The Sword is an Austin, Texas based band that formed back in 2003 and has released eight (8) LPs (this number is also counting Low Country which is a reimagining of their 2015 release – High Country). The Sword consists of members: J.D. Cronise (vocals/guitar), Kyle Shutt (guitar), Bryan Richie (bass/keyboards), and Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III (drums). Their first few releases categorized their music as doom metal, but over the years the band has developed their sound to more of a hard rock/metal 70s super band sound like Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin/Thin Lizzy. Since the release of their latest LP, Used Future, the band has been on tour in support of the record playing cross country and many festivals as well. Anytime The Sword makes it to Atlanta, you will find me in the photo pit! After meeting the band a few times, I have to admit that they are the nicest dudes who are very down to earth and chill.
On tour with The Sword is the band The Shelter People who are based out of Tulsa and consists of Dakota Hurley (vocals/guitar), Garon Burch (bass/vocals), and Adryon Dasilva (drums). Two really cool things about this band: they got their name from an LP from Leon Russell AND they covered Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B” which just happens to be one of my favorite songs from the fathers of doom metal. This band really had me sold after the first couple notes from their first song. I have to say that if you are a fan of Rock & Roll/heavy psychedelic blues then The Shelter People is the band you need in your life. Check out their official Bandcamp page to hear some of The Shelter People!
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