Shuffles Aces: Musket – All The Same

musketI can’t recall how I first stumbled across the stomp rock of Musket, but from the first moment I heard them I was hooked. This is a great party/pub band that features a bunch of guys who are obviously having a great time doing what they do! Thinking about it, it was probably the Slackstring connection – Eric Lyman and Matt Muir are both Slackstringers – a band that I’d known about, as well as their connection to the surf rock scene, made even more relevant by the inclusion in the group of former pro tour surfer and big wave ace Brad Gerlach.

As their record label website says, their “music is designed to captivate the audience through its fist-pumping sing-a-longs, infectious hooks, booze-drenched attitude, women, debauchery, angst, style, energy, swagger & grit.” Amen! The band consists of Eric Lyman (Slackstring, AWOL), Brad Gerlach (Skinwalker, The Intrepid Shadows), Davey Latter (Everest, The Black Pacific, Great Northern, Earlimart, Slydel, Too Rude, Standford Prison Experiment) and Matt Muir (Slackstring, AWOL). It’s pretty hard to find too much information on them, and there are only two YouTube clips of them – which is a travesty.

The first album, Draw Ramrods, was released in 2009 and is the one that really grabbed me. It’s increasingly hard to find, but their second album, Random Abandon, can be found on Spotify. Hopefully they will be doing more in future.

The videos are of songs from the first album that, as I mentioned, is well worth hunting down if you can find it!

And because there’s only two videos of the guys on YouTube, you might as well check out the other one!

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You can find all the Shuffle Ace tracks on a Spotify playlist here. And because I couldn’t include much of their material in the post I’ve added another of my favourites – Scotty – onto the Spotify playlist.

Shuffle Aces is a series of posts that highlights a song of the week that “shuffling” has brought forth. With all the streaming services it’s not just an iPod on shuffle mode that we use to discover new stuff, but the principle remains the same: hit play and wait to see what gems come forth.



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