Combine a Texas expatriate singer/songwriter (Jud Block) with a guitar god from Mint Hill, NC, (Trip Rogers) along with a bass player full of bad intentions from Gaston County (Badger) and a powerhouse drummer from the Upstate (Joe Dorn) and you've either got yourself the foundation for one hell of a rival to MS-13 or something musically special. Well, it seems the folks of Charlotte, NC, may have received a little of both in Cattletruck
When Jud Block and Trip Rogers met up in the early Spring of 2005, they immediately knew they had stumbled upon something special. Bound by a love for the sounds of Townes Van Zandt, Slobberbone, James McMurtry, Lucero, and the Drive By Truckers, they decided it was time to wake up the cover band sated denizens of the Queen City with some original music that would exhilarate, challenge, and, yes, even offend, the staid mindsets of the financial district
Armed with a cache of original material that covered such topics as murder, suicide, self-destruction, and various other forms and consequences of bad decisions, they unleashed themselves on an unsuspecting public.
The punk rock scene was the first to embrace Cattletruck's hard-edged take on Outlaw country, and, not soon after, the singer/songwriter crowd caught on to the literate, gallows humor infused tales of things gone wrong. Such luminaries as David Childers and Bill Noonan have become supporters of Cattletruck's Southern Gothic Rock and Roll
Then, in early 2006, Fate smiled upon Jud and Trip, and they crossed paths with the mysterious bass player Badger and, later that year, drum head abuser and BBQ connoisseur, Joe Dorn. After one session with each of them, it became apparent they provided the drive and intensity Cattletruck had been looking for, and they joined up full-time; thus, making the band a force to be reckoned with
In a short period of time, Cattletruck has built a loyal and very vocal fan base that runs the social gamut from motorcycle clubs to academes, and has created a stir in Charlotte's original music scene with a style that been described as everything from "Goth Country" to "Outlaw Americana."
Whatever you want to call it, climb onboard and buckle up, because it's going to be a dark ride