In a time when country music has become less country, it’s a good thing to know that there is a band like The TRUCK STOP TROUBADOURS around to keep the fire alive for the traditional sounds and themes of true country & rockabilly music. So tell the Congregation to rise and open their hymnals to the songs of those who blazed the trail and laid the ground work. As the good Reverend and his Honky-Tonk Choir deliver the gospel of Hillbilly Music !
The Truck Stop Troubadours are a Western Mass/Ct. based band bringing back a classic outlaw country sound mixed with hints of Rockabilly and Americana. The band has been performing since 2010 and has been gaining a solid fan base that extends to country and non-county fans alike. Landing them prime spots on the Town and County fair market as well as opening for national acts like JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY , DWIGHT YOAKAM, KENNY ROGERS and CHARLIE DANIELS BAND. The band also has won the title of BEST COUNTRY BAND in the Valley Advocate's annual reader's poll in 2010 and 2011, an honor they are proud to have. Recently the band received the 2015 Grand Band Slam prize for best Original Music Band.
Born and raised in tobacco farm town in Connecticut traditional country singer BRIAN CHICOINE followed his heart and love for country music to Nashville where he lived for 10 years gigging and defining his own music style on Lower Broad at clubs and venues like Layla's Bluegrass Inn, Robert's Western World, Tootsie's, Second Fiddle and Legend's Corner. Brian shared the stage with some of Nashville’s top musicians and Opened shows for artists such as SHOOTER JENNINGS, BR5-49, DALE WATSON, HANK WILLIAMS III, JYPSI and many others. His Nashville line-up of his backing band The TRUCK STOP TROUBADOURS took him on tour all around the South and out to Texas where he soaked in the sounds of the Austin scene. Brian returned home to New England in 2008 bringing back with him is knowledge of the Nashville and Austin scenes and a notebook full of original songs. And in 2010 Brian decided the time was right to re-form a band that would stand for the tradition of country music with the Legends of the past like Waylon, Cash, Buck and Ray Price guiding his way.
Joining Brian on the electric and upright bass guitar is JUNIOR CAIN. Junior has been playing electric bass since 1967 . His early influences
were listening to Elvis & Country & Western artist like Cash, Hank,
The Kingston Trio, Roger Miller in my folks 64 Dodge Dart Wagon. Junior
quickly found the radio's Bass Control and use to turn it all the way
up and have my Dads plastic Jesus dancing all over the dash-board. He
believes everything you hear eventually comes out of you as a player.
His ear soon found The mid 60's Invasion bands especially The Stones. He
traced their roots to Chicago and discovered Morganfield, Burnett,
Etta, Chuck & Chess Records. Stax & Motown also influenced his bass
playing. In the mid 70's Junior played many gigs with various Singer
Songwriters and local bands. He was an artist on Big Sound Records a
small indie label out of Ct that British London Decca distributed.
(The Stones 1st Label) He welcomed in the attitude and energy of punk,
ska and the 2nd wave from Britain. The mid to late 70's saw the roots
of American Music Country, Blues,R&R start to morph and hybrids like
Power Pop ,Punk Pop, Cow Punk were born. Muddy Waters said it best....
"The Blues had a baby and they called it R&R" Junior has been in and
around the music biz most of his life gigging recording and working in
music retail. He has shared the stage with some of his teenage heroes
like Muddy Waters,Chuck Berry, & Johnny Winter. Also opened shows for
Steve Earl,Peter Wolf,Jimmy Dale Gilmore Dave Edmonds,The
Ramones,Cheap Trick,John Waite and several others.
Rounding out the band and keeping the time is drummer Gary Tokarz who has played traditional country music for the last 30 years. The last 27 with the band Gunsmoke, performing at venues throughout the Northeast as well as Nashville and Memphis, Tn. A few of his career highlights include opening shows for legends like Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and Carl Perkins as well as an appearance on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on WSM 650 in Nashville. He is also a Connecticut Country Music Hall Of Fame 2011 inductee. Keeping it country with Johnny Cash Train beats, Two-steps and Texas Shuffles, Gary T is the pulse of this Honky-Tonk outfit.
Every time the boys strap on their guitars and kick into that 4/4 foot stompin', two steppin', house rockin', diesel truckin', beer drinkin' beat....Everyone knows that the good times are STILL alive and well. By the end of their sermon drinks will be raised and souls will be saved !! Now, Can I get a Witness !?!?