Chuck’s Wagon Lipstick and Sin album launch at The Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt, NSW, Australia – August 28, 2009.
With influences like Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle and Neil Young, Chuck’s Wagon have a unique yet familiar sound that welcomes you with open arms while simultaneously making the hair stand up on the back of your neck. If you can imagine Tex/Mex BBQ with Roo meat on the menu all washed down with good Australian beer, then you’ll have an idea of the feeling that Chuck’s Wagon give their audience.
Well, we didn’t have to wait too long before we were greeted by the familiar figure of Chuck Stokes and his henchmen, collectively known as Chuck’s Wagon! This was what everyone was waiting for… to see these guys in full flight is truly a sight to behold.
This was an album launch, so, as expected, the set was made up of songs from their new opus “Lipstick And Sin”. Opening with San Antone (the first track off L&S), gets the now full room whoopin’ and hollerin’ and everyone quickly shifted into full tilt party mode, feet were stomping, hands clapping and everyone knew that they were in for a great night! Chuck’s voice was in spectacular form and as always, aided quite ably by red hot guitar slinger Mr. Adam Pringle, a true master of the Telecaster. Adam is a force of nature, like a hurricane, calm at his core, yet, there’s this whirl wind of sonic delight erupting from his nimble hands. The rhythm section didn’t miss a beat either, they were locked and loaded and primed for action, a well oiled machine with only one purpose, to deliver the goods!
Chuck’s Wagon delivered a blistering set of Rocking Country and if all the planets align just right, Chuck Stokes could stake a claim as the new King of Australian Country, his songs are incredibly well crafted, soulful and possess more hooks than a bait and tackle shop!
And look out America, Chuck’s Wagon are headed your way! Get along and see these guys when they get to a venue near you!
The long and the short of it is, if your feet aren’t tapping and your head isn’t bopping along with the music, I’d be getting someone to check your pulse.
Till next time… Leave The Dirt On!
USA TOUR DATES
4 Sep 2009 Sam’s Burger Joint-Duo-San Antonio (early show)
4 Sep 2009 Beethoven’s 1st Friday-San Antonio
5 Sep 2009 Dixie’s Country Bar-San Antonio
6 Sep 2009 Floore’s Country Store-San Antonio-Texas-(early show)
6 Sep 2009 Headhunters-Austin Texas
7 Sep 2009 The Mix-San Antonio
11 Sep 2009 Railroad Blues-Alpine Texas
12 Sep 2009 Riley’s Tavern -Hunter-Texas
13 Sep 2009 Headhunters-Austin Texas
14 Sep 2009 Luckenbach Jam Night-Texas
17 Sep 2009 Oskar Blues-Lyon -Colorado
18 Sep 2009 Rocket Room-Colorado
19 Sep 2009 Skylark -Denver-Colorado
20 Sep 2009 Quincey’s Bar-Grand Junction-Colorado
23 Sep 2009 Casper Inn-California
24 Sep 2009 4th st Tavern-California
25 Sep 2009 Twin Oaks Tavern- Penngrove, CA
26 Sep 2009 Tradewind’s-Cotati-California
30 Sep 2009 The Senate-Colorado
1 Oct 2009 Southside Johnny’s-Colorado
2 Oct 2009 Swing Station-La Porte-CO
3 Oct 2009 The Horseshoe Lounge – Denver, CO
5 Oct 2009 TOUR CONCLUDES