With the possible exception of the title, Chad Sullins promises listeners won't find any false advertising on his band's sophomore album, “Incommunicado.”
The Stillwater-based singer-songwriter vows that music lovers who catch his red dirt blues-rock outfit Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition in concert will get the kind of raucous show they would expect from a band whose second album features songs like “Thank God for Jack Daniels,” “Full Throttle” and “Straight to Hell.”
“We do haul ass full throttle and we usually are fueled by Jack Daniels,” Sullins said with a laugh. “It is rowdy. It is loud. It is fast-paced.”
Fortunately, the title of the hard-touring band's second album, “Incommunicado,” has become increasingly inaccurate. In naming the follow-up to the group's aptly named 2009 debut “Uphill Battle,” the frontman channeled his frustrations into the title and the album cover, which features a distant radio tower.
“Basically it means ‘unable to communicate' ... because with our first record, which came out in 2009, we couldn't get any radio play or anybody to pay attention to us in any way, shape or form. So we just kept hammering down the road, and luckily with this record, it's starting to get a little more attention,” Sullins said in a phone interview last week from Shawnee, where he was playing an acoustic show.
Now that they finally have people talking, the singer/guitarist and his cohorts — lead guitarist Josh Rutz, drummer Jeremy Clark and bassist Jerry Stanley — are continuing to celebrate the release of their new album with shows Friday at the Mercury Lounge in Tulsa and Saturday at JC Cowboys in Weatherford.
With the July 10 bow of “Incommunicado,” the Stillwater quartet not only made its debut on the Fort Worth, Texas-based label Smith Entertainment but also premiered on the Texas Regional Radio Top 100 chart with the record's first single, “Thank God for Jack Daniels.” Support from the label, help from other red dirt bands and old-fashioned hard work made the breakthrough possible, Sullins said.
“We've pushed 200 shows a year for the last two or three years really 'cause ... we were just like ‘Let's force people to pay attention,'” he said. “I mean, we coulda just hung it up and been like ‘OK, well, this (first) record didn't do crap and I'm tired of driving around all over the place, so let's just quit and call it a day.' But that's just not the way it works with me 'cause I've tried every other job and pretty much been fired from every other job. And this is the only one I enjoy. So I wasn't quitting.”
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Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Mercury Lounge, 1747 S
When: 10 p.m.
Where: JC Cowboys, Interstate 40 at the Thomas Exit, Weatherford.