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Event tags: music, Pioneertown, Pappy's



August 4, 2012


may seem like a foreign term when it comes to speaking about music

today. Between bands whose ranks barely fit on stage to artists who are

oddly interested in making old sounds with new technology, natural

songwriting structures are rarely the end product. L.A.’s the Cooling Time is

a nice reminder that rock music can have a

solid foundation of heavy melodies and dynamic chord progression

without any frills but still maintain musical relevance. Chris

Hostetler, Michael Deragon, Eric Potter, Dave Ramirez and Steve Kim

formed the band over two years ago, and they still haven’t given in to

unnecessary glitz. With Hostetler’s gripping vocals and Potter’s

riveting guitar riffs, songs such as “Paper Thin” already offer an

earful of the good stuff"

JOHN WAYNE BRO started out with a name. In 2010 while chasing the dream

in Hollywood, Taylor Bro and Sam Levi, future founders of JOHN WAYNE

BRO, were working together on a film set discussing music - their true

passion. They found common ground in influences ranging from Robert

Johnson, The Band, Rolling Stones and Junior Kimbrough, to Dr. Dre's

"The Chronic," and the Parliament Funkadelic. The conversation

eventually turned to "good band names." Upon hearing that future drummer

Taylor Bro's father's real name was "John Wayne Bro," co-founder Sam

Levi knew that they needed to start a band, that day, with that name.

The boys knew the band's music had to be as gritty and as Americana as

the JOHN WAYNE BRO name, and so they set out on their journey…

Renting a hot, crowded rehearsal space overlooking downtown Los Angeles

to bang out their gritty style of American blues rock, they spent the

next year crafting tunes written for the American working man and intent

on bringing danger back to rock&roll.

The music of JOHN WAYNE BRO is a constant homage to the band members'

upbringings and musical influences, with lyrics covering topics of love

and loss, hard living, Detroit assembly lines, and murdering bible

salesmen. All the while, the underlying funk, hip-hop, and hard rock

influences of JOHN WAYNE BRO's songs always end up enticing stiletto-ed

party girls to dance the night away during one of their live shows.

JOHN WAYNE BRO recorded their debut album completely DIY style - they

built a studio in a garage in Long Beach, and mixed, recorded, and

played each song as a 2-piece. The resulting full-length album, "Man of

the People", was released March 15th, 2011 on to

coincide with a trip to Austin, TX&SXSW where Sam and Taylor went

to promote, network, and play a few shows, all with popular success.

As drummer, Taylor Bro, explains, "the album sounds as if Howlin' Wolf,

The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys and Tom Waits hopped into a Cadillac

and drove 95mph into a head-on collision with MC5 and the Stooges behind

the wheel of a Chevy Camaro."

JOHN WAYNE BRO is now hell bent on being internationally known and

locally accepted. They have been playing live in LA, San Diego, Las

Vegas, Phoenix, Long Beach, San Antonio, Austin, and San Francisco,

winning over fans one at a time. JOHN WAYNE BRO is finding great success

with their newly crafted live show that now includes Justin Charbonnet

on guitar & Brad Stanfield on bass. The resulting sounds are truly

full and give proper justice to the recorded efforts of "Man of the

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