(Wednesday) 9:00 pm
Iron Horse Pub
615 8th Street Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
In a time when many artists are striving to find their identity, Erick Willis is slowly leaving his mark on the scene, with a personality that is true and not just a stage persona. Taking cues from the music he was raised on Erick is blending soulful melodic lyrics, with the deep groove of roots-rock and as his lyric says, “with some of the harder stuff.” Showcasing a smooth voice with an excellent upper register, uniquely gravely at times, and always pleasant to the ear, Erick is bringing lots of soul to the mix, along with undeniably Texas inspired lyrics.
Getting his start at an early age, Erick has been no stranger to performing. Growing up in Henrietta, Erick spent countless sundays in church with his grandmother learning to love the craft of singing through the choir and holiday cantana specials Erick found his passion for music. Whether it was singing in the choir, traveling to perform in the Texasville Opry, Johhn High’s Country Music show, the Texas Gold Country Music Show, or simply talent shows, Erick never lost that drive. One might say Erick was born to perform and entertain and they would be right.
Blaine Gillespie began his music career playing high school talent shows. Along with Peewee Cochran, a veteran bass player and owner of Rabid Lizard Studio, they formed Blaine Gillespie & Shot Full of Holes with two of Blaine’s high school friends. The band had some success with two radio singles and an EP release. When the friends left to pursue other interests, Blaine & Peewee brought in Tony Ramos to play rhythm guitar and Dustin Duncan came aboard to play drums. The group began writing songs and finished their first album to be released in May 2013. Bobby Eason come on board to play guitar, replacing Tony Ramos, in 2014. Bobby’s style and tone meshed perfectly with Blaine, allowing them to play harmony leads and take it to another level.
The band’s special brand of Texas Country and rock & roll is really striking a chord with audiences and they are quickly growing a devoted fanbase in North Central Texas and Oklahoma.
Iron Horse Pub615 8th Street Wichita Falls, Texas 76301