Slim Crowbar and the I.O.U.s

Genre: Alternative, Country, Rock

Sound description: Drummer Tom Essa calls the band's music "Tow-Truck Americana."

RIYL: Joey Harris and the Mentals, Mississippi Mudsharks

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Inception: San Diego, 2009

Influences: Mississippi Mudsharks, the Beat Farmers, the Incredible Hayseeds, Mojo Nixon, Joey Harris and the Speedsters, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, the Paladins, the Blasters


Mississippi Mudsharks' drummer Tom Essa's new band, Slim Crowbar and the I.O.U.s, features Essa on drums and vocals and Scottie Mad Dog Blinn holding down the bass and singing with Joey Harris. Essa calls the music "Tow-Truck Americana."

Reminiscent of Country Dick Montana's super side-group, the Incredible Hayseeds, the Crowbars play wildly broken country and bone crushing western, with a little blues and something tender thrown in for good measure.

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