THE FREIGHTSHAKERS

Modern day honkytonk heros, Gethen Jenkins and The Freightshakers, deliver high octane classic country music with an outlaw stance. With David Gilliard on upright bass, Gary Brandin on pedal steel, Dale Daniel on drums and Jeremy Long on everything else, you’re already havin a good night, add the unparalleled baritone of lead singer Gethen Jenkins and they will have to kick you out at closin time! These boys take the myth making and truth telling that is outlaw country music to a higher level in a good ole honkytonk kinda way.

GETHEN JENKINS

Born on the Banks of the Ohio River, in the Tri-state area, where Kentucky, Ohio, and West “By God” Virginia come together.Gethen Jenkins was born and bred surrounded by American music, from the purest of Blue Grass to whiskey soaked Honkytonk. Music took hold at the age of eight, beating on his dad’s Gibson.  His teenage years were spent in Galena, a rural Indian Village on the Yukon River, deep in the Alaskan Tundra. Thankfully for the ladies, Alaska didn’t take away that southern charm, or West Virginia accent.After 8 years in the U.S.Marines, Gethen landed in Southern California. Returning from Iraq, and determined to sing his own song, he found his home in Honkytonk. Over the next several years Gethen immersed himself in his music, emerging as the larger than life frontman of The Freightshakers. His first love is music and it shows! Not a person in whatever joint he’s playing doesn’t leave with a little piece of him and visa versa. From the tenderness in a slow painful waltz to the ornery growl in a drivin tempo, whether it’s a song sung by one of his heroes or one he wrote yesterday, there is one thing that comes through in all the songs he sings and that’s heart…..

JEREMY LONG

Jeremy Long is a lead guitarist for the SoCal honky tonk band The Freight Shakers. He also doubles on piano/dobro and has been known to sit in with other local artists on pedal steel guitar and accordion as well. Jeremy had been in the local scene for many years until he met Gethen Jenkins and decided to put the best possible honky tonk band together. The Freight Shakers was soon formed with an all star line up of locals hand picked by Jeremy.

DAVID GILLIARD

Born in South Georgia….on the back side of Tiger Mountain…in Miller’s Cave!! Big Dave made his way to Southern CA…via Tallahassee, FL and Athens, GA. The Duck has landed with The Freightshakers and enjoys throwing down the honky tonk good times with the boys in the band.

DALE DANIEL

He has played drums for several artists over the years. Probably the most notable ones would be The Hacienda Brothers, Wanda Jackson, and Dallas Wayne. You may have also seen me with Mike Stinson, Dan Janisch, Grant Langston, Brennen Leigh, Mickey Champion, Rick Shea, Kern Richards…the list goes on. I play C and C Custom Drums, made in Kansas City, MO. Check ‘em out. Currently, you’ll find me around southern California with The FreightShakers, David Serby and the Latest Scam, Haymaker and more. Keep listening

GARY BRANDIN

You may very well touch down on a Lost Beach, on a mysterious tropical isle, as steel guitarist Gary Brandin rouses phantoms from his instrument with his velvet touch. Brandin’s own musical intuition and raw talent keep him in demand around town, not only with The Freightshakers but also providing Hawaiian-carnival jams for the cartoon Sponge Bob Squarepants and supplying ethereal textures for LA’s own The Blue Hawaiians.

August 1, 2014 FULLERTON, CA BIGS BIGS
August 3, 2014 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA SWALLOWS INN SWALLOWS INN
August 7, 2014 Los Angeles, CA EL CID EL CID
August 10, 2014 Silverado Canyon, CA COOKS CORNER COOKS CORNER
August 16, 2014 NORTH FORK, CA BANDIT TOWN U.S.A. BANDIT TOWN U.S.A.
August 17, 2014 BAKERSFIELD, CA TROUTS TROUTS
August 21, 2014 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA THE WHISKEY A GO GO THE WHISKEY A GO GO
August 23, 2014 SILVERADO CANYON, CA SILVERADO CAR SHOW SILVERADO CAR SHOW
August 23, 2014 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA THE REFINERY THE REFINERY
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Ameripolitan Awards

With the release of their first EP, “When the Whiskey Calls”, The Freightshakers were nominated for “Honkytonk Band of the Year” at Dale Watson’s inaugural Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, TX.
They are hoping for a second nomination with their first LP, “Honkytonk Belongs”. Support you local honkytonk band, The Freightshakers, at www.ameripolitan.com

Here’s what some people are saying about The Freightshakers…

Here’s what some people are saying about The Freightshakers…

 

“Ass kickin’, rig rockin’, tele bangin’, cold beer drinkin’, old schoolin’ REAL COUNTRY! If you even THINK you might like country music…. You will LOVE this band…”

–John Neff (guitarist/pedal steel player of Drive By Truckers and Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy)

 

“Outlaw Country Thugs from the OC…”

–Johnny Whitesides-LA Weekly

 

“So while everyone sits around moaning the blues about the “death of the LA Country scene”…these boys fly a big finger in the face of the 70′s rock that is being passed off as country music on the radio. Led by Gethen Jenkins who arrived in Southern California via West Virginia and Alaska (somebody get that boy a damn map!!) these boys are keeping country alive regardless of FM radio. Throw on a worn-out truckers cap, pop open something cold and cheap, and get ready for a good time!”

–some drunk guy after one of our shows

 

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