Texas Hippie Coalition to play Headliners Oct. 21Written by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Dad Ritch, who fronts The Texas Hippie Coalition, said the southern five-piece “Red Dirt Metal” band is out to “save the music.”
“I used to love MTV man, it’s what I grew up on,” Ritch said in his heavy southern drawl. “About nine years ago it got to the point where I didn’t like anything I was seein’ on MTV, nothing on the radio made me feel passionate about music like I did when I was a kid. I wasn’t getting that vibe and I didn’t see that passion falling into the generations behind me.”
So Ritch joined with lead guitarist Randy Cooper, bassist John Exall, rhythm guitarist Crawfish and drummer Ryan “The Kid” Bennett to form THC, a well-balanced and perfectly blended “Southern-Fried Texas Metal” band.
“I put on the mask and cape and I’m out here tryin’ to bring the real music back,” Ritch said. “A lot of times people say we have that Texas groove and they hear Pantera in our sound. I think that’s great, I love to hear it. I wish Pantera was still here makin’ music. I bump into people all the time that say they hear ZZ Top or Skynyrd when we play, they hear that southern pride.”
Whether it’s writing new material or touring the country playing live shows, Ritch describes the music business as only a southern gentleman could.
“The business is like riding a bull and you have to hold on and some people can’t hold on. We’re heading in the right direction now and the whole eight seconds is about to be ridden out,” he said.
With the release of its album “Pride of Texas” in 2008 and the release of “Rollin’” in July, THC’s proverbial “bull ride” is gaining attention.
“I can’t believe such ugly guys like us can pull such beautiful women to shows,” Ritch laughed. “We have a lot of alpha males comin’ to the shows, everyone from bikers to police. We reach a wide range of people. We’re not trying to hit a certain group, we’re not tryin’ to pick a target. Being able to have that craziness makes our shows very wild.”
So what of this “Red Dirt Metal” description? Ritch said “Red Dirt” means the songs tell a story.
“It’s not a broadstroke brush,” he said. “I try not to get too carried away with everything, I try to keep it more about what I know and that’s life. We’re no different than the people who listen to our music, we’re workin’ to make our house payment, keep the cable on and keep up on child support.”
Doors for the Oct. 21 THC show at Headliners open at 8 p.m. and advance tickets can be purchased from Ramalama Records and Culture Clash for $8. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Visit THC online at thcoutlaw.com.