lead vocals + guitar
bass, backing vocals
The Shootouts mix supple Western swing with brash barroom country to A-plus results. Chuck Mead, a torchbearer for such vintage sounds, produced the group’s upcoming album Bullseye — it’s a match made in honky-tonk heaven.
Rolling Stone Country
The Shootouts effectively straddle the line between being a uniquely sounding outfit yet feeling as comfortable as an old friend from the first moment you hear them. (Bullseye is) everything Quick Draw promised and more.
If you want something done right, you go to the experts. So if you want some vintage honky-tonk, you go to The Shootouts.
The Shootouts are Ohio’s preeminent throwback honky-tonk band, and they’ve just released their latest album Bullseye produced by Chuck Mead. (It) illustrates the band’s ability to work within classic country themes yet still feel fresh and relevant to today... The Shootouts and "Bullseye" are fire.
Saving Country Music
Bullseye is a collection of top-notch, modern honky-tonk music that is rooted not only in great tradition, but in the here and now. Great songs. Great picking. Great singing. Bullseye gives it all to you. What more can you ask for?
(The Shootouts) pull from many different threads and construct a beautiful garment.
As with the previous debut release, (Bullseye) is a cracking example of honky tonk which balances the sound of the traditional retro country, revitalized for the needs of today. This is a rewarding album on a number of fronts.
The twang meter is pegged through most of the record. I think that’s a damn fine thing. If you’re looking for some inspiration to go find the nearest honky-tonk, look no further than "Bullseye."
The Shootouts project a sincere and energetic approach to their music...the twangy guitar, marching snare and sing along choruses will lasso you into their infectious sound.
Fine musicians who not only play well but also possess an impeccable understanding for the feel of what they are playing. This is an excellent mix of pure honky-tonk country delightfully seasoned with boundary pushing forays into Western Swing, rockabilly, ballads and that difficult to imitate Bakersfield sound. (Bullseye) will be in my Pick of 2021 list for sure and I dare say I won’t be the only one.
Country Music People UK
Bullseye is a fully realised and seriously executed work... Full of playful rhymes and winsome melodies… Every song sounds like a standard…. the collection will have trad-country music lovers smiling from ear-to-ear.
The 12 songs on 'Bullseye' highlight The Shootout’s intentional resurgence of traditional honky-tonk music, veering away from the more widespread country-pop that has defined the genre. That effort has made the band stand out from the get-go, and continues to make The Shootouts a must-see act in Northeast Ohio.
Heartbreak, whiskey (as always!), regret, break-ups, the blues and missed opportunity all get the royal treatment with a vibrant medley of country and honky tonk. For the listeners though, there are no misses here. The name says it all – it hits all the right spots with fervour.
Listening Through The Lens
The Shootouts are the kind of band that I love to hear. One with such an original sound and, yet, so well anchored in the history of country music that they still manage to stand out among their peers in all realms of what is called 'country' today...run, don’t walk to your favorite place to get music and buy yourself a copy of Bullseye. You won’t be disappointed.
A band who effectively blend the retro ideas of Nashville with the energy of Texas swing and the grit of Bakersfield, The Shootouts are equal parts traditional country and modern day friskiness on this intoxicating second record.
The Shootouts approach their music with discipline and playfulness, a winning combination. Though they’ve turned to the past to shape their future, (they) use that lens to perform a true feat of wizardry: dissolving the distance between ourselves and our forebears.
Getting Western swing and Bakersfield twang mixed together properly takes dedication, musicianship, and spark. The Shootouts do it right. Tight harmonies with tight guitar and steel all on the same record? Count me in, folks.
Blending influences from Nashville’s RCA Studio A, through Tulsa and Bakersfield — and all points between — the Shootouts create their own authentic classic country sound. If the good Lord's willin' and the creeks don’t rise, music fans will get to experience these Akron, Ohio natives.
Greg Harris, CEO
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This album captivated me from start to finish: the musicianship, the songs, the delivery, the sweet harmonies, the production ... If real country music floats your boat then prepare to sail far away with this one; it’s more than good, it’s a delight.
Country Music People UK
This album is a full listening experience. The band gives you pensive ballads, foot stompers, dance tunes, love, and heartache. If you’re a fan of true country music, this is an album you’ll want to add to your collection.
The bottom line is that there’s not a bad song on this album. This is all meat and no filler.
The band’s musicianship is exquisite. Yes, Quick Draw is like nothing else that’s in your music library. And because of that it’s likely to be appreciated and revered for a long time to come.
Cleveland Country Magazine
Are you looking for something less “bro” and more country!?
If so, then The Shootouts are the band for you. Check ‘em out!
We were attracted to the project by the earnest songwriting and strong musicianship. The Shootouts are a hard-working and passionate band, and together we created an album to be proud of.
& Luca Benedetti
The Shootouts cleverly draw bits and pieces from lots of classic genres to make what becomes their very own swaggering style ... this album is totally refreshing.
The Rocking Magpie
There are some bona fide standout songs on (Quick Draw). Fine original tunes flesh out this nice mix of both twang and teardrops.
A treat for those who love the traditional sounds of country music.
The Shootouts are a highly-entertaining live band who move comfortably between traditional country sounds.
A Shot of Honky Tonk
The Shootouts’ debut album Quick Draw is the ultimate throwback to the age of honky-tonk in America. Every detail -- from the lyrics to the vocals to the instruments to the album cover art -- hearkens back to the good old days of classic country music.
Exhilarating energy and spot-on harmonies from the truest incarnation of honky-tonk and authentic country and western we have in Ohio today. The Shootouts are a group of musicians who play very well to the traditions of roots music while having a ton of fun in the process, not to mention a live act that is not to be missed.
Chad A. Miller;
WAPS The Summit
The Shootouts didn’t expect to be back in the studio so soon after the release of their Top 10 Americana album Bullseye. But when one of country music’s most legendary artists agrees to produce your next record, you don’t say no.
That’s what happened when a mutual friend introduced the band to Ray Benson – longtime frontman and 10-time Grammy-winning founder of Asleep at the Wheel. Just months after the April 2021 release of Bullseye, the Shootouts found themselves hard at work with Benson and co-producer Sam Seifert on the album that would become Stampede.
While it may have come together quickly, the sessions resulted in the group’s strongest album yet.
Stampede is steeped in all things country music – an energetic fusion of Americana, honky tonk and Western swing that Shootouts fans often refer to as “country music for people who don’t like country.”
The Shootouts’ sound is reflective of their Northeast Ohio “Rustbelt” roots. Akron, Ohio – the city that produced the Pretenders, the Black Keys, and Devo – isn’t a place normally associated with country music, but these influences are as integral to their sound as those of the country music greats. The bulk of Stampede was recorded at Son of Moondog Studios over a five-day period that brought Benson, Seifert and Asleep at the Wheel to Northeast Ohio to work with the Shootouts on the band’s home turf.
Stampede also finds the Shootouts working with a notable array of Americana heavy-hitters. There’s the high-speed opening kiss-off “Better Things to Do,” which features Marty Stuart’s unmistakable bluegrass-tinged mandolin. Benson and members of Asleep at the Wheel get in on the fun with the western swing-rooted “One Step Forward.” Raul Malo of The Mavericks lends soaring harmony vocals to “I’ll Never Need Anyone More,” a song written by Cleveland music legend Michael Stanley, who passed away in 2021. Country hit songwriter Jim Lauderdale joins the Shootouts on the Bakersfield-esque “Tomorrow’s Knockin’” while famed guitarist, singer-songwriter, and producer Buddy Miller sings with the band on the California-country-rock number “Anywhere But Here.”
Other standout tracks include the infectious Dave Edmunds-inspired “Run for Cover,” and the barn-burning instrumental title track, which showcases the band’s gifted lead guitarist Brian Poston and Asleep at the Wheel’s Dennis Ludiker.
Since the release of their 2019 debut album Quick Draw, the Shootouts have been busy. Even a pandemic hasn’t slowed them down – Stampede will be their third album in five years. They’ve also toured heavily, performing their notoriously energetic live shows with not only Asleep at the Wheel, but a wide range of artists including Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Isaak, Charley Crockett, Dale Watson, Lake Street Dive, and more.
The band’s 2021 album Bullseye, produced by Grammy-nominee and BR549 founder Chuck Mead, has been praised by a range of outlets including Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, Saving Country Music, The Boot, and The Bluegrass Situation. Bullseye spent over 18 weeks on the Americana Music Association Top 30 album chart – including three weeks in the Top 10 (No. 6).
The album also reached No. 1 on The Alt-Country Specialty Chart, No. 1 on The Roots Music Report Country Albums, No. 1 On The Roots Music Report Americana Albums, No. 42 On The Americana Music Association Most Played Albums of 2021, and was named by the Country Mile UK as one of its Top Five Albums Of 2021. The album was also featured on Spotify’s Pulse of Americana playlist and in rotation on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel.
More recently, the band has been nominated for “Best Honky Tonk Group” at the 2023 Ameripolitan Music Awards – a nomination the band was also honored with in 2020.
The Shootouts are lead singer and guitarist Ryan Humbert, vocalist Emily Bates, lead guitarist Brian Poston, and bassist Kevin McManus. For Stampede They are also joined by “Shootouts extended family members” Dylan Gomez on drums, Ryan McDermott on bass, and longtime mentor and collaborator Al Moss on guitar.
Stampede will be released Feb. 24, 2023 on Soundly Music.
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