"The sound of a Flathead Ford with busted muffler and three flat tires running on Hi-Test & caffeine."
What started as a late night Easter Eve text conversation, most likely fueled by alcohol and the Holy Spirit of Charlton Heston’s Moses flashing across the TV screen, and culminating in a living room strewn with guitars, beer bottles and a small flask of whiskey tucked neatly behind a table leg, evolved into Colonels of Truth.
Rick Santos of the South Bay honky tonk heroes Longliner joined with Peter Dominguez, David Sands & Robert Scott Mueller of San Francisco’s cow punk outfit GEN 11 in an attempt to strip everything away and return to their roots. Brad Parker joined CoT on snare & brushes for most of 2014. With Brad's departure late in the year, The Colonels were extremely fortunate to add Ian Taylor Sutton on pedal steel guitar and percussion.
Their brand of Northern California Neo Bluegrass Anti Folk Urban Gospel Alt Country Americana was brought to Real Job Recording in Fremont, California for their 'live in studio' debut EP Songs of Love, Blood & Redemption in late 2013.
Since it's December 2013 release the EP has received steady play on college, independent & community radio, as well as having two songs featured on FX Network's brilliantly twisted comedy Legit. Songs of Love, Blood & Redemption also earned The Colonels opening slots on national tour stops for Jon Dee Graham, Pert' Near Sandstone, Austin Jenckes, Cody Beebe & The Crooks and a set at the 38th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival.
To paraphrase Steinbeck, the inhabitants of CoT's songs are "whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing.”