“Less is more.” That’s the mantra that Rev. Chitwood Hammaker, brothers Noah and Justin Crowther, and Kelly Ravin deployed as they converged from a honky-tonk in Burlington, Vermont, to create WAYLON SPEED.
Ever since WAYLON SPEED formed in April 2009, the four-piece brotherhood of family and past friends has toured nationally and collected fans like empties at a pig roast in support of their albums: the debut, Georgia Overdrive; their two-disc sophomore set, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades; The Boots EP and their latest effort, Valance.
The band will be headed out on the road in support of Valance this March. A complete list of dates can be found below.
The press has called WAYLON SPEED “gas on the fire of the current music scene” and “heavy, fiery country rock, for those who like their punk rock with some twang in it – but also appreciate high quality, intelligent songwriting.”
Ask WAYLON SPEED what it seeks from its stained-blue-collar, straight-up-from-the- underground rock, and the answer is simple: make people happy. The evidence is at their aim-to-please shows, where audience connection is a priority.
WAYLON SPEED has shared bills with: Jane’s Addiction, Clutch, Little Feat, Reba McEntire, Elvis Costello, Primus, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They have been influenced by bands such as: Motorhead, Fugazi, The Mother Hips, The Drive-By Truckers, and Frank Zappa. Waylon Speed’s influences are not mainstream music.
Noah Crowther – Bass and Vocals
Justin Crowther- Drums
Chad Hammaker – Guitar
Kelly Ravin – Guitar and Vocals
WAYLON SPEED Live:
3/8: Unity, ME @ Unity Performing Arts Center
3/9: Portland, ME @ The Empire
3/14: Boston, MA @ Church
3/16: Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s
3/21: Norwich, CT @ High Noon Saloon
3/22: Saratoga, NY @ Putnam Den
3/29: Middlebury, VT @ Two Brothers Lounge