information on the event, contact OhioHealth Endocrinology Physicians, 419-522-2734.

The next show for DeVault Ridge is Saturday May 7th, at Legends Sports Pub and Grill in Shelby Ohio. Find out more about DeVault Ridge Band on Facebook or at their website www.devaultridge.com

Lost State of Franklin

The Americana group, Lost State of Franklin, is built on the songs that blend different musical genres into a tapestry that is uniquely their own. Some may call it rockabilly or hillbilly country, but the music is as diverse as their musical influences that include everyone from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, David Allan Coe, Patsy Cline, Gillian Welch and George Jones, as well as, Nirvana, Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne.

The band has been nominated for numerous awards, such as Scene Magazine “Songwriter of the Year”, Free Times “Americana Band of the Year”, and #1 played band on college radio shows of every genre from Folk to Punk to Country to Americana.

If you are a fan of classic country, rockabilly or Americana music, then you probably know Lost Sate of Franklin. If not, it’s a band you should make it out to see and will definitely enjoy.

Lost State of Franklin will be performing at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Saturday, April 23rd and they will be opening for the Honeycutters from Asheville, NC at the Beachland Ballroom on Tuesday, April 26th. Find out more about Lost State of Franklin at www.LostStateofFranklin.com

KC’s Nashville Nights

KC’s Nashville Nights on W. Wilbeth in Akron has been a favorite with their patrons and live bands since they opened. The club hosts country, but also has everything from classic rock to tribute bands and karaoke, as well. The club will feature country with Chad Baker and The Undertakers w/Kyle Thomas opening the show on Friday April 15th and Backroads on Saturday April 16th; then some rock and roll with The Vicious Six on Friday, April 22nd; and then a country/rock mix with Adam Calvert on Saturday, April 23rd ; and then back to the country with 100 Proof on Saturday, April 30th.