Two Cow Garage

Fri · November 17, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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This event is all ages

Patrons under 21 years of age pay a $2 surcharge at the door.

You could say we were one of the lucky ones, starting this band in April of ’98 without a
clue as to what we were doing. We were getting tired of the steady punk rock and metal
diet and we wanted to try our hand at country songs, or do our best Tom Waits/Pogues
The trick there was that we couldn’t really play our instruments! I had never played guitar
before and Ben Nichols (lead singer, guitar) had only played bass in other bands.
Finding Roy Berry (drummer) and John C. Stubblefield (bassist) solidified the line up and
being hidden away in Memphis allowed us to woodshed, experiment with different
sounds and create one that was ours alone.
Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as a
band but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the original
line up from almost the beginning, and it shows.
Picking up Rick Steff on keys allowed us to expand the sound and grow musically. Being
able to play whatever we could think up in our heads and having the music we loved and
grew up on motivate and inspire us to try new things and take chances. We realized that
if you added some horns to Ben’s lyrics that it took it to the next step, from sad bastard
country rock to soul and R&B and we realized we were a Memphis band and came by it
honest. We have always brought Memphis with us wherever we went and this just
proved it.
We came out screaming on 1372 Overton Park. Big sound, bigger horns - like a kid with
a new toy we put them on everything and loved it! This record was a marked departure
from the previous sound and announcement of way things we’re gonna be now!
While 1372 Overton Park was written and the horns added after the fact, Women &
Work was written with the horns in mind so it was a little less gung ho and was starting
to settle in nicely. Women & Work is one of the best modern Southern rock records in
my opinion and the song “On My Way Downtown” has almost surpassed “Tears Don’t
Matter Much” as the crowd favorite… almost!
This brings us to the new record. All A Man Should Do contains some of the most
resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written, lyrics that read like chapters from his life on
the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world, and
musically we are broadening our sound. Working with producer Ted Hutt for a third time
at the famous Ardent Studios, we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a
palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories
behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.
It’s also the first time we’ve ever put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of
big star’s “I Fell in Love with a Girl”, and having Jody from Big Star sing back-up vocals
makes it that more special and amazing. This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense
and a perfect finish to the three-part love letter to a city that brought us up and made us
what we are today.
“I was 15 years old in 1989. This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I
was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done.” - Ben Nichols
“Having Big Star actually sing on your cover of a Big Star song that you’re recording at
Ardent Studios - it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.” – Ben Nichols
Two Cow Garage
Two Cow Garage
The group was formed in September 2001 by singer/guitarist Micah Schnabel, who began playing with drummer Dustin Harigle in and around Columbus. Guitarist Chris Flint joined the group after seeing one of their early shows, and bassist Shane Sweeney followed soon after. The group released its first album in 2002 and embarked on a near-constant nationwide U.S. tour, clocking over 300,000 miles on their tour bus. Their second album, The Wall Against Our Back, came out in 2004 to considerable critical acclaim, and the group's tour was recorded by John Boston and released as a documentary, The Long Way Around: One Badass Year With Two Cow Garage. A third album, III, was released in 2007 and followed by Speaking In Cursive in September 2008. Harigle left the band on tour in 2007; drummer Cody Smith, keyboardist Andy Schell, and guitarist Chris Flint joined for Speaking In Cursive.
Venue Information:
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218