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X-Fest rockers look to crank it up on the Loud and Local Stage

Aug. 24, 2009 @ 11:20 PM

Eastern Kentucky's known around the globe for birthing the best of country music artists from Dwight Yoakam and The Judds to Ricky Skaggs and Loretta Lynn.

But Stitch Rivet grew up drinking from a different well.

The band, which played Poage Landing Days in 2007, and X-Fest in 2008, will be back on the Loud and Local Stage on Saturday, Sept. 12, as one of the featured acts again at X-Fest.

Here's a closer look at the band (Gene Booth, vocals; Chad Hurlburt, guitar; Nathan Lewis, drums, Kevin Allen, bass) that's drawn the attention of Kentucky Headhunters guitarist, Richard Young, who is producing the band's CD.

Go online at www.myspace.com/stitchrivet or go online at www.x1063.com to find out more about X-Fest.

Where did the name Stitch Rivet come from?

NATHAN: We were trying to come up with a cool name and we had been throwing several names around. One of us picked up a dictionary or something. Chad has a big library in his house. I opened up a dictionary and it came to that word stitch rivet that means unity.

GENE: We had a show at a place called Cadillac Ranch and the owner called and asked if we wanted to play. We told him that we would love to play, but we don't have a band name. Nathan picked up the dictionary and it just landed on that page. We liked the definition of it so we just stuck with it.

What are your musical influences?

CHAD: I wanted to learn to play guitar when I first heard Randy Rhoads. An album a friend gave me was a tribute to Ozzy Osbourne. From the moment I heard that guitar section I decided then and there that I wanted to play.

JOHN: Hey, that's me too brother. Randy Rhoads all the way.

KEVIN: Yeah, I would say a lot of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, the Doors, James Taylor. And then later a lot of Incubus and Breaking Benjamin.

GENE: When I was growing up my mom listened to a lot of Bob Seger. But then when you get into high school and start discovering these bands that have been around for 20 years you also start listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica, you think how awesome and then just set in your bedroom and listen and try to sing. There are just a lot of influences. Anywhere from Stevie Ray Vaughn, I love him and CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival) big time.

JOHN: For me Pantera was a big influence.

GENE: Alice in Chains, Sound Garden, STP, Nine Inch Nails

NATHAN: Zeppelin.

KEVIN: There aren't too many that we don't like.

You have opened for a lot of national acts. Who has been your favorite to work with?

KEVIN: Mine would probably still be Drowning Pool.

GENE: Yeah, Drowning Pool was awesome.

KEVIN: But tonight Red will probably be my favorite. I hear they put on a great show.

GENE: Pop Evil was awesome. They were really cool. They treated us with respect. Stereoside.

NATHAN: Yeah, Pop Evil was great.

GENE: You can call them. They give you their number. They pick up and talk to us. Sometimes they call us to see what's going on. So that's pretty neat.

What is your most memorable show to date?

NATHAN: I think my most memorable show was playing here at the V-Club with Pop Evil. That was a great time.

JOHN: Probably the other night in Hitchens.

NATHAN: I think your most memorable was when you played with Pantera.

JOHN: I wish I had played with Pantera. But really it would be the biggest bluegrass show in the United States. It was my second show out. I did terrible but it was a good experience.

You have X-Fest coming up which is a big deal for Clear Channel stations. How does this show differ from other shows through the year?

NATHAN: Well, this show we have Shinedown, Chevelle, Tantric. It's an honor be able to play with them. We work a lot harder on those shows. We go big. We sell tickets and T-shirts. We charter buses to get our die hard fans there. We do extra special things for our fans to get them to these shows.

JOHN: Yeah, we really appreciate them.

Rocking With The X:

Here's a look at the upcoming X-Fest

WHAT: The 13th annual X-Fest featuring 12 bands on two stages. Bands include: Shinedown, Tantric, Bobaflex, Chevelle, Adelita's Way and Since October on the main stage. On the Loud and Local Stage: Hydrogyn, Stitch Rivet, Split Nixon, Blue Sky Falling, Voices of Anatole and Let The Guilty Hang.

WHERE:Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington

WHEN: Gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $35 or $45 at the gate for general admission. All VIP tickets are sold out.

GET TIX: Go online at www.bigsandyarena.com, stop by the arena box office, or go online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

ON THE WEB: Go online at www.x1063.com.

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