The Outlaw Orchestra (Formerly Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra), formed in mid 2016, are a powerhouse four piece, based in the Deep South UK.
comprising of David Roux on guitars and lead vocals, Ryan Smith on drums/percussion and vocals, Stephen Welch on Banjo and Alex Barter on double bass and vocals. The style is a unique blend of hard Southern Rock through to Cajun, Dixie, Country, Flamenco and all cooked together with their unique signature style of ‘Heavygrass’, described as “A melting pot of styles from American Southern rock, British 70’s rock, Louisiana roots to bluegrass. Putting the fun back into rock n roll”.
The sound is truly unique, which showcases the musical talent which each band member brings to the fold, having the musical maturity to mix high energy with moody soulful rock, they have drawn comparisons to early The Cadillac Three, Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Brothers Band, Whiskey Myers, The Faces, The Black Crowes and even Motorhead through to the Cosmic American country genre. Everywhere the band go, with their unique blend of feel-good and fun-time countrified rock n roll, the crowds turn up in their masses to stay for the ride and rock out till the beer taps run dry.
From their latest EP ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ comes ‘Back To Georgia’
Recent gig accomplishments include a home territory sold out show at the Portsmouth Guildhall, packing the indoor stage at Bristol’s Grillstock Festival alongside the likes of Hayseed Dixie and The Darkness, playing to a heaving crowd at Boomtown Festival and Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival, and selling out a show at London’s premier rock bar ‘The Big Red’ in December 2017.
After the Pistonhead sponsorship finished at the end of 2017, the band’s increasing profile helped secured endorsement from Vocalzone, Ballbex Drumsticks and ‘Cloven Hoof’ spiced rum, who as well as sponsoring numerous festivals across the UK including Planet Rockstock and Planet Rock Winters End, where the band were so well received by a packed sold out crowd that they stood for almost two hours at the merchandise stand and sold out completely of all merch. The band have been invited to play at this year’s C.R.O.W.S, a brand-new festival put on by the legendary HRH (Hard Rock Hell) alongside the likes of Ex-Georgia Satellites singer, Dan Baird and The Homemade Sin and Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman. With a brand new 3 track EP on the way titled ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, backed by Cloven Hoof, as well as their debut ten track live in the studio CD, the new EP has attracted lots of attention from numerous bloggers, reviewers and have had plenty of exclusive pre-release airplay of the lead single ‘Back to Georgia’ both nationally and internationally. Stations include Total Rock Radio who made the band their artist of the week on the Global Onslaught Show in December 2017. The attention from reviewers, bloggers, fans and increasing radio play requests are increasing weekly so 2018 is set to be a fantastic year for the band.
Also from their debut album ‘Dirty ‘Diesel’ comes ‘Voodoo Queen’
Here is what Planet Rock’s Scott Colothan had to say about Outlaw Orchestra’s Latest EP:
Then you have their latest work, their new EP, The Devil Made Me Do It. Which I think is a really well made and show the bands growth. On a sheer production level, the music sounds better for one. Everything is a little cleaner and the instruments sound excellent. In particular the banjo, I’m a huge fan of the instrument in general and with the way it’s played here, it is truly exquisite. The song ‘See You In Hell’ is the track that shows this off the best in my opinion. I have to say the moment I put this EP on I was jamming to it. I found it a lot of fun and it brought a smile to my face. It all just comes together so nicely, and the country elements are really well blended with the rock parts. They created this sound that is so fitting and really natural. A great listen all around and it feels like they have really captured the style they want to commit to.
Let’s see what The Outlaw Orchestra has to say about Vocalzone!
“Since Vocalzone have taken us on board as one of their endorsed bands, they have made a real difference to our vocal tones and stamina. The vocals within our songs are very demanding with the gritty roaring southern twang we sing with. Vocal warm-ups combined with a few pastilles,we’re able to project a lot more and they really help keep our vocals in tip top condition!”