The late 90’s presented a special time for the punk rock music scene in Clemson, SC. For the few acts that enjoyed some acclaim and notoriety there were countless never heard-much less-heard of and the Squirts are no exception.
After touring Roanoke, VA to Athens, GA on their 1997 cassette release “Crossing The Haw” the group got their tune LeeVing Texas on a 1998 compilation CD by Russ Hallauer’s record label Ghostmeat before disbanding as the millennium approached. The Squirts remained on hiatus until a near fatal reunion in 2002.
The idea and notions behind “why” the Squirts got back together in the first place are still unclear and up for debate now almost twenty years later. Thankfully, close friend of the band [Michael Hayes] is into making interesting films and decided the soon to-be reunion was worth documenting and so he began rolling on interviews and band practices throughout the year as the Squirts prepared for a tour which would kick off in Clemson, SC.
The group inevitably disbanded on camera and all footage sat in storage for over 10 years before it was edited into a feature full length movie titled “Beer Saved My Life :A Home Movie Starring The Squirts” (2014).
The movie premiered at a small screening in the garage of Johnny Ray’s – home of the Ratio Podcast and then once again the Squirts were no more.
THEN – earlier this Summer, our gypsy contact out of Salem sent word down to HQ that a re-reunion of The Squirts had been in talks to coincide with a proper screening of the movie on November 16th at Flicker Theatre in Athens Ga.
Watch and share the official trailer for “Beer Saved My Life :A Home Movie Starring The Squirts” below and stay tuned into the GF network for all the latest updates on this development.
After unleashing their debut LP last Tuesday via CLOUD Recordings, OLD SMOKEY reveals a real “live” music video in tribute to their jingle, “All The Way Slow”. The performance was captured at Gypsy Farm by editor WJAY on the first day of Fall 2013. Thanks to the folks over at Earbuddy.net and thee spiritual assistance of Sir Stephen.
Local weavers of the string dream known as “Old Smokey” have finished their debut record, titled “Wester Easter” and may we say, it’s an ear tickling treasure for sure. While we have not confirmed when it is to be released, our morning feeds are still spurting streams of magic via Robert Lomax’s direct vimeo line that reevealed a new video of the band’s latest single, “Leggy”. Shot on the spot at GFR, the clip captures cameo appearances by GF patrolmen Sgt Boogie and Funkin Duncan. Watch and Share via the player below :
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GF corespondent Billy Shears received a package in the post this morning. Enclosed he discovered a VHS tape from The Ice Creams. Rumors surfaced this afternoon that thee tape self levitated into the media room’s Sanyo.
Whilst sponging up the Nashville skyline, via a venue known as “The Nursing Home” I arose to the lawn with a glass of cheap chardonnay and managed to capture this fabulous song-writer, Cowboy Slim. He strung out an entire grab bag of wit, comprised with the usual hooks, but some how presented it all in a fresh fashion, “exciting and inviting” my mind back to fallen folk pickers such as the late Randell Hylton
Please watch and share this video of COWBOY SLIM’s original, “Just In Case You Fall In Love With Me” -from the grassy hills of Nashville, TennesSEE :