The Dirty River Boys
Fri Jan 13 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$20 - $35 (Fees Included)
This event is 14 and over
Goes Great With: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Turnpike Troubadours, Steve Earle
Energetic outlaw-folk Americana, driving bluegrass, and a solid dose of rock-n-roll.
Doors @ 8p | Troy Cartwright @ 9p | Dirty River Boys @ 10:20p
But the board hit an oil patch and went flying, and the bassist found himself not just down, but possibly out. "I see him at the van and he's got a bone about to pop out of his shoulder, and our tour manager is on the phone," recalls drummer Travis Stearns.
So the band retreated to Austin, where an ER doc told James he had a shattered collarbone and would need surgery. In the meantime, they outfitted him with a sling. For a moment the band contemplated scratching its upcoming six-date run, because for a stand-up bassist, a collarbone tends to be necessary equipment. "Every time I lifted my arms to play the bass I could just feel the bones crunching on each other," he says.
But he didn't want to force his bandmates to cancel shows. Why don't I play the electric bass instead, he wondered, while sitting in a chair? Wouldn't that work? The band agreed, and they were off again. "That was a long bumpy drive with a broken collarbone," James wryly recalls. "Didn't even stop to get any medication on the way—that was a bad idea. "
But that's the Dirty River Boys ethos. Playing upwards of 200 dates a year, giving heartfelt, unrestrained performances, and winning over a loyal audience show-by-show, it takes a lot more than a few broken bones to stop them.
Troy began coining his own songs after realizing, "It's the one thing nobody ever told me to do." This materialized into a deep-rooted passion for songwriting and performing original material.
After surviving high school, he spent time in Boston, Hershey, PA, and New York City before graduating from the Berklee College of Music. It was at Berklee, under the tutelage of lyric writing professor Pat Pattison, whose former students include Gillian Welch and John Mayer, that Troy surrendered to his muse and decided to pursue songwriting as a career. After a brief stint as a wedding singer in the Northeast, and a series of tours across the US and Europe, he returned back to his native Texas roots and began writing songs influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker.
For the Bull Run EP, Troy enlisted a team of heavyweights from the local Dallas and Texas country scene including Grammy winner Lloyd Maines on pedal steel, Chad Stockslager of The King Bucks, as well as drummer/producer Jeff Howe and bassist Jason Steinschultz (the rhythm section for Texas country stalwart Max Stalling). This collection of songs, including the nostalgic "Sixteen" and familiar sounding "Coffee in the Morning and Whiskey at Night" was released in June of 2013.