Vandoliers' Holiday Hoedown

Vandoliers' Holiday Hoedown

Pedigo's Magic Pilsner, The 40 Acre Mule, Joshua Ray Walker

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Vandoliers- It's just plain old well-written American music. and yes, they have plenty of outlaw country, folk and rock &roll in their record collections.
Pedigo's Magic Pilsner
Pedigo's Magic Pilsner
Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner is an ode to my Dad, and the name has its own
story: When I was a kid, he made nearly undrinkable beer and called it
Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner. He’d make it in the kitchen sink which in the
end was where it all ended up anyway, because no one would drink it;
arguably more successful was the bowling team he named after the beer –
PM Pilsners. (Which I was lucky enough to sub for on many occasions and
got a sturdy learning on the sport.) While I don’t make my own beer, I
do feel that the music is a brew of styles and years I’ve put into
music; at some points it is straight forward singer-songmaker-upper and
at others is straight-up rock and roll. From rockabilly onward I’ve
played most styles and have seen a good chunk of the world doing so.

It’s 2017 – a year that starts with as much trepidation as it does
intrepid hope; a hope that we can forge an unfeigned path through any
timorous landscape with our footprints firmly fossilized in the ground.
We all create our own fate. We all have power to change and fix what we
don’t like. But mostly, we are not helpless when we are hopeful.

My wife told me 9 years ago, “Every year gets better.” A mantra that
I’ve adopted. Each year, we learn more and more about ourselves. There’s
new discovery that leads us towards the knowledge of what we hold within
ourselves. Obviously, most of this is personal and self serving – things
as simple as which foods or music we love to each and every one of our
choices and beliefs. However, either way, we become more and more who we
are each year; solidifying our person.

In 2008, Taylor Young and I started the group The O’s, a challenge to
get ourselves on the road as easily as possible; a two ‘One-man-band’
onslaught. If we could keep overhead low with just two dudes, there was
nothing stopping us from hopping in a van or on a plane and playing a
show. Which we did and still do. Nine years strong and four albums,
countless touring and hazy mishaps, the band has played from 10-10000
people on every stage from trailer beds to the Hammersmith Odeon in
London. We’ve ventured further than some, but shorter than many playing
over 150 shows a year.

Before The O’s, I spent my wayfaring nights with Slick 57, Boys Named
Sue, and Rose County Fair. Slick was lucky enough to sign with an
Australian label called Laughing Outlaw Records. Because of them, we did
a ton of US touring, a bunch of European touring, and an Australian/New
Zealand tour. It was fantastically disastrous and made us all who we are
today. And I mean that emotionally and physically as my liver would
attest. The Sues have had a raucous run of fun delivering dated country
music and good times with the largest of winks. Rose County Fair gave me
the indie deluge I needed at the time between Slick 57 and The O’s.

Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner continues a personal path; a continuation of a
musical journey. But mostly it’s an homage to my Dad who has always been
my number one fan. He got sick recently and it brought with it a true
sense of mortality. In remission now, we’ve bought more time. And during
this, I plan to make him proud. As it has always been, my goal is to
deliver music from the heart, art from the soul, truth from whichever
medium necessary. From developing one’s craft to sacred friendships and
family, not much else matters on the journey. Other than bowling.

– John Pedigo, March 2017
The 40 Acre Mule
The 40 Acre Mule
The crossroads of soul and rock 'n' roll from Dallas, TX.
Joshua Ray Walker
Joshua Ray Walker
Joshua grew up listening to the 80's and 90's pop country that played on his parents car radio like many young Texans did at that time, but he was more interested in the records played in his grandfather's garage, where he spent most of his free time as a child. His grandfather, Ray, had a large collection of Rag-time, Bluegrass and folk music from the Smokey Mountains, where he grew up but played almost as often were Ray's "dance" records. He and Joshua's grandmother, Gail, had been professional dance instructors in Manhattan, where they met, before moving to Texas in the 70's. They brought along stacks of old salsa, meringue, rumba, bossa nova, cha-cha and even some south african penny whistle and choral music. This shaped Joshua's early career as a musician. His first instrument was Ray's four string tenor banjo. He soon graduated to a five string and then, at eight years old, a classical guitar after taking interest in flamenco music. At nine he was placed in his first formal lessons with a blues guitarist at a local music store. It didn't take long for him to want an electric so he could emulate the style he had seen his teacher play. Due to family financial issues Joshua could no longer take lessons and so began his self education as a musician.

Joshua began gigging in blues bands at nine as a gimmick but they soon realized he had the potential to be a working musician and by junior high he played regularly in local bands. For over a decade now, he has been pursuing his goal of being a working musician mostly in the role of lead guitarist but he has also played drums, bass, and banjo in bands over the years.

The most recent occurrence in his career is, very strange. He is writing and singing Country music. The one genre he always shied away from growing up has become his new passion. When his paternal grandfather Billy Walker passed in 2006 he inherited some country records, the good stuff, Merle, Waylon, Jones, Hank I and II, Willie, Guy Clark and things of the like but he didn't give them any attention at first. What sparked Joshua's writing was the passing of his grandfather, Ray, in late 2009. A few months after Ray passed, he was playing guitar in his bedroom and for the first time lyrics started coming to mind. That night he wrote a verse and chorus to what would eventually be his first song. It turns out it was a folk song, and the more he wrote the less folk and the more country his songs began to sound. He started to listen to those old country records and he finally understood. It's about the story. What he loved so much about instrumental music could be expressed in few words and simple rhymes and still have so much meaning. His least favorite genre of music has become his genre of choice and he would like to share what he's written with you.

Expect his first solo release "I Rode The Bull at Bronco Billy's" this Summer!
Venue Information:
Three Links
2704 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226