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Artists on Trial: St. Dallas & the Sinners

Every now and then, you just want to hear some raucous, boisterous rock ‘n roll. Though few bands can pull it off effectively and get a crowd on its feet, St. Dallas & the Sinners can. We talk with the group and find out more about the mark they’re making on the Kansas City music scene, their influences, and their belief that the Internet is a passing thing.
The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?

St. Dallas and the Sinners: Filthy Dirty Rock ’n Roll!
The Deli: What should we expect from a St. Dallas & the Sinners show?
St. Dallas: You can expect our live show to be a spectacle. There’s really no other word for it.
The Deli: Tell us about what you have coming up this year. What can we expect?
St. Dallas: I think for the near future we're really focused on introducing ourselves to the Kansas City scene and the region surrounding. We've also got a full-length out called Hail Mary that’s available on Spotify,  iTunes, or whatever else the kids are using nowadays. We're pushing through a bunch of new material at the same time. Not sure when we’ll lay that down though. We’re looking to bring our music and live show to as many people as we can (and party with them!).
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?

St. Dallas: It means supporting the community, and I'm not just talking about the music scene. Stop shopping at Wal-Mart, buy local. Kansas City has such an awesome palette of arts, music, food, and culture, there's no reason not to. There are always opportunities to get involved, and when you do, it opens your mind, and allows you to see and hear in a new way.
It also means getting off your ass and doing something. Learn an instrument, start a band, go to shows, buy band merch, help touring bands. I hate it when you go to a "hardcore" city or a "punk" town, where the only thing anyone wants to do is sit around and pontificate to each other about how the scene is "dead" or how so and so's band is just a bunch of posers. If you don't fit in their narrow idea of what "good music" is, you're completely ignored. The reason the scene died is because no one went to shows, and no one wanted to do the work to keep the scene alive. For any "scene" to thrive there needs to be diversity, people need to be encouraged and businesses need to be supported. I don't know about you, but I don't want to eat the same regurgitated shit every day. Luckily for us and everyone else in KC, we don't have that. We have a great community of open-minded people who are willing to step up and support each other.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?

St. Dallas: A.J. Gaither, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Rumblejetts.
The Deli: Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?
St. Dallas: AC/DC, Ernie Locke, Jim Jones Revue, Legendary Shack Shakers.
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?

St. Dallas: St. Dallas & the Sinners, AC/DC, Chuck Berry, and Iggy Pop.
The Deli: Would you rather spend the rest of your life on stage or in the recording studio?
St. Dallas: That’s a loud unanimous STAGE from all of us.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why?
St. Dallas: Chuck Berry, Angus Young, Howlin' Wolf, Hank Williams Sr... cuz they dont give a fuck!!!
The Deli: All right, give us the rundown. Where all on this big crazy web can you be found?
St. Dallas: All over. We’re balls deep. Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp. I hear the Internet is just a fad though.
The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?

St. Dallas: 1,4,5…KEEP IT ALIVE!
St. Dallas & the Sinners are:
St. Dallas – harps, vocals
Manila – guitfiddle, vocals
Rabbit – bass
Nick – drums/percussion
The guys will be bringing their brand of filthy, dirty rock ‘n roll to The Brick on Saturday, June 15. They’ll be playing with Jason and the Punknecks from Nashville at 10:00. Show up for what’s sure to be a rowdy, exciting evening.
--Michelle Bacon

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