Two Tons Of Steel

Six Springs presents Two Tons Of Steel with special guest Two Gun Hattie

Two Tons Of Steel

Two Gun Hattie

Sat May 26

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Two Tons Of Steel - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Two Tons Of Steel
Two Tons Of Steel : A Texas Treasure

Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of country meets punk.
The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.
Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label, “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998.
In 2016, the band marks 21 years of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.” The summer-long event has drawn more than 180,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995. It's has given birth to the very popular "Two Ton Tuesday Spring Break Show" and "Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show"
The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006. Two Tons released “Not That Lucky” in 2009. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Americana Music Charts and has made Two Tons of Steel a band to watch in 2013.
Along the way, the band has collected a number of awards. To date, Two Tons has cleaned up at home, winning "Band of the Year" on 12 separate occasions and "Album of the Year" for its self-titled debut. Two Tons has also been named "Best Country Band" by the San Antonio Current ten times. Geil also has nabbed 'Best Male Vocal' honors four times.
Two Tons of Steel’s reach extends beyond their live gigs. In 2003, the band was filmed during a “Two Ton Tuesday” gig for the IMAX film, "Texas: The Big Picture," which can be seen daily at the IMAX Theatre in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and has been seen as far away as Japan. The band also has been featured as supporting characters in award-winning author Karen Kendall's romance novel, "First Date." They are also featured in several Texas Tourism commercials along with the opening scene for "Austin City Limits."
Two Tons Of Steel, Kevin Geil, Jake “Sidecar” Marchese on Upright Bass, Will Owen Gage on Lead Guitar and Rich Alcorta on Drums continues to push the line between country and punk with its current project “GONE” produced by Lloyd Maines, released in 2017.
The band and Alamo Beer have signed a deal that will bring the two Texas Legends together for the next five years.
Two Gun Hattie - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Two Gun Hattie
They said they would never be in a band together, but even as those words rolled off their tongues, Garry Moore and Amanda Graves knew it was the furthest thing from the truth. Fast forward, five years later, and Two Gun Hattie came out with guns a-blazing, killing those “never be” intentions and creating those musical sparks they always knew would ignite, if they joined forces.

Garry, a St. Augustine, Florida native, began playing guitar at 14 years old. Immersing himself in his craft, Garry dropped out of high school at 17 to pursue a career in music. A student of Southern and classic rock, his musical ability started to flourish, as he dove into country, Bluegrass, and jazz. By age 22, he had gained a great deal of success, locally, with the Elwood St. John’s Band – opening for national acts such as Kansas, Charlie Daniels Band, Confederate Railroad, and Marshall Tucker Band. The band’s short, four year life cycle resulted in Garry moving to Texas with a former bandmate, to chase success with The Double Zero Band. In 2009 he met Amanda Graves, and the two started a friendship that quickly blossomed into romance.

A native of Edgewood, TX, Amanda Graves grew up surrounded by music, but never took the stage herself until later in life. Her parents formed the Easy Feeling Band, and her father was the lead singer of the Hooker Ridge Band during most of her younger years. Amanda focused on a golf career in high school – even playing the sport on scholarship at Arkansas State University – but it was not until she graduated from Texas A&M University at Commerce that she committed to pursuing her true passion as a singer/songwriter. Combining a powerful, soulful voice with songwriting that expresses a “different” take on life, Amanda joined forces with Cari Smith and formed the band Shut Down Town, recording an album with Mike McClure and touring for five years, gaining a loyal fan base in Texas and Oklahoma. They shared stages with Mike, Stoney LaRue, Micky and the Motorcars, Maren Morris, Aaron Watson, and Blake Shelton.

Enter the year 2009. The Double Zero Band had just disbanded, after also recording an album with Mike McClure, and Shut Down Town had decided to take a break after Amanda and Garry had their daughter, Hattie. The subsequent opportunity to form their own band was too great for Garry and Amanda to ignore. “It just made sense,” says Amanda of the inevitable pairing. “I had never seen anyone play guitar like Garry, and I knew that if we started a band, it would be something special.” Writing songs together during their relationship gave the two a wealth of material that echoed their personal relationship, so the stage was set. The pair met Chris Rasco, a guitar player looking to play in a more country influenced band, and through a mutual friend, they were also introduced to Jeff and Chris Gafford, a father/son bass and drum duo.

Two Gun Hattie started firing away. They honed their act and song selection. Mixing the honky tonk sound of Waylon, Merle, and Jerry Reed with the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the grunge influence of Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots, along with the vocal harmonies of the Eagles, the band created a sound that is like a Southern-rock-honky-tonk-rambler-meets-an-old-west-saloon-girl type of vibe. They can smack you in the face with a double barrel of rock and roll and honky tonk with their debut single, “You’re All Mine”, then make you weep with a sorrowful, cheating heartbreaker like “Santa Fe”. The band will be releasing an EP of four originals this fall, including the aforementioned songs and an instrumental, plus an acapella cover of Rossington Collins Band’s “Pine Box”. Two Gun Hattie are locked and loaded and focusing on taking their rightful place in the Texas/Red Dirt/Americana music scene.
Venue Information:
Six Springs Tavern
147 N Plano Rd
Richardson, TX, 75081