Started around a bottle of whiskey in the summer of 2007, Arkansas-based Cletus Got Shot has been growing and polishing their sound at hundreds of shows around the Midwest. With passionate songs ranging from slow burning emotional intensity to raging calls to action, Cletus Got Shot has been bridging the gap between folk protest songs and punk rock rebellion.
Cletus Got Shot is a three piece band consisting of Adam Cox on guitar, Nathan Miller on mandolin, and Mark Landry on the home-made gas tank bass. Each member sings, and Adam and Nathan wrote all of the album songs, and are occasionally known to cover a surprisingly varied selection of songs; including gospel, country, and classic union organizing songs.
The raw energy of Cletus Got Shot performing live is truly a sight to behold. This may look like bluegrass, but it sounds like nothing you've ever heard... yet. Their sound has been hard to determine, being described as "alternative mountain-country bluegrass", "alternative bluegrass", "punk-grass", "bluegrassabilly".
CGS just released their self-titled debut album February, 2009. Their influences vary from Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Tom Waits, Split Lip Rayfield, Ryan Adams, They Might Be Giants, Leadbelly, Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Punch Brothers, etc.
Band members are:
Adam Cox - guitar , vocals, Nathan Miller - mandolin, vocals, Mark Landry - upright gas tank bass, vocals, Richard Hartrick - fiddle, vocals