by Ryan Meehan
Formed in 2004, the Texas Hippie Coalition is a 5 piece Southern hard rock band from Denison, Texas led by lead singer Big Dad Ritch and have been produced by multi-platinum record producers David Prater and Bob Marlette. Although highly regarded for the intensity of their live shows, what truly distinguishes the band from the morass of their contemporaries is the high quality production value of the studio work. Fans of Pantera, ZZ Top, Black Label Society and Corrosion of Conformity will no doubt find the music of the Texas Hippie Coalition every bit their equal and more. From the ferocity of the their twin guitar assault to its pulsating rhythm section, every bit of their sonic presentation is scrutinized down to the smallest detail. By the time Big Dad Ritch’s snarling vocal is placed into the final mix, all that’s left for the listener to do is wonder why there aren’t more CDs this good. Bid Dad Ritch is our guest today in 5 questions.
RM: What are your five favorite Southern Rock artists of all time? Which album or albums by those artists really inspired you to get excited about performing that genre of music?
BDR: ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pride & Glory, 38 special, and Molly Hatchet. ZZ Top’s “Tres Hombres”.
RM: You worked with legendary producer Bob Marlette on the last record, who also worked with Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. What was that whole experience like for you guys and what did you learn during that whole process?
BDR: It was a total pleasure. Bob is a pro, and conducts himself as such. I learned that I was a badass. But guess I always knew that. Help from Bob just help give me assurance that I was correct.
RM: Did the band make any changes to the writing process when you made “Peacemaker” as opposed to “Rollin’”? Where do a lot of the ideas for the songs generally originate?
BDR: I write all the songs on all the albums. Throughout the 3 albums I’ve written with 7 to 9 different song writers. Being able to write with any n everyone I believe is key to the success of this band. We are our own sound, which is Southern Fried Rock n Roll & our own Brand. Red Dirt Metal. Yet we always figure out a way to be fresh & new. Which is what has helped bands like the Stones, Ozzy, & The Crue have such longevity. Hopefully this means many harvests to come for THC. These songs usually originate “Off the top of my head, Tip of my tongue, deep in my heart, bottom of my lungs”.
RM: How does THC pass time when on the road? Do you have anything that you’re really into that the average fan wouldn’t expect?
BDR: For me, it’s Football, Fishin’, and Fighting. Trying to catch games across the US. Caught one at Soldier Field, and toured Heinz. Fishin’ whether its road side pond or guided trip. Gotta get a pole in the water. Fighting, hell we love wrestling, UFC steel cage, come on.
RM: What’s up next for Texas Hippie Coalition in the remainder of 2013 and the beginning of 2014? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
BDR: The world is not enough, we want the Universe & soon I Big Dad Ritch will rule all. Sorry, I got a little carried away. What was the question? Ahhhhh, yes…Me and my band of outlaws will continue on with our quest to save the state of Rock n’ Roll n Radio itself. No capes, no mask. Just straight forward in your face whiskey laden, weed reakin, Waylon drinkin’ Willie smokin’ ROCK & ROLL. Join the Coalition now!
Official Website: www.thcoutlaw.com/
Texas Hippie Coalition on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texashippiecoalition
Texas Hippie Coalition on Twitter: https://twitter.com/THCOfficial
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