Schlitz Kickin’ Country presents JONNY CORNDAWG
Jonny Corndawg, Virginia-raised, Nashville-cured (and currently homeless) is an infectious songwriter and burgeoning country starthat worships the altar of Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, and Michael Hurley. With lyrics so honest they'll make you blush or laugh out loud, or ponder how he's able to render a topic in just a few sure lyrical brushstokes, his songs will sneak up and ambush you where you won't be able to get them out of your head. His humor is evident but so is his respect and love for the genre; Corndawg is paying respect the way he knows how.
Offstage, Jonny Corndawg is an airbrushing, leather-working, marathon-running, truck-driving machine who treats his body like a temple and country music like the gospel. Daytrotter wrote: "his ideas seem to be drawn from the skies like crazy lightening, strange buzzes that will make you loopy for a second, nailing him with an idea that he then feels compelled to communicate, no matter how off-color or graphic it may be." Corndawg has a knack of singing about things most people think about but wouldn't dare say.
Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags.
Who is Robert Ellis? At first glance, he’s simply a smiling, longhaired, twenty-two-year old in a hand-stitched western shirt and Dwight Yoakam-tight blue jeans. But there’s more to this youthful Houston, Texas native than meets the eye. The New York Times recently proclaimed that Ellis sounds “equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones.” Not a bad reference point for an artist his age. Ellis cut his teeth performing the songs of similar luminaries around town, most notably at the neighborhood beacon, Fitzgerald’s.