‘Long Gone’ GJ’s Shotgun Hodown releases second album with local celebration
It is a time-honored tradition to sing about food — pie, tequila, chocolate, scotch, strawberries, marshmallows, ribs and beer (for horses, even) are among the many foods on song menus.
So it makes sense for Shotgun Hodown to add chicken and whiskey with its second album release.
“They are two things I love,” said Bobby Hodown, an original member of the local band.
“It wrote itself real fast,” he said of the song. “There’s no deeper meaning behind it.”
“Chicken and Whiskey” and 12 other tracks can be found on “Long Gone” and a CD release party for the album will be at 8 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Mesa Theater, 538 Main St.
Tayla Dewey will open the night, then Bronco Country and Wavebaby will take the stage followed by Shotgun Hodown.
The band plans to play its new album front to back before bringing up some guests to join the band and do some older songs, Hodown said.
Shotgun Hodown has become a familiar group around the Grand Valley after starting about eight years ago. It has had its currently lineup of band members for six years.
Hodown plays guitar, banjo, vox and accordion; Amanda Jones is on keys; D’Ray Canaday, bass; Billy T. Billy, drums; and Bryan Collings, trombone, percussion and synth.
They all sing and had a creative hand in the lyrics and riffs of “Long Gone.”
“We’re all about free expression and original songs,” Hodown said. “We definitely put on a weird and varied performance.”
Shotgun Hodown calls its genre “fringe class,” meaning it’s on the fringe of rock ‘n’ roll, punk rock, reggae and psychedelic rock, “but none of them really fit us,” Hodown said.
Those genres can be heard in Shotgun Hodown’s music, but “we’re original and eclectic,” Hodown said.
“Long Gone” is “a lot more personal” than the band’s previous album — “Necro-Nuclear High Desert Outlaw” — in that it was written by the entire band and not just himself, Hodown said.
The 13 tracks are all pretty different, he said.
“Barbara” was developed from a riff Canaday started playing one day in the studio. Amanda began singing over top the bass line and that was that.
Another track features lyrics from Billy about his experience getting to know Grand Junction after moving from San Francisco.
Billy fit those lyrics to music developed by the rest of the band “and it worked out perfect,” Hodown said.
“Long Gone” also contains reflective songs, satirical lyrics and the voices of friends and fellow musicians in a mix “that was a lot of fun” to make, Hodown said.
“Long Gone” was put together in part over three days at Jones’ family cabin on Grand Mesa overlooking mountains and oak brush and taking advantage of the relaxed feeling one can get when away from the regular routine of life, Hodown said.
“The more relaxed you are the better it’s going to go ,,, you’re going to feel the music better,” he said. “It’s free-flow magic.”
The band wrapped up recording in Hodown’s backyard studio, then Hodown mixed the sound — he has been the head sound engineer at Mesa Theater for five years — and Taylor Riley at Fusion Audio Solutions mastered and put the finishing touches on it, Hodown said.
Starting at the CD release party and for the next two months, “Long Gone” will only be available locally from band members and at Triple Play Records, 530 Main St.
The band decided to do that “to give our Grand Junction fans the exclusivity of it. We appreciate our local fans more than anything,” Hodown said.