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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 85


Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
Scott
This is obviously the same guy posting negative reviews about the band. He can't spell very well.
Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
Pancho
Yeah - music is art. But that doesn't mean there aren't boundaries. Nobody was that upset that they didn't start on time. But when someone asks a band member when they are going to start and he responds "When we get f**king ready to..." That doesn't set a very good tone for the evening. When a young lady asks one of the band members to play a certain song and the band member responds "Do you have that CD? Yeah? Well go listen to it in your f**king car" That's strike two. And when the band walks off the stage after playing for 2.5 hours and you paid them for 3. That's strike three. There were other incidents - like one of the band members threatening to shoot one of the people paying them to play. Numerous people heard that one... Yeah - we had been drinking all day - and yeah we were pissed - and yeah - we made them carry their crap back to their cars. I think anyone who had paid good money for a band and received what we did would have done the same or more. We had an agreement - a contract. We held up our end - they didn't. And they acted like asses to boot.
Back Porch Mary  05/15/2008            
Springfield,IL Fan
If I could give this band 10 stars I so would, but 5 is the highest they will let you give. I was introduced to this band by a good friend of mine...at the Pond Party. They did such an awesome job their I've seen them at least 4 more times since and waiting for them to return to the Pond Party. They know how to keep a crowd alive. There songs are awesome. Its Simple they Rock. If you don't see that maybe you should clean the ear wax out of your ears and give them a real listen. They are my all time favorite band! Peace on BPM and Rock Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 u
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
tukongb
Honest Hands shows the far reaching talent of this great band. Not only do these guys play fun rockin music but their harmony is really highlighted in the Honest Hands CD. A great buy.. you will wear it out.
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
Scott
I was there. The band played from just after nine until twelve. They played songs off of all of the albums and some cool covers. The people that hired them were mad about something. You can't please everybody, but the new CD "Time of the Broken Heart" is great.
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
tukongb
WE drove 1.5 hours to see our favorite band play at Family Tradition in Lake McQueeney. The show was great with Back Porch Mary singing their own songs. The crowd requested alot of cover songs. The crowd had been drinking all day and not very polite to us visitors. The end of our visit was not pleasant as we helped the band load their gear with the locals blocking our path. Other than the extreme heat, the band did a great show and geared their set to what the crowd danced to.
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
44MAG
1 STAR IS NOT LOW ENOUGH, WERE DO I START, THESE GUYS WHO PREACH MUSIC AND BEING WITH THE PEEPS WHAT AND DRINKING WITH ALL AFTER THE SHOW, KNOW WE NOW WHY WE HAVE TO PAY FOR CRAP FIRST, YOUR ATTITUDE SUCKS ALL COVER SONGS RIPPED OFF FROM OTHERS, NEXT TIME YOU WANT BRING A GUITAR TO A GUN FIGHT THINK AGAIN. HOPE TO NEVER RUN INTO OR SUPPORT THIS BAND. THINK AGAIN BEFORE HIRING THESE FOOLS,
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
Russell's Finest BPM Fan
So alot of people are writing bad reviews on the boys from BPM. Its a shame, as Ive met and briefly spoke with each one of them, and all it takes is a few seconds to tell that each one is very dedicated to providing an awesome experience at their live shows. One show is all it takes to understand that music is their life. The dedication that they play to their shows is unbelievable. Ive only seen them three times over the last couple of years, through noone's fault but my own, and have never walked away disappointed. So for all those haters, if u want a band that is completely perfect, start looking somewhere else, I can promise you wont find one. BPM are indeed the real deal and will always be one of my most favorite bands I'll ever listen to.
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
Julie
I have seen these guys multiple times in the past couple years and I'm from Kansas. Like Laura, they are one of the few bands I road trip for. I don't recall a show where I have been disappointed or heard them play 90% cover songs. Small or large crowds they play their show and do it well. They are musically versitle, original and high energy. I have introduced many friends to them and they are now fans. No on forces you to listen. If you don't like their style, move on. I for one am gearing up for my next road trip.
Back Porch Mary  05/14/2008            
50ae
Who doesn't love BPM!!!!!! Can't wait to see ya'll up in McKinney sometime.
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