Wild the Coyote, Sober Junkie
Fri · January 26, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmThe State Room
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BLACKKISS the desert country band lead by front man Pete Sands will be releasing the first part of their greatly anticipated sophomore double disc album titled “Dark Side of Country”. Coming off a major successful showcase in Nashville, TN, at the third annual SLUMFEST Music Fest hosted by Shady/Slumerican recording artist Yelawolf. Heavily influenced by the likes of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, BLACKKISS has found their place in today's Outlaw Country music scene. Having shared the stage with the likes of Whitey Morgan & the 78's, The Randy Rogers Band, and the White Buffalo, at prior shows here at the State Room, this will be the first headlining show here for the dark country horse known as BLACKKISS.
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The band name actually came from a revelation from an old Chilean woman who told Pete, "You're like the Sun and Moon at the same time. You are the light and dark, like a Black kiss..." So the name "Blackkiss" stuck, which became a musical style that's a mixture of a lot of different aspects of music and lifestyles.
Pete Sands grew up listening to the old country songs from the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, all the while growing up on the Navajo-Indian reservation. In 2007, after a year of playing open mic nights, Sands recorded his first Demo "Black Occasion" under the BLACKKISS name. Sands then took the BLACKKISS sounds throughout Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas until landing his first major break at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Often compared to Johnny Cash's American Recording's Era, BLACKKISS took a huge step forward by releasing his first full length debut album "Dirt Dance Floor" in November 2014. Due to their truly unique desert sound BLACKKISS has been labeled as gritty and bare-boned Country Music.
In early 2015 cellist Ren Javadov entered the BLACKKISS circle through mutual friends with Pete. After the reaction they got after playing their first show together at "America Loves Bacon" festival in Phoenix, AZ, they knew they have something truly unique. And in early 2016 BLACKISS became a little bit bigger by adding drummer Steven Tabarez to the unit.
Some notable BLACKKISS shows are performing at the Sundance Film Festival 2014-2015, Thunder Country Fest 2014 (w/ Bucky Covington, Lonestar, Mark Wills, etc), opening for John Moreland, Two Car Garage, Matt Woods, Randy Rogers Band, The White Buffalo, HoneyHoney, and their all time favorite Whitey Morgan & the 78's. Pete Sands also/has worked with Yelawolf, Shooter Jennings, Joey Stylez, and filmmaker Taylor Sheridan.
Wild the CoyoteE is currently collaborating with LA rapper Badd Wolf, on a innovative blues and hip-hop project titled; Wild the Coyote & The Badd Wolf. They most recently opened for Slim Shady Records artist Yelawolf in Nashville, TN.
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