SMOKEHOUSE GAMBLERS - Bio
Packed under arm from the attic is a live ammo box filled with and rootsy original Americana tunes. Splattered with acoustic battery acid, barley and hops, stuck together with creosote and electric-eyed bourbon, the Smokehouse Gamblers welcome in the sweetness of the Northern California Pines, all the while, casing the neighborhood for good vittles and beer.
Holed up in the western hills of Sonoma County, Calif., the Smokehouse Gamblers emerged in 2005 as a three piece. Pulled away from the ag lands of the Central Valley via the Australian Outback, Ted Baggett (lead vocals, guitars, keys) punched cattle and wired fences while strumming along to the sounds of crickets and cane toads. Matt ‘O Shea (bass) spent his time on the production line of a solid little microbrewery, while Jim Jacobs (drums) traveled from coast to coast, marketing brews for the same little – Lagunitas Brewing Company. Three albums in, the boys found Dustin Smart (lead guitar and Ferrier), Frank Pellkofer (mandolin and CEO sausage maker) and Kevin Lynch (percussion.)
Smokehouse Gambler’s latest album “Derailed by Nature” (2012) was recorded in Caspar, Calif., produced by Calvin Turnbull (Kim Ritchey, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Booker T., Melisa Etheridge, Gene Parsons, Bill Bottrell)and offers eclectic elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Folk and Twang.
The title “Derailed by Nature” derives from the times, standing alone at the edge of the high dive, looking forward, looking back. Whether in the vast California desert, the plains of West Texas or the Rocky Mountains, we all tend to derail given the physical nature of gravity at the abrupt moment you leap into the abyss… just ask the Buffalo.
The Smokehouse Gamblers