The Earps music ranges from good time crap-kickin' rock anthems to Bakersfield honky tonk, with traces of southern rock, and rockabilly. The band was named after sibling gunfighters made famous in the Arizona Territory, circa 1880s. The Earps were formed in Seattle when singer-guitarist HotWheels McGregor met drummer Marvelous Matt Maverick after leaving Seattle via Austin-based rock band Shinola. After relocating to Phoenix, they were joined by an Oklahoma native nicknamed Ump who gives The Earps their signature heavy metal twang from his hot-rodded Telecaster. Holding down the low end is Kentucky-bred Buckshot George who also doubles the four-string duty for The Jeff Dahl Band.
The Earps have a local Arizona following, a regional Southwest touring circuit and have played with Nashville Pussy, Gilby Clarke, Honky and Bang Tango. The band also performed at Desert Trash Blast and Scottsdale Ultimate Block Party in 2006. Their
highly entertaining live show falls somewhere between Vaudeville, glam rock or an R-Rated episode of Hee Haw. The music of The Earps will appeal to fans of The Georgia Satellites, Nine Pound Hammer, Jason & The Scorchers, Dwight Yoakam and mid-1980s metal.
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