Captain Legendary Band Lands Gig Opening For Country Music Icon Merle Haggard
[Baton Rouge] Local Baton Rouge Band, The Captain Legendary Band, is fresh off the heels of its prestigious and intense month long European Tour, playing in cities all over Germany and Spain, and have been asked to open a concert for country music icon, Merle Haggard – the highest honor indeed. The concert will take place in Houston, Texas at The Redneck Country Club –owned by progressive, yet controversial radio talk show host, Michael Berry.
The gang is back in the studio with new music varying from loud punk rock to quiet solo acoustic numbers, deftly demonstrating the vastness of expanding songwriting skills and performance abilities inherent within this visceral and vibrant foursome. Their new song, “Drowned In New Orleans” highlights a special blend of guitar strumming and soul stomping vocal harmonies. Also, be on the lookout for the studio versions of their hits “Honey” and “Gypsy Eyes” from their live double album, utilizing acoustic instruments in a bluegrass-folk-popish style. These singing, guitar playing, head-banging hippies set soul grooves into country music using inter-generational musicians steeped in our heritage to create modern sounding tunes with traditional sensibilities. They’ve got the bases covered- a necessity to play the popular places around here.
The Captain Legendary Band spent Valentine’s Day sharing the stage with country music sensation Tracy Byrd, at Berry’s edgy and rambunctious venue. The band’s music is also regularly featured on his radio show- a nationally syndicated show that reaches audiences from Portland, Oregon to Albany, New York. Berry has also asked them to join him on his market visit tour, which begins in March, and will span the Southern region- making stops in Beaumont, Texas, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee.
The country music blues came to visit the Captain Legendary Band, and they answered the call. Charlie Hager (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Bancroft (lead guitar, harmony vocals), Jeff Hager (bass), and Matt “The Kid” Groll (drums) complete the current lineup for the four-piece, classic country-roots rock band, as they head into their 10th year of existence, while rapidly continuing to climb as one of the best country-rock bands anywhere. Don’t take our word for it, though. Nominated in 2014 by The Academy of Texas Music Awards for Artistic Excellence for their Live Double Album, the group continues to receive accolades from all the finest music sources for reviews and awards in both live performance and recorded output. From U.S. and European tours to shows in hometown Baton Rouge, this band plays for keeps and keeps playing, out to expose the heart and soul of the country roots rock with power and respect.
Band Returns From European Tour, Prepares For New Album Release, Opening for Country Star Tracy Byrd
[Baton Rouge, LA] Wild, wooly, and raucous, these guys come with a bang and stay all night. Well known up and down, and all around, plus parts beyond for the music, the show the attitude, the sound, the look, and the do-it-yourself ways, The Captain Legendary Band is a force to be reckoned with on the live music scene.
Fresh off the heels of their prestigious and intense month long European Tour, playing in cities all over Germany and Spain, the gang is back in the studio with new music varying from loud punk rock to quiet solo acoustic numbers, deftly demonstrating the vastness of expanding songwriting skills and performance abilities inherent within this visceral and vibrant foursome. Their new album is set to release in Fall 2015, and will feature a studio version of the wildly popular song, “Honey” – a listenable tune that reaches your brain, your heart, and your dancing feet.
In between studio time and prepping for the new album release, The Captain Legendary Band have also caught the eye of progressive yet controversial radio talk show host, Michael Berry, and they are preparing for a Valentine’s Day concert in Houston, Texas with country music sensation Tracy Byrd, at Berry’s edgy and rambunctious venue, The Redneck Country Club. Their music is regularly featured on his show- a nationally syndicated show that reaches audiences from Portland, Oregon to Albany, New York.
Captain Legendary Band Departs For European Tour
I Know Four Boys…
[Baton Rouge]- I know a group of four guys in a band whose hair is so long and curly, that brushing it isn’t necessary. Well, three of four guys, but the fourth would just say he is unimpressed with long-hair. Once, I asked the lead singer Charlie Hager if you could pick one person or band in the whole world to open up for who would it be, and before I could even finish my sentence, he replied, “Willie Nelson.” Picture it: Four guys who look like modern day hippies, complete with pearl snap shirts, boots, and enough musical talent to put Nashville to shame. Who are they? They are my friends, Charlie Hager, Matt Groll, Jeffrey Hager, and Aaron Bancroft – The Captain Legendary Band. Named after the “Legendary” Johnny Cash, and our old friend “Captain Morgan” these fellers are a four-piece of dyed-in-the-wool, hillbilly honky-tonkers out to have fun and make music.
For those of you not familiar with the band, sit back and let me educate you. When I spoke to the lead singer, Charlie Hager, about how he laid down the foundation and roots of the band, his response was, “Well, we were just a bunch of drunk college kids playing guitar…isn’t that how most bands start?” I had to giggle. The more they played together, the more they joined together in songwriting, performance and spirit. They started out just looking for a good time, and you’ll sure sense that, but when realizing their potential, the goals got serious. But the old adage “when you find something you love, you’ll never work another day in your life” applies here. This four-piece combo came together in 2006, and since then they have opened up shows for some of the greats, including Mickey Gilley, Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker Band, and Jack Ingram -bringing diverse personalities into a familial unit that stirs up a batch of funky, rocking, danceable, in-your-face music like nobody’s business that everybody can enjoy.
Hailing and railing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana all the way to Houston, Texas, while curtailing nothing pertaining to righteousness and proper behavior, this four-piece describes themselves as a “traditional, progressive folk, and bluegrass” band, ready and willing to take modern day music on a hayride through the thorny nettles of the American southern-rock-roots music underbelly – and they mean it, folks.
Roughly, the band came together in 2006. When I asked Charlie, the lead singer, and the person who ultimately ended up forming the band, how he got started, he said it took him awhile to get here. “Jeff (his brother) told me I should quit my job and focus on music. I told him I needed a bass player, and that I would buy him a bass and if he would learn how to play it, I would quit my job and focus solely on the band. A year later, he learned to play.”And so began the birth of band.
If you notice four guys sporting long hair, pearl snap shirts, worn boots, silly shirts, hilarious hats, all picked and paired at a moment’s notice to match songs from the 70’s to the present performed with wild abandonment and superb aplomb, never fear, the odds are, it’s simply The Captain Legendary Band. Well, again, three of the four guys- the unimpressed one wears a blue shirt at every show, and I, along with many others, find that consistency to be comforting. With active audience participation, random musical guests and a never ending set list, Charlie and the band do their thing, and they do it well.
They regularly log in over 1000 miles on the road each week, while knocking out some 150-200 shows annually- playing big, little, and in-between festivals, bars, nightclubs, daybreaks and anywhere they can burrow into some beer and music. The band became a huge draw all over Texas and Louisiana, with no antidote in sight, bringing on the party atmosphere to every show played.
This ambitious and inventive four-some creates classic country, electronic-alternative rock music that reaches into the collective consciousness of American contemporary sounds. Often musicians who emulate a sound from the past are destined to succumb to the public perception of revivalist or tribute artist, but The Captain Legendary Band consistently rises above such notions, while proudly and succinctly performing on the perch of their musical roots.
Three songs featured off their live album, “Brianna,” “Smoking Barrel” and “Down” are reaching a new audience, as well as satisfying old fans. The band blends organic, raw acoustic sounds with hard rocking riffs accompanied by intense and authentic lyrics to create a populist and listenable record that reaches your brain, your heart, and your dancing feet. Throw in a little “Leavin Louisiana In The Broad Daylight” by Rodney Crowell to round it out, and the blueprint to music success is complete.
Aside from the well received albums, The Captain Legendary Band claims a live show that absolutely levels rooms with the energetic music performance. From the effortless legato shredding by Charlie and Aaron, to that must-be-seen-to-be-believed drum solos from Matt, and the leaping bass harmonies of bassist Jeff, combined with fancy footwork and whipping of shoulder-length hair, the boys belt out the vocals to create a show of incredible pure power and a sure sense of sonic showmanship.
They’re still known to pull out the covers from time to time, but the four-piece ensemble of Charlie Hager (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Bancroft (lead guitar, harmony vocals), Jeffrey Hager (bass guitar), and Matt “The Kid” Groll’s (drums) set lists range from strangely true, storytelling songs to instrumental meanderings with meaning, all from a vast catalog of new tunes such as “Brothers” or their hit “Honey” that sound like old songs refreshed with new life. You can hear modern music edges joining ’70s sensibilities, all tied up neatly with a strong sense of what country and rock ’n’ roll is and what it can do.
The Captain Legendary Band tours the South espousing the glories of modern hillbilly life through rock, soul, country and a whole lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ from all reports. With the recent addition of tour dates in Europe, the triumphant foursome takes the stage by storm with songwriting finesse and musical diversity. With the recent release of a live album recorded at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, Texas, these boys bring a fresh sound to an old style, one of direct intervention with a listening, participating audience, seemingly derived from otherworldly interaction. This makes album number four for the traveling troubadours of musical mayhem with no signs of slowing down or surrendering. The guys stay on the road, bringing a music wrought with passion and played with pizazz and punctiliousness to stages everywhere.
Proclaiming to be a mish-mash of “Waylon Jennings meets Lynryd Skynyrd,” The Captain Legendary Band claims a musical territory covering rock, outlaw country and acid folk, a dangerous and diabolical landscape indeed. Joined at this representation of rock and country gone raucous by the Louisiana/Texas-based, Baton Rouge-born band, this European Tour may blow off the roof and then shoot right through.