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Billie Dre & The Poor Boys tighten their Bourbon Belt and take a dip into surf with two new studio projects

click to enlarge Well-dressed Poor Boys. - MAL RYAN
  • Well-dressed Poor Boys.
  • Mal Ryan

Billie Dre & The Poor Boys, The Woods Brothers, Kawajabear The polished, three-track Bourbon Belt is the product of Billie Dre & The Poor Boys getting lucky. The salt-soaked, bluesy-country infused rock trio were getting pretty used to recording in their living rooms when the opportunity to get fancy and lay down an EP in the studio fell into their laps. "Without the limitations of recording at home, we explored a new sonic territory for the band. Recording at home is charming because it's less stressful, if you don't nail something you can say 'fuck it' and drink 10 beer instead," says the band's singer/guitar player William Dray. "Being in a real studio forces you to have more of a vision." It was so inspiring that they couldn't stay away. Soon after recording Bourbon Belt Dray and his bandmates, Dylan Ryan (formerly of The Grass) and the tuba-toting Corey Henderson, went back to the studio and cranked out their next release, an EP where rock and roll meets doom-surf. But you'll have to wait until summer for that one.

Friday May 4, Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, 9pm, $6


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