April 1, 2014

The High Rolling Loners are the lonesome heroes of today. Founded in the spring of 2005 by John Verruto as a Flying Burrito Brothers cover band, he soon landed Eric Boone on drums and Ryan Bartell on guitar/vocals, and was supported by a rotating cast of bassists. It quickly turned into an original band, with John and Ryan sharing songwriting duties. Eric named the band after mishearing a line from the song “Railroad Lady”, and before they knew what was happening the High Rolling Loners were born. 

On June 18, the latest fruits of that musical union will make their debut with the release of the band’s first full length disc, Match and Kerosene, and matching release show at the Soda Bar. Produced by Mark Neill (Dan Auerbach/Big Sandy & The Fly Rite Trio/Deke Dickerson etc) the albums twelve tracks range from the harmonica led twang and strum sing-a-long of “The Breakfast Song,” to the bluesy barroom tune, “I Really Want To Know” – Americana or perhaps roots rock by definition, but it’s just great music no matter how you look at it.

Within a year of their formation, the High Rolling Loners they had recorded a self-titled EP, and were nominated for two 2006 San Diego Music Awards; Best Country Band, and Best Country/Americana Album. After touring the West Coast in support of the album, the band finalized its roster with the addition of Matt Phillips on bass guitar. Soon they owned a Dodge Econoline, and in 2007 the band hit the road on a month long tour through the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and Rockies. All the while they kept writing songs, working on their chops, and playing with fireworks. 

Which brings us back to Match and Kerosene, an album with a particularly long gestation. It all goes back to 2007, when the High Rolling Loners befriended producer Neill, and they started conceptualizing a debut album together. Throughout the next year they recorded a bunch of songs onto 8-track. The project ran into a couple of logistical bumps, and was placed into a time capsule for some time while band members found themselves playing in other bands (Old Tiger, The Darrows). But the band kept on keepin’ on. And now, the High Rolling Loners debut LP record, Match and Kerosene is ready for the world to hear.

Leave a Reply