Leroy Virgil, founder and frontman of cult country band Hellbound Glory, will perform a special free concert at the Treehouse Café in Lynwood from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.
Donations will be accepted. Admission is 21-and-older only.
Distilled of equal parts melody and bar-room-thump, Hellbound Glory is a Reno, Nevada-based band packing venues with a growing legion of fans coast to coast.
Virgil explained, “We just really dig the challenge of a new audience. I’m not a flashy guy but I like showing off.”
The band’s formation in 2008 was a graduation of sorts for Virgil, who originally hails from Aberdeen. Relocating in 2002, the singer immersed himself in the nightlife of the Biggest Little City in The World. The environment had an immediate impact on what would become the band’s material. Or, as Virgil said, “I grew up in a hick town by a lot of people’s standards. Reno is just a hick town with taller buildings and brighter lights. Playing Reno is like playing a 24-hour dive bar. No matter where I play, I’m never too far from home.”
Virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing field.
When asked to describe the band’s signature sound, Virgil said, “Country music was a big influence on the rock music I wrote when I was younger and still in Aberdeen. That same rock music echoes a bit in my country western music today. We’re really not afraid to piss off any of either genre’s purists. We’re just out there being ourselves!”
While doing that, he managed to do a duet with Tanya Tucker, share the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Guns n Roses, ZZ Top, Kid Rock, Sturgill Simpson, and Eric Church.
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