Two Tons of Steel spreads rockabilly, roots music far and wide

Band has infectious energy, steady beat

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GRUENE, Texas - This is the band that got it all started for me way back in, oh, say, 2002 or so.

My family had just moved to San Antonio and I had been tiring of the over-processed, commercialized pablum coming out of Nashville masquerading as country music.

And I had been hearing about great Texas bands doing some roots music and decided to go see the one I had heard about the most: a little band called Two Tons of Steel that played a joint called Casbeers on Blanco Road in San Antonio.

My wife took me there as a birthday treat in March or so of that year, and since that point, country music has been in my rearview mirror and I have joined the Texas and Americana Music revolution.

According to the band's website, Two Tons has been around for quite a while, first calling itself the "Dead Crickets."

I think this one quote from their bio sums up what Two Tons is to Texas Music: "If there's one thing Texans love, it's a good party. But if you ask self-respecting Lone Star carousers what turns a bash into a blast, they won't say beer or barbecue. They know it all comes down to the music. And there's one band that can rouse revelers like no other: Two Tons of Steel.

"Two Tons' rambunctious brand of country-rooted rock has been inspiring listeners in the great republic — and far beyond — for more than two decades, and with its 10th album, NOT THAT LUCKY, the band is ready to throw its weight around even more."

What makes me all the more familiar with Two Tons is that I used to run into Kevin Geil at news stories back when he was a photographer at the San Antonio Express News newspaper.

We'd see each other and I'd ask about the band and how he kept up with a family, a full-time day job and a very active career in a very popular band and was amazed at how he did it.

With the steel guitar and the upright bass, Two Tons sounds two times better than bands without those instruments and they can play a variety of music from jitter bugging dance numbers to slow ballads.

Some of my favorite tunes the band has done over the years include their great version of "I Wanna be Sedated," "Hold Over Me," "Cryin' Eyes," "Diddly Daddy" and more.

I could go on and on, but listen for yourself and see and hear the wonders of Two Tons of Steel.

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