Exposé Online banner

Shotgun — Dallasian Rock
(Shroomangel SR-CD003, 1976/2014, LP / CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-04-26

Dallasian Rock Cover artBack in the early to mid-1970s, before the dance, punk and new wave sounds completely overtook the music industry, there was plenty of room for straight-up rock and roll bands that presented a hard-edged no-frills combination of catchy tunes, boogie rhythms, and guitar flash fronted by unmistakable voices. Some, like Grand Funk, Bloodrock and JoJo Gunne were already well established, while others like Black Oak Arkansas and REO Speedwagon were up and coming. Every locale in the country had their own bands to match the national acts, and Dallas / Fort Worth was no exception: Shotgun were local stars, with an abundance of great material, a charismatic frontman in singer Billy Metcalf, and solid backing by drummer Guy Houston, bassist Hugh Coleman, keyboard player Russ Skarsten, and John Michael Soria on lead guitar. The band had a solid three year run from the beginning of ’74 until new-years ’77 when they played their final gig; some time prior to this in early ’76 the band recorded a full length eleven song LP Dallasian Rock that was never released, perhaps just a little too late for a new band brandishing this style of rock in the face of a changing musical scene. For whatever reasons, this fine album sat on the shelf for 38 years until re-discovered by Rich Patz of Shroomangel records, who has an uncanny ability to sniff out such archival gems. So here we have it finally, almost four decades after it was recorded, remastered and sounding better than ever, in glorious virgin vinyl, or CD – the latter featuring seven demo cuts from 1974, plus four bonus live tracks from ’76 that illustrate the amazing power this band wielded in their day.

Filed under: Archives, 2014 releases, 1976 recordings

Related artist(s): Shotgun

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Peter Garland - String Quartets – Exuberant, bright and energetic, these two string quartets performed by Apartment House ( a traditional line-up of two violins, viola and cello) manage to cover a few centuries’ worth of style while...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues