29 Mules

“29 Mules are unabashedly ballsy and rowdy as f**k! They take their Texas roots seriously and their style is straight up country and ain’t scared of it, but they bring a californiacated and hard punching twist to it with the occasional infusion of rap inspired stylings.” –Eric Rasmussen FAR WEST ALMANAC

“These Mules don’t have many rules, but here’s one they live by: Country is meant to be played loud, fast and hard.” –Bill Locey VENTURA COUNTY STAR

“The union that’s been tearing up the L.A. rockabilly/psychobilly scene like a slow-moving twister through the plains, began as a funky blues-rock thing more than a decade ago. It is the symbiosis between Gonzalez’s shredding blues sensibility and Cannon’s multi-instrumental quickdraw plus clever, country boy charisma that give their sound the edge that separates them from the pack. Only fate could be responsible for such chemistry-- the result of which is balls-to-the-wall, boot-to-the-booty, hip-shakin’, rock solid, smart, sexy, badass country music. That’s not to say there isn’t the occasional sun-kissed ballad in the band’s 500-song repertoire, but inasmuch as a country band can genuinely rock — 29 Mules does.” –Michael Cicero VENTURA COUNTY REPORTER

“Hold on to your cowboy hats, you are in for a wild ride! (Mix a little) Texas Rock, Country, Blues, Psychobilly, a little theatrics, and you’ve got 29 Mules, one of the most versatile and exciting bands to hit the Los Angeles club scene in recent memory.” –Deborah Rose NATIONAL MUSIC EXAMINER  

They call it GARAGE COUNTRY. Mixing southern rock and outlaw country with a peppering of the blues and punk funk, the 29 MULES have cooked up a swampy, back-porch sound that separates them from the pack. It’s a raw, riotous, soul-filled sound that that gets the crowd on its feet, packing the dance floor with characters of all ages.

Songwriting duo Casey Cannon & Xavier Gonzalez met in Los Angeles while working at Guitar Center and instantly connected when they discovered they were both Air Force brats with roots in Texas & the wilds of the Mojave Desert. They grew up listening to Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash, and after playing around in the rock and punk scenes, they drifted back to their roots. Their music was born out of backyard hootenannies and lo-fi garage jams and grew into a popular underground scene with their weekly shows at Ireland’s 32 that attracted some of the best session players LA has to offer.

29 Mules released their first album, NO RULES FOR MULES in 2005. Seasoned with the funky rap stylings of harp player, Dave Spangler, NO RULES was praised for being “unabashedly ballsy & rowdy as F*CK!” Their follow up album in 2009, 80 FEET DEEP, was produced by legendary drummer David Raven (Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Carlene Carter) and features an all-star cast of guest musicians including Johnny G. (bass player for Slash’s Snakepit), Mike Starr (fiddle player for Hank III), Dillon O’Brian on piano and vocals (Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt) and Dean Parks on steel guitar and banjo (Steely Dan, Bob Seger, Stevie Wonder.) Their latest self-titled release, 29 MULES, was released at the beginning of 2012. Produced by Casey, Xavier and Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings), 29 MULES gets back to the basics.

Too brazen for pop-country radio, 29 Mules have songs featured in rotation on Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country, Luftansa Airlines Americana Radio, and indie and college stations around the world. They have had songs featured in films and TV (THE LEGEND OF BLOODY JACK, WALKING TALL 3) and the boys recently made an appearance in a Buick Verano commercial.

Equally at home with the legends of country and the icons of rock, the band has toured with Stoney LaRue and shared bills across the west with Ryan Bingham, Shooter Jennings, Deryl Dodd, Fishbone, Southern Culture on the Skids, Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Hank Williams III, Scott H. Biram, Bruce Robison,  and Asleep at the Wheel. 


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