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The Lifters



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THE LIFTERS are TOMMY MACK (vox/guitar) BILLY CHAINSAW (bass/vox) LANCE FARLEY (drums) ROB BENTLEY (Guitar). Together they have crafted a sound that has been called “Rock, Punk, Country and Texas all in one ” but, THE LIFTERS are a hard one to peg. With obvious rock, country and americana influences they successfully blend the three seamlessly and are still able to stick to the essential ingredients for all genres …songs about girls, cars, guns, Texas and …hotel rooms?!.

THE LIFTERS started out in 2001 and have since released three CD’s, two on Austin label Killingbird records and the latest “Rolas Para Gringos” on TOMMYPLANET RECORDS . THE LIFTERS released their second CD “Texas Trash” in 2005 to positive reviews in the USA and abroad. The single “She’s A Devil” was in heavy rotation in Brazil, Argentina and the UK prompting plans for a future tours. Included on the new CD are two country standards ‘Make Believe’ by Conway Twitty and “Mama Tried’ by Merle Haggard. Both songs have a refreshing rock edge that is synonymous with the bands ‘Big Texas Sound’. Mama Tried was actually played (once!) on Austin’s biggest hardcore country radio station KVET much to the delight of the band and the dismay of the regular KVET audience.

In 2011 they released their third CD “Rolas Para Gringos” on the newly formed Tommyplanet Records label in september 2011. Having adopted the new moniker “Tommy Mack And The Lifters” due to the constant rotation of band members has led to speculation that the sound had shifted away from the original format showcased on the first two CD’s “Engine Music” and “Texas Trash”.

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  • tommyplanet

    "Combining the sneering no-futurism of Social Distortion with the balls-out Southern rock affectations of Black Oak Arkansas ain't blazing new trails, but Austin's Lifters manage to make the formula come alive in all its skyward-fisted glory. The quartet pays homage to classic country with a cowpunk cover of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," but they head straight for the garage to celebrate the alluringly dangerous mythos of Roller Derby culture on "Roller Queen." ***: -Austin Chronicle 9-16-05-

    26 May 2010 Reply