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Two Dollar Pistols

After spending over a decade playing drums in various rock bands, singer/songwriter John Howie eventually exchanged his kit for a six-string acoustic guitar and a handful of broken-hearted, whisky-drinking country ballads to form Two Dollar Pistols. Taking a cue from old-time country-folk from the Sun Records era of the 1950s, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, Howie remained in his home state of North Carolina rather than jumping ship to the carbon-copy, commercialized country of Nashville. With the accompaniment of guitarists Greg Hawks and John Prince, drummer Chris Phillips (who can also be found behind the set in the Squirrel Nut Zippers), bassist Jack Campbell, fiddler Jon Kemppainen, and steel guitarist Steve Watson, Two Dollar Pistols' constant gigging was eventually rewarded with a deal on Hep-Cat Records, who put out their debut, On Down the Track, in 1997. Their follow-up, Step Right Up, was released the next year on Yep Roc. An EP of duets with Tift Merritt became a fan favorite, prompting Howie to make lineup changes. Guitarist Scott McCall, bassist Neal Spaulding, and drummer Mark Weaver joined the band and hit the road to promote the album. This lineup lasted into 2002, when the group recorded and released You Ruined Everything. Hands Up! followed two years later. ~ Mike DaRonco, Rovi
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Absolutely great! One of my favorite bands.
There is a touch of Dave Alvin in those vocals; great stuff
@Johnny Bush - maybe Junior Brown?
sanders_93
Good stuff, first time I have heard em'!!! Fine guitar work!
wbkcbutler
hey are u from cheyenne wy? I lived there til 88. please let me know.
Mixed sounds of Johnny Bush, and someone I can not put my finger on.

Regardless, Great sound!!
John Howie's bassy vocals are just as impressive live. Saw him at a little bar in Chapel Hill a few years back. GREAT show. The Two Dollar Pistol albums are also solid offerings and represent well what these guys can do on stage.
One of my favorite bands. Just fantastic.
franpoliti
great! What a wonderful wonderful sound!
I like it,I like the old style of country anyway, stuff like Carrie Underwood, just don't cut it, this seems like real country.
japhyrider54
john howie is a wonderful throw back, and a more wonderful man. Long live the 2 dollar pistols! if you ever happen to stop in chapel hill, n.c., you will walk right by him and won't know it. he is a good man!

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