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“About a year ago, I decided I wanted to form a country band,” says Tim Raldo, best known for his confrontational and scatological stage antics fronting the punk band the Filthy Fuks.

“The Ramblin’ Outlaws are trying to bridge the gap between Hank Williams and G.G. Allin,” says the 27-year-old Raldo, whose story of the band’s origin would seem well suited for punk or country. “I went to my friend Rowland Bluntz’s house to hang out and smoke, but then he went to jail after a drunken fight with his girlfriend attracted the attention of the Santee sheriffs. He got released from jail after serving about two and a half months, and we wrote our first song together that night, ‘Kiss My Baby with My Fist.’”

The band’s debut album, Devil’s Railroad, will be released this month. “We did a photo shoot for the cover at an old train in La Mesa,” says Raldo. “The idea of a photo shoot always seemed kinda lame to me, but we got stoned beforehand, and you can really tell by looking at the pictures. All in all, it was a good time.”

So, even in cowboy boots pointy enough to play soccer with a BB, rest assured that Raldo and friends will be keeping it punk. “We look forward to pissin’ and pukin’ all up and down this onetime great country!”

The Ramblin’ Outlaws appear December 19 at the Main Tap in El Cajon.

Main Tap Tavern

518 E. Main Street, El Cajon

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