Blacktop Mojo

Scout Bar presents

Blacktop Mojo

Silk Knives, Shaving Susie, Dead Radio

Fri, September 22, 2017

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

Scout Bar

Houston, TX

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

Blacktop Mojo
Blacktop Mojo
Blacktop Mojo is a hard rock band from Palestine, Texas that channels a heavy, gritty sound that seamlessly blends melody and adrenaline. With sludgy, rigid guitar lines and soaring, ariose vocal runs, twisted around psychedelic story-telling; Blacktop Mojo's songs deal with everything from ballads of love and loss, to epic tales of overcoming death itself, all delivered in the package of staunch, hard rock.
Blacktop Mojo was formed in September 2012 by lead vocalist Matt James, drummer Nathan Gillis. Armed with a demo EP and a dream, the band set out to play as many shows as they could, anywhere that they could, playing any type of music they could think of to hone their craft and find their sound. In their short time together, playing shows across the state, the band has shared the stage with a range of touring artists including Aaron Lewis, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Puddle of Mudd, Whiskey Myers, Dirty River Boys, and The Bigsbys, among others.
Through touring, the band was introduced to their fifth member, lead guitarist, Ryan Kiefer. Through a series of impromptu sessions at the band’s infamous “Jam Shack”, Kiefer fell right into place with the band. He liked the same music, had the same taste in off-color humor, and most importantly, his style of guitar playing fit flawlessly into place with Irwin’s brand of shredding to form a specially blended dual guitar attack
While the band enjoys playing their favorite cover songs, they are truly impassioned with crafting their own original music. "The thing that makes us different from a lot of bands today is that ALL of us write the songs," says drummer Nathan Gillis. "My best five songs have to beat out Matt's 5 songs. Matt's best 5 have to beat out Ryan's best, and so on. It makes us really versatile in our styles and how we write. The thing that I also love about this band,” Gillis continues, “is that we can all sit in a room and write songs TOGETHER as well.”
Through many months of this type of collaboration, between playing shows, the band put together their first Full-Length album, titled, “I AM”. The album was recorded and mastered at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, Texas with the help of Producer Philip Mosley, Staff Engineer Drew Hall, and Mixing Engineer Austin Deptula. “We titled this album, ‘I Am’ because it makes a statement about who we are as a band, which is taking a crazy group of scatterbrained guys, with different writing and playing styles, sitting down in a room together with all of our separate thoughts and approaches to writing songs, and turning that into a singular energy, that we can all be proud of,” says vocalist Matt James.


Lead Vocals/ Rhythm Guitar- Matt James
Guitar/ Backing Vocals- Kenneth Irwin
Percussion- Nathan Gillis
Bass- Matt Curtis
Lead Guitar/ Backing Vocals- Ryan Kiefer
Silk Knives
Silk Knives
Shaving Susie
Shaving Susie
Shaving Susie
Rock/Metal from Alvin Texas

History
Shaving Susie formed in December 2008. Starting with two founding members: Terry Arehart and Cody Howes. While seeking out members to complete the band, Chris Cook, Rick Nugent and Derek Savoie finalized the band’s roster. Each member of the band brought their own unique style to the band. Some of Shaving Susie’s influences are Johnny Cash, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Megadeath, Metallica, System of The Down, Pantera, Slipknot, and many more. Rather than focusing on one particular style, the band decided to merge each member’s style creating a southern swampy metal sound.
We are a solid group of seasoned musicians that have been around each other for years, but all in different bands. Once we all came together after many years, we often wonder why we didn’t do this years ago. We all work great together and everyone is dedicated to the work. We have been together as Shaving Susie for 6yrs now, and are still going strong.
Within the first couple of years we focused on writing, playing shows every weekend and recording tracks for our first CD we titled “RAZOR BURN”. And we are currently in the studio recording our second album now at Sugarhill Studios.
We have had several great shows over the years at such venues like: House of Blues, Scout Bar, Hard Rock Café, Engine Room, BFE, The Rail Club and Warehouse Live, to name a few. And have also played several music festivals such as SXSW. We have opened for many national acts such as Jackyl, Metal Church, HED PE, Filter, Saliva, Saving Able, HELLYEAH and Texas Hippie Coalition to name a few. Our music reflects a modern sound with a vintage feel.

As of January 2015, unfortunately Chris Cook and Derek Savoie had to leave the band for personal reasons. We wish them well and thank them for 6 years of service with Shaving Susie.

As of February 2015 we brought in Zakk Hart as our new Vocalist and Curtis Herrmann took over on Drums.

Members:
Zakk Hart……. (Vocals)
Terry Arehart.. (Guitar)
Rick Nugent….. (Guitar)
Cody Howes……. (Bass)
Curtis Herrmann…. (Drums)
Venue Information:
Scout Bar
18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX, 77058
http://scoutbar.com/2012/