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At least two bands have used this name. In chronological order they are:

1) A 1980s punk band, associated with the Minneapolis, Minnesota hardcore scene.

2) Started in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1993, Red Meat released their debut CD in 1997 “Meet Red Meat” and have since become a much beloved honky tonk revival group known nationally as well as abroad.

Their music has been featured on several more self released albums, and the song “Broken Up and Blue” from their 2nd album “13” became their contribution to the soundtrack of the 2001 film Monster’s Ball which was played at the Oscars when Halle Berry accepted her Academy Award.

Their main founders were guitarist/vocalist Scott Young & vocalist Smelley Kelley, who brought in bassist/vocalist Jill Olson, all three grew up in Iowa and had relocated seperately to San Francisco.

Olson brought along with her guitarist Michael Montalto from ther old band The Movie Stars and other members include drummer Les James, and occasionally have included guitarist Max Butler.

Paying tribute to the sounds of Nashville’s yesteryear has earned them a devout live following in France and the US, and even seen them as the backing group for their heroes like rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson and Bakersfield legend Buck Owens.

Other albums include “Alameda County Line” (produced by Dave Alvin) and 2007’s “We Never Close” (also produced by Dave Alvin). In 2010, Red Meat released “Live at the World’s Smallest Honky Tonk”, recorded live at the Cinema Bar in Culver City, CA.

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