Roy Schmeck & the Schmeck-Tones
Santa Barbara Independent- Sound description: These days, there is no more bizarrely invigorating experience in Santa Barbara than stumbling into Cold Spring Tavern on a lazy Friday night to find Roy Schmeck and the Schmeck-Tones rocking the rickety stage. Dressed in garb that's a mix between Grand Ole Opry duds and honky-tonk, biker-bar scrubs, Roy and his Schmeck-Tones-namely Eddie Eagle Feather, Arnie Tucker, Lyle B. Hogg, Molly McCoy, and Kitty Bachs-throw quite the bluegrass-meets-country rock hoedown. Best of all, they tend to perform in front of a screen with pictures of the band touring the world, hanging with celebrities, and being in the right historical places at the perfect times. "I'm an ageless legend," explained Roy, whose alter ego Mark, a house painter by day, admitted, "It's all fiction, man." He created the legend of Roy after buying a Roy Smeck guitar in 1989, and then started casting Roy Schmeck in home movies, long before the music even started. Visual spectacles and make-believe mojo aside, the Schmeck-Tones have been churning out a steady stream of original tunes for the past three years, and plan to release a CD in the next couple months. Why are so many people buying into the Schmeck-Tones' shtick? "I think it's just happy music," said Roy. "Once people see us, they know we're about having fun. The band has fun, too." -Matt Kettmann About: Variety of Original Tunes (Rock, Country, Americana, Blue-Grass), Unique Visuals, Fun Upbeat Energy, packaged in this One-Of-A-Kind Band... Roy Schmeck has been described in a recent article as "a world-class country music rock star" playing original tunes of "bluegrass-meets-country rock hoedown" Thursday, November 13, 2008 By Indy Staff Very few Santa Barbarans realize that there is a world-class country music rock star in our midst. His name is Roy Schmeck, and with his lovely Schmeck-Tones, he's currently releasing this self-titled debut CD, a honky-tonk romp that includes such catchy ditties as "Easy Love," "Girl from Mountain Drive," and "Johnny Auto." See the guys do their thing-and premiere some home videos of Roy cavorting around the country with other superstars-when they play this Sunday, November 16, at Cold Spring Tavern (5995 Stagecoach Rd.). For more information, or a sampling of tunes, visit myspace.com/royschmeck.