Flyer Profile: Stiff Necked Fools

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Shreveport, LA band Stiff Necked Fools are coming to George’s on Friday, June 24.

Staff note:
Have you guys ever heard much bayou reggae?

If not, and if you like the sound of it, you might be happy to know that Louisiana reggae band Stiff Necked Fools are doing a little home-and-home show-swap with Fayetteville band 1 Oz. Jig, and both bands will be at George’s on Friday, June 24.

Jeff Kearney from 1 Oz. Jig sent us a Q&A he conducted with his friends in Stiff Necked Fools, so you guys can get to know them a little better before the show Friday night.

Here’s what they had to say.

Jeff Kearney: How would you describe your sound / instrumentation to some one who has never heard you before?
Stiff Necked Fools: If you imagine a modern style of reggae, like Slightly Stoopid or Rebelution, combined with the soul and powerful style of New Orleans influenced horn playing, then that will give you a good idea of what we might look and sound like. However, nothing can prepare you for the Bayou Reggae!

Jeff Kearney: Just for the record, are you guys Vegan or do you like bacon cheeseburgers? If Bacon cheeseburgers do you biggee size it?
SNF: We are definitely NOT vegan. We go tear up an In-N-Out Burger after a show. But rather than biggie size it, we just like to get a massive amount of those nice little tiny burgers.

Jeff Kearney: If you were a Bob Marley tune which would you…oh wait.. thats ah.. How did your name come about?
SNF: Well, when we first started off as a Reggae band, we played various covers of popular Reggae tunes that we liked. Dan Sanchez, the founder of Stiff Necked Fools, really liked the song, Stiff Necked Fools by Bob Marley. So we started playing it and eventually decided that it would be a great name for the group.

Jeff Kearney: The gretest show in the world is coming up at George’s majestic lounge on june 24th. Tell us a little about that, and how it came to be.
SNF: Yes indeed! Friday June 24th is when we will be detonating George’s Majestic with The 1 oz. Jig! Our trumpet player, Ryan Viser, has a lot of friends in Fayetteville and hangs out up there a lot and had been digging the sounds of those guys for a while. So when we decided we really wanted to come up and rock it for the fine people of Fayetteville, doing a show w. The 1 Oz. Jig seemed like a great fit. So Ryan reached out to you (Jeff Kearney, Guitarist/Vocals for The Jig) you also thought it was a good idea and now this thing is going down!

Jeff Kearney: You just released a new album “Too Much Rain”. Where besides the aforementioned show can people get their hands on it.
SNF: Too Much Rain has just hit iTunes and should be showing up in other online stores soon if not already. To order a physical copy, for now just hit us up on Facebook or send any one of us a message and we can get you hooked up.

Jeff Kearney: What is the weirdest thing to happen to you at a show.
SNF: Well, last night a lady was affixing post it notes to the groins of our horn players that said “excellent horn section”, haha. We’re just now starting to get out on the road so we don’t really have any crazy stories yet, except for this one wild night with Axle Rose.

Jeff Kearney: What is your favorite Anthony Weiner joke?
SNF: Who is Anthony Weiner? Is that Charlie Sheen’s brother?

Jeff Kearney: What has been your greatest accomplishment musically?
SNF: At this point I think we’d all agree that the release of this album and everything it stands for has been our biggest milestone. We’ve been a lot of places and rocked a lot of crowds and had some really amazing nights but I don’t think any of those are quite as special to us as getting this CD done and out there for everyone to check out and listen to.

Jeff Kearney: Do you play covers or originals. If originals: Who is the songwriter and what is their muse?
SNF: We play a few covers here and there but most of our show we are jamming out our original music. Our songwriter situation is kinda crazy. We actually have three different songwriters in the band (John Hoffman, John Bundrick, and Ryan Viser). And it works out really well because those three guys bring completely different styles of writing to the table so our music varies a lot from song to song. So far, all our originals have either been written by one of those individuals or is a collaboration between them.

Jeff Kearney: Do you guys need a place to crash after the show?
SNF: At the moment, it looks like we’ve got it covered.

Click below to hear Bayou Reggae, by Stiff Necked Fools