Lead by playfully angry and charismatic front man, Ryan Malott, 500 Miles To Memphis will be out in all their grit and glory February 26th at Newport, Kentucky’s historic Southgate House and February 27th at Buster’s in Lexington, Kentucky, celebrating (with orchestration) the release of their third full-length album, “We’ve Built Up to NOTHING”, formally releasing on Valentine’s Day.
Previously, the band has received international praise for their ability to satisfy the musical hunger of fans in both country and alternative/punk genres. Right out of the gate, fans will hear dramatic differences from the previous album “Sunshine in a Shot Glass”. 500 Miles To Memphis has re-invented themselves without compromising the blood, sweat, and tears from previous releases, creating an album that’s nothing short of riveting. “We’ve Built Up to NOTHING” has cut after cut of instantly memorable hooks, screaming guitars, Beatles-inspired harmonies, and even a full orchestra. Produced by platinum award-winning producer, Erwin Musper (Scorpions, Van Halen, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Mick Jagger,...), the new cd is being shopped to major record labels, both in the US and internationally... as well as to film/television studios worldwide.
Their previous release, "Sunshine In A Shotglass" (DER-464) on the Deep Elm indie label also produced by Erwin Musper, has already yielded 500 Miles To Memphis tremendous success for the use of their songs in television, from placements on MTV's Nitro Circus and American Movie Classics (AMC) to being featured in countless YouTube "extreme sports" videos by athletes such as Travis Pastrana. Their song "All My Friends Are Crazy" is now part of the Rock Band video game. 500 Miles To Memphis has also received the praise of music journalists worldwide.
Named after the distance from the band's hometown of Cincinnati to Graceland, 500 Miles To Memphis have been reviewed internationally as: "rowdy, insanely catchy”, “heartbreaking”, “inspiring”, and “whiskey-soaked in bittersweet lament”, but don’t be fooled, this is definitely not an alcohol-fueled pity party. Slather on an infectious melody, some bright, brash guitars and a touch of bluegrass fiddle and suddenly tracks about cocaine-addicted friends and coma victims praying for sweet death ring out like the perfect, invigorating remedy for the honky-tonk blues. This band is comfortable in almost any setting, largely because their music--a mix of scrappy country and scorching Rock & Roll--has a magnetic, wide appeal. The Hot Topic kids get juiced on the band's adrenalized live shows, while fans of Classic Country appreciate their true, heartfelt take on vintage C&W. -- Mike Breen, City Beat