Back Porch Mary

Back Porch Mary
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There are two types of people on this earth: Those that get Back Porch Mary and those that don’t. When it comes to this band it really is that simple. There are no middle of the road fans out there. Back Porch Mary fans are a very dedicated, very interesting lot. They come from every walk of life, age group, and background. There isn’t a neat little bow you can tie them all up with. This is probably because there isn’t a neat little bow you can tie the music of Back Porch Mary up with. The fact that a genre doesn’t exist in the music business to contain them has been an issue for the entire life of the band. The first Back Porch Mary show was played on May 17th 1993 at a fraternity party in Hays, Kansas. The show was shut down by local law enforcement and 38 people were arrested. This was very indicative of how things would go for Back Porch Mary over the next two decades. The band was founded by Mike Krug a native of Russell, Kansas. From the time he picked up a guitar at 15 he has been driven to write and perform music. Mike formed the first incarnation of Back Porch Mary with a few other music majors at Fort Hays State University in early 1993. This first band was loud and brash, leaning heavily on the rock, punk, and metal aspects of music that led Mike to the guitar in the first place. The band then relocated to Manhattan, Kansas in the fall of 1995. At this point the line-up solidified with fellow Kansans Jeremie Krehbiel on drums, and Monty Black on bass guitar. You might recognize the name Monty Black from the “Time of the Broken Heart” liner notes. He continues to write songs with Mike and remains a “shadow” member of the band to this day. The band recorded one CD of the songs written during this era. The CD entitled “Gather” was released by a start up fly by night outfit that called themselves a label. The CD sold well to the band’s fans in Kansas, but the world was calling and Mike wasn’t about to sit around and wait. Another very important thing happened in Manhattan, Kansas during Mike’s time there. He met and became friends with guitarist Slim Laurence and bassist Joe Miller. Slim and Joe had been playing in a honky tonk band that was based in Manhattan. Joe had just obtained his first upright bass, and they would all sit around and play music together in the back of a store called The Music Company. They would talk about forming a band playing what Slim called “Power Tonk”. However, that would have to wait. Slim and Joe had their band, and Mike had Back Porch Mary. In an odd twist of fate, both outfits decided independently to relocate to the city of Austin, Texas. They all moved to Austin in the fall of 1997. The best way on earth to get a band to break up is to try and relocate that band. This proved extremely true in the case of Back Porch Mary. Within two weeks of arriving, the Kansas version of Back Porch Mary disbanded. Mike was forced to start from scratch in a city where he knew exactly two people, Joe Miller and Slim. For a while, Joe would fill in on the bass for whatever version of Back Porch Mary Mike could get together for a show in Austin. Slim would come and support the band, and Mike would go and watch Joe and Slim play with their newly formed honky tonk outfit around Austin. Then one night, Mike asked Slim to just play guitar at a Back Porch Mary show in Jonestown, Texas. Slim had never rehearsed with the band and didn’t really know the songs, but it didn’t matter. The seed was planted for what Back Porch Mary would become. Oddly enough, Joe wasn’t playing bass for the band that night. It would take a couple of more years to get Joe in the band, but once he threw his lot in with his old friends, Back Porch Mary as the world knows it came into existence. The band played their first show with Slim, Joe, and Mike on December 30th, 2001 in Mike’s hometown of Russell, Kansas. The band went into the studio and recorded their first self-titled CD that was released in 2002. The band immediately hit the road as hard as it could playing with a revolving door of drummers. This is when the band started to garner its reputation as a must see live band. They played anywhere and everywhere they could traveling thousands of miles and making insane overnight drives. The music was also taking shape. The creed became that the band would play whatever it wanted. They had no intentions of sticking to one particular style. They wrote songs and forged their own sound over time. They never cared to fit into any category. They just wanted to play good music no matter what genre it may or may not fit into. The first CD leaned very heavily towards the rock side of things. This was a disappointment for the band. They all love honky tonk and country music, and they felt that the first CD didn’t represent that side of them at all. So, in typical Back Porch Mary fashion, they built their own studio and recorded an all acoustic CD entitled “Honest Hands”. This was a drastic departure from the first record and left many people scratching their heads. The fact was, the band loves acoustic music like bluegrass and continues to explore this style heavily to this day. The band continued to tour as much as possible building up a cult like following across the Midwest and South. This spawned a whole new aspect of the band called the Back Porch Mary Street Team. These people were and continue to be the very lifeblood of the band. The band slept on their floors, ate their food, and counted on them to help promote the shows in whatever town they happened to live in. There was no budget or money for advertising, so these people made little Back Porch Communities all over the country. Many of these people have become very dear, lifelong friends of the band, and the Back Porch Mary family continues to thrive. After releasing the live CD “The Last Rock Show”, the band was really in need of that fourth member to make them a complete band. They needed a solid drummer that they could count on like they had always counted on each other. Enter Ryan Kyle, the only native Texan in Back Porch Mary. Ryan sat down behind the drums and made it his band. Finally, after years of searching, the band was finally complete. Ryan is a bit younger than the rest of the guys, and it was really fun for them to take him out on his first tours. With Ryan behind the kit off they went playing countless shows from coast to coast. Finally, after much time and a lot of touring the band entered the studio to work on the CD that would become “Time of The Broken Heart”. The band felt that it had the songs and the experience to do their best work. They worked hard for almost a year on this one, mainly because they had to cram recording in between tours. The record did well and reached number 33 on the national Americana charts. The record also received more radio play and sold more units than any of the previous BPM efforts. The band is currently working on their latest record and their first as a three piece band. The CD is being produced by long time BPM friend Paul Soroski and recorded at Walrus Studios in Austin, Texas. The album will be released on July 19th 2011.
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Back Porch Mary  06/04/2008            
LOL...ignore the haters. Keep playing. The band kicks ass. Can't wait til next time.
Back Porch Mary  06/04/2008            
I did not post this earlier due to the fact that I really have had no dealings with this band (except in passing) and did not want to create bad publicity for someone that I might be wrong about. But after seeing the response from others I believe it is time to give my .02 cents. I'm not quite sure what has happened to this band. I have seen you guys about 5 times around the New Braunfels/Austin area (I wish I would have seen the show in Mc Queeney...Sounds like ALOT happened) but I will tell you that I believe your band has gone as far as it needs to. You started out as a band with high energy and alot of good music. You have now reached a point where you believe you are good enough to stand on stage and your presence should be enough to make people happy, no matter what you do. Let me tell you, every show I have been to has gotten a little worse. The Attitude of the band, quality of Music and overall performance has sunk to an all time LOW. I have no idea what went on with your show in Mc Queeny but from my observations at other places I figured it was just a matter of time before you hit the downward spiral, and it seems like you are well on your way to Rock Bottom. You might want to think back to when you first started a band, do you remember why you did it? I'm sure the goal was not to be a hated band who pisses off the people who pay to come and see you. Your "Original" music has become predictable and monotone with no excitement. Your Cover songs have become more frequent and seem to have no emotion (I know they are cover songs but even "Cover Bands" can make someone else's music sound better and more energetic with a little effort and energy). Basically you are not the "Rock Stars" you think you are. Just because you have a "Record Deal" (with your own record label, Imagine that) does not make you a Star. It only makes you a self-promoted, low level band who will soon vanish into the world of an accounting day job and a 1 man band, playing at the local country store on Wednesday nights for a couple of beers, unless you Stop, Kick yourself in the ASS and remember what REAL Texas Music is all about. Unfortunately I do not see this happening for you. I believe you attitude has reached a level of no return and the only way for you to return to Earth is for all people who read this to Stop supporting your Music. Back Porch Marry has left the Building.......And you should lock the doors so they don't return........
Back Porch Mary  06/04/2008            
I was also at the back porch mary circus in Lake McQueeney, Texas. They started late, played lots of cover music and finished early. as for the un-educated redneck club that hired them, well you seem to be the one that is un-educated on us. just because we choose the sport we choose you choose to use Derogatory comments about us. I was the one trying to negotiate with the band and was threatened by the lead singer with the gun comment. i think once you have the facts you can post your opinion, until then I will let you try and determine who is the un-educated redneck. I refuse to get into a heated discussion with an un-armed individual.
Back Porch Mary  06/02/2008            
Great band, great guys. These guys are really a pleasure to see. Love their music and love hanging out with them. Take care on the road fellas.
Back Porch Mary  05/18/2008            
Fort Worth Blues
Great show at the Fairmount last night. 1st time I've heard the band and I was definitely impressed.
Back Porch Mary  05/16/2008            
Vinny The Shark
Vinny got to see BPM open for Chris Knightlast Friday at the Wormy Dog. Excellent show. These guys deserve to be headlining. One of the better bands to come around in a long time. Looking forward to their next visit.
Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
I have seen BPM many times in the past at various Texas venues. I cannot wait until they are in the Dallas area. I was at the show in Lake McQueeney. It was a great bar. Other than the really hot and humid weather and the uneducated redneck 4x4 club that hired BPM, I thought that it was a really great venue. The band was excellent playing everything from Honest Hands to cuts from their new album Time of the Broken Heart. I loved to hear the limited covers that the band performed. Songs like "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry" and "City of New Orleans" can really only have justice done by Hank and Steve. BPM pays tribute to these masters. The comment about hearing 90% of the songs as cover just goes to show that songs that they like on the radio are being sung by the group in front of them. If you want to hear songs by more established artists, either pay for a tribute band or hire a DJ. Just because you hired a band to play a show, does not mean that they become your puppets. To top the evening off, the Hee-haw fan club threatened violence to the band and barred the exit so that the band could not leave. Comments like "going to the truck to get the guns" even prompted the sheriff's department to show up. That just goes to show you that more alcohol than teeth is never a good thing. Kudos to BPM for keeping a level head. Keep on rocking guys. I have been hearing you more and more in Dallas since the new album has hit. Special thanks to Mike, Joe, Slim and Ryan Kyle.
Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
been listning to these guys for a long time the eletric cd is hard driving rock n roll honest hands showed their music diversity with its acoustic and almost bluegrass feel the last rock show captured the raw edge that back porch mary live i had the privledge of hearing a demo of the new cd a few years ago i thought it was good enough "as is " to release the time of the broken heart cd was worth the wait though the cd rocks congradulations to mike, slim, joe, and ryan
Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
Dear Pancho, You win. Sincerely, Scott
Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
Thank you Capt. Obvious - that's why the names would be the same on the reviews. So - only positive reviews are allowed here? The other negative reviews that had other names were not written by me - I guarantee that. Trust me, there were a LOT of upset people at the show. I'm suprised there aren't more negative reviews here. And when did you become my grammer teacher anyway?
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