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Meet Tex Troester of The Groovy Rednecks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tex Troester.

Tex, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The band started in the winter of 1991, when I hired some musicians to help me make a demo tape of a few songs that I had written. Our first gig was at a bar called The Gaslight on March 26 of the same year. As some of my hired guns drifted away, I started to replace them with folks who were really interested in being a part of my band. (a few of them still remain to this day) Over the years we have played close to 900 shows and have made 5 cd’s and a 45 rpm record. We enjoy playing the local rock, punk, and country venues throughout the Los Angeles area.

Has it been a smooth road?
We have had some struggles along the way like never getting that elusive recording contract, and having to deal with problems all bands have to deal with over a 26-year career. (personnel changes, petty arguments, and booking gigs without ever having to resort to a pay to play scheme) But for the most part we are all good friends who like to have fun and play music together.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Groovy Rednecks – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The kind of music we play has many names like Honkytonk, Drunk Rock, Hillbilly, etc. But I prefer to just call it what it is “Country”. A typical show consists of 80 percent original material and 20 percent cover tunes. We play approx. 2-5 shows per month and have a long-time residency on the 3rd Sat of every month at a little dive called the Cinema bar in Culver City.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like the diversity of the city, whether it’s playing Jumbo’s Clown Room every St. Paddy’s Day in East Hollywood or the Elvis Presley b-day bash every Jan 8th in the valley. The only thing that bothers me about the city is the amount of homelessness I see on a daily basis.

We can and should do a better job taking care of them.

Pricing:

  • Approx $ 200 for a 1 hour show / $ 500 for a private party
  • CD’s available for $ 5 bucks !

Contact Info:

  • Email: groovyrednecks@yahoo.com
  • Facebook: groovyrednecks@facebook.com


Image Credit:

Steven Simko
Alexandra Kube

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