The SCENE Magazine is proud to announce that Mama Tried, the soon-to-be famous pioneers of Texas Thrash Grass will be participating in the Texas Indie Music Showdown at SCENEfest. Mama Tried has won over audiences large and small with an intense brand of fast sing along southern country tunes with punk rock roots playing bluegrass instruments. Mama Tried is influenced by folk singers, hippies, hill billys, punks and poets and will be releasing their second album of original tunes very soon. They are true outlaws who get rowdy with their fans.
MAMA TRIED…And Succeeded.
By Rhonda Meredith (December 2011)
The Texas Hippie Connection crowd went to “standing room only” status in an instant when they heard Mama Tried strike their first chord. The show was about to start and no one was going to be where they couldn’t see the band perform.
Mama Tried was “born” two years ago.300
“I got tired of lugging around amps and equipment, so the idea of Mama Tried started as being able to play without having to plug any instruments in and still have a full sound,” says Ryan Beard, one of Mama Tried’s guitarists and its lead vocalist. “We have had a few changes in the line-up and additions to make up what it is today.”
Mama Tried is a unique band that sounds like “fast, catchy, good ole beer drinking music with some gospel sounds.” Yes, you can re-read that if you have to. The sentence had “beer drinking music” and “gospel sounds” in the same word breath and it is okay. Mama Tried will bring you to a “thrash grass” revival that may just leave you needing to confess a few things after the show. They are that good. The band says they are influenced by folk singers, hippies, hillbillies, punks, and poets.
Joining Beard on stage are: Blake Plsek (Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals), Shawn Tried (Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals), Jason White (Dobro, Guitar, Vocals), Hunter Baughman (Space Bass, Vocals), and Steven Redman (Drums, Vocals).
The different instruments like the dobro, banjo, mandolin, and space bass enhance and contribute to the low vocals, guitar and drums to create the signature Mama Tried sound. “There are six of us in the band,” states Beard. “If one of us is missing, then it isn’t Mama Tried.”
The band name is an ode to one who passed before them. “Mama Tried is a name that one of our buddies who died suddenly came up with… So, it’s kind of in his honor.”
Their first studio produced album “The Long Road to God’s Country” debuted in early 2011. Mama Tried performs original tunes mostly, but will throw in a cover now and then. Beard says the plan for 2012 is to “record again in February and then make moves around Texas and beyond…”