Texas Outlaws, Texas Hippie Coalition takes no prisoners on Halloween night in Lexington with Very Alora, Deepfall and Black Star Rising.
That rumble you heard all across Lexington this Halloween night wasn’t the Headless Horseman riding through the streets or the countless witches, warlocks and goblins trick or treating, it was the baddest group of outlaws this side of the Rio Grande, Texas Hippie Coalition, rocking the foundations of Manchester Music Hall. Texas Hippie Coalition or THC as they are affectionally referred to are touring in support of their 6th studio album, High In The Saddle through Entertainment One which was released on the last day of May. Their brand of no holds barred, no apologies given, “Red Dirt Metal” features the outlaws Big Daddy Ritch on vocals along with guitarists Cord Pool and Nevada Romo, bassist Larado Romo and drummer Devon Carothers.
There is no mistaking Big Daddy Ritch on this Halloween evening. A mountain of a man, dressed in his usual all-black attire this evening, complete with dark sunglasses and a black leather hat pulled way down low as he stands center stage, hunched over his double-barrel shotgun mic stand and immediately takes control.
While tonight’s set focuses primarily on the new High In The Saddle album including singles “Moonshine” and “Dirty Finger,” there was plenty of room for scorching performances of fan favorites “Hands Up,” “Turn It Up,” and “Don’t Come Lookin’”. In between songs, Big Daddy Ritch shared stories of his childhood, his “outlaw” life and some general Pearls of Wisdom about life, including what he was going to do with the money spent at the merch table (WWW – Whiskey, Weed, and Women – not exactly in that order).
The self-proclaimed King of Texas, Big Daddy Ritch, and Texas Hippie Coalition ended the evening with a fiery performance of fan-favorite “Pissed Off and Mad About It” ending a great night of metal.
Dressed up like Little Red Riding Hood this Halloween evening, singer Alora Whitten and Very Alora provided the main support for the evening’s activities. With a solid set of original songs with clear influences of Paramore and Sleeping with Sirens, Very Alora were fun and energetic on stage, providing the perfect complement to headliners THC.
Greenville, Michigan rockers Deepfall blasted on stage with fire in their bellies and anger in their eyes, clearly not wanting to waste a minute of their time on stage. With a fiery set that noticeably lifted the energy in the room, Deepfall surely won over several new hungry Lexington metal fans. Freefall is singer Rich Hopkins, guitarists Max Carrillo & Anthony Battista, bassist Taylor Brandt drummer Nick Gray and Tim King on Keys.
Opening the evening with a bang was Lexington, Kentucky based alternative/metal rockers, Black Star Rising. Fronted by Roland Tankersley with vocals and guitar along with guitarist Ellis Sexton, bassist Emmanuel Pugh, and drummer Daniel Pugh Black Star Rising blasted through a set that included “All These Lies” and “Judas Kiss”. The band recently announced they will be taking a short break this winter from the stage to focus on writing and new material for 2020.