Teddy and the Rough Riders are a country rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee, with a keen sense for making songs that are as twangy and electrified as they are expansive and sensitive. Their music is both down-home and far-out; delightfully lysergic and subtly nostalgic, propped up by fine-tuned instrumentation and ingenuity. They’ve got the synergistic groove of The Band, the psychedelic tendencies of New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the rich lyrical imagery and hazy sonic textures of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Their debut studio album Teddy and the Rough Riders, produced by Margo Price and featuring the pedal steel talents of Luke Schneider, is due out Friday, July 1 via Appalachia Record Co. It’s a highly creative country rock record that transitions between barroom anthems and imaginative ballads with ease. Teddy and the Rough Riders are currently on the 2022 Bronco Tour with Orville Peck through May 27, including a homecoming stop on May 13 at The Ryman.
“One of the best country acts making music today. Teddy and The Rough Riders combine a beautiful sincerity with their incredible neo-classic country sound,” Orville Peck attests.
The group, which consists of Jack Quiggins (vocals, guitar), Ryan Jennings (vocals, bass) and Nick Swafford (drums), has long bridged the gap between Nashville’s rock and honky-tonk scenes. Their sound is the direct product of being born ‘n’ bred in Nashville, steeped in its country music history and mysticism, while coming up in its DIY rock community. Jennings and Quiggins, who pen the group’s tunes, grew up just blocks from Music Row, in Nashville’s West End (where the original outlaw movement came together during the ‘70s), where both the shiny and gritty influences of country music intersected. In the earliest iteration of the band, these influences and experiences distilled into songs over many nights in college of the two writing and playing covers together over whiskey.
“Ryan and I had this deal, where whenever we ran out of whiskey, it was the other person’s turn to buy more. We were switch-hitting bottles of George Dickel for months,” says Quiggins of their early days.
Swafford started playing percussion for them around this time and, in 2015, they all returned to Nashville where pedal steel player Luke Schneider joined the band. Schneider (who has played in Margo Price and William Tyler’s bands and released a solo ambient pedal steel album through Third Man Records) became an integral part of the group’s foundational musical configurations and overall sound.
Since then, they’ve released a home-recorded EP and LP, and several singles including a 7” record from Third Man Records. They’ve shared bills with artists such as Margo Price, The Raconteurs, Jeff the Brotherhood and Soccer Mommy, and have played as the backing band in most of Emily Nenni’s recordings and live shows. Musical collaborators include Skyway Man, Erin Rae, Sean Thompson and David Leonard, among others.
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The Pink Stones deliver a full serving of Peach State picked country-rock from Athens, Georgia with the release of their debut album, Introducing… The Pink Stones, via the New West Records imprint Normaltown Records. Mixing elements of classic cosmic country, raucous rock’n’roll and fresh humor and heartaches, The Pink Stones are authoring a new chapter in the annals of Cosmic American Music.
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