Psyko Steve Presents



Thu, August 21, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10 - $12

This event is 21 and over

"The first time I heard our very first record right off the mixing board I thought it was the best thing to ever happen to the planet. Boy did I have a lot to learn." If you have ever met BART CROW then you would find these words to be a perfect reflection of his very humble sense of humor. In fact, it is hard to decide which side of BART CROW is the most entertaining, his music side or his self deprecating comedic side, which garners as much belly laughs as his music garners rave reviews and major radio airplay. Born and raised along the outreaches of Dallas in Maypearl, Texas, Crow grew up like millions of us...passionately in love with music. And also like million of us Crow bounced around his adolescent world like a racket ball, quick and rough and in many different directions. FINALLY (pun intended) after graduating high school, his "inner parent" stepped up, sent his "inner child" to a time-out, and enlisted him in the US Army for a three-year active duty tour. In a situation very similar to the late/great Johnny Cash, Crow found himself with a lot of down time during his peace time military stay, which led him to hours of self taught guitar lessons and pages of a newly written music journal. It's tough to say whether it was the high a songwriter gets when the music starts to come, or "being in a 63 ton armored vehicle that only God could stop" that gave him the courage it would take to launch his music career. But in 2005 he did exactly that with his debut record release FINALLY, which made a profound impression on the industry, generating a firm expectation that the BART CROW BAND is destined to be one of the greats in Texas music.

Selling thousands of copies, taking rank as the best selling record on for 5 straight months and recently nominated for Album of the Year at the My Texas Music Awards, FINALLY has laid a long steady road towards stardom and it was "Wear My Ring" that put BCB on the map. The single rested in the Texas Music Chart's Top 15 for over 20 straight weeks and is still known today in current rotation as "the song that just won't go away." The record's enormous success has given way to their much anticipated sophomore release DESPERATE HEARTS on Smith Entertainment records, slated for release on March 4th. The title gives the impression of a ballad soaked anthology, but do not be fooled. This record gets down right country with songs like "Back Down," a pile driver of a tune that pushes hard against the green-eyed monster, and "Once A Day," an old school country regimen of daily heartbreak complete with pace the room rhythm and weary fiddle cries. The first single "Understand" is a drive down that famous Texas music highway with country plains on one side and rocky terrain on the other. "Sweet Imitations" is Crow's version of the "cheaters blues" that enters with a slow and silky confession and moves steadily into breaks of angsty repent. Coming full circle the title track is a rock song in country clothing, hot on the trail of loneliness mistaken for love.

The BART CROW BAND is a solid lineup of what Crow calls, "the band I have always wanted." On lead guitar is Paul Russell from Waxahachie, Drew Campbell on drums from San Marcos, Joseph Drew on bass from Canton and Hunter St. Marie also on lead guitar and slide from Galveston. The match up of these players led from one to another as naturally as it does when something far bigger is obviously in control of the wheel. Now on the verge of a brand new record release, the BART CROW BAND is LIVE and well! For tour date information, photos and the BCB diary updates check out

DESPERATE HEARTS will be available on March 4th at national retailers everywhere Including Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Hastings. The record will also be available online at your favorite web and download sites.
Blending sounds from old school country, Americana, indie, bluegrass, and more, taking songwriting to a unique level where we put no boundaries or particular label on what we create. Letting the love for music and friendship fuel our passion.
Born and raised in the desert, rooted in the landscape of the west. Sunbaked Americana.
Shawn Skinner has been playing guitar since the age of 12. After learning a few chords from his brother Scott, Shawn settled in for hours upon hours playing till his fingers rubbed raw. He mostly taught himself, but always soaked in advice from anyone who knew their way around the fret board.
At the same time, Scott, Shawn and their little sister Amber would learn to sing many of the country-western songs they heard on their father's radio. Led by Scott, the Skinner kids (along with a few close friends) started a band. Eventually named "Wildfire", the band's first gig was entertaining a church pancake breakfast social. They quickly moved into local bars and nightclubs, playing anything from Merle Haggard to Alabama to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band would make a great run, bringing the house down for the better part of nine years.
These days you can find Shawn at local beer-soaked stages singing his own brand of heartache and love, struggle and faith. From telling it like it is in the song "You Better Not Miss" (a true story), to searching for solid ground in the song "Mainstay", Shawn has come into his own as a singer/songwriter.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014