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Kentucky country-rock duo brings show back to area

Jul. 09, 2009 @ 10:30 PM

Jamon Scott calls the music of The Toluenes, music of the southwest made in the southeast.

The East Tennessee-based duo of Scott and Dan Crawley, comes back home to Kentucky bringing its own brand of road-tested country rock.

The duo, which is playing Charleston's Empty Glass tonight, will be performing at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park's amphitheater at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11.

Tickets are $5.

Both originally from Albany, Ky., the singers and songwriters didn't even like each other in high school, but music brought them together. Since 2003, they've been blazing their own country rock trail on two CDs, including "Four Chords and A Pack of Lies," and their latest, "Off the Wagon and On the Lam."

Scott said the CDs have been concept records inspired by his time living in the desert southwest. They follow the adventures of Sancho, a fictional alter-ego of sorts for Scott that's bound to a life of good times, drama and sometimes trouble as heard in such songs as "Drunk and Naked," "No Mas De Tequila" and "El Diablo."

Although Scott and Crawley, who used to have a publishing deal in Nashville, are both songwriters, Scott said they really don't write together.

"I describe our relationship not as much like best friends but more like brothers," Scott said. "There's that competitive thing which carries over to the music and that carries over to the songwriting. We're both trying to write a better song. We'll write a batch, throw them in a pile and pull out the best 10 or 12 songs."

Although the band (named after the substance that makes up TNT) has toured all over the U.S., it may be best known recently for the TV pilot, "Bottle Rockets," which has won a slew of awards at indie film festivals including a first place at the Las Vegas International Film Festival this year.

Scott said the TV sitcom, which he likens to the humor of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is about four quirky friends in Nashville trying to break into entertainment.

"We're going to shoot some five-minute Web-episodes and we're excited about it right now," Scott said. "We weren't sure what it was going to be when we got done, but everyone likes it, and we're crossing our fingers now."

To hear The Toluenes music, go online at www.myspace.com/thetoluenes.

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