3 and Twenty
Fri, March 17, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Cotillion Ballroom
$18 Advance - $20 Day of Show
This event is all ages
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Label it however you choose. They call it country.
Baxley, a slow-moving rural town of just over 4,000 residents, where Sharpe grew up a country boy, is a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business and newcomers are known as outsiders. There’s one elementary school, one high school and, until recently, only three red lights. “Now we got a fourth and a Wal-Mart,” said Sharpe, “so, yeah, we’re stepping up.” Both his parents worked and, as a young boy, he’d tag along with his old man and spend summer days hanging out on construction sites, while listening to a local country radio station.
Those early formative years is when Sharpe’s love of country music developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, it wasn’t until he was 20 when a then-18 year old King moved with his family from Waycross to Baxley that The LACS first met up. They liked a lot of the same music – Garth Brooks and George Strait, Pink Floyd and Metallica along with Tupac and Nelly – and as quickly as they befriended one another they started writing lyrics as if they had been kindred spirits since childhood. King was a self-taught guitarist and the two fast-friends pooled their money together to buy a cheaper version of a beat box they still use when they perform on stage today.
In 2001, they saved up another $2,500 to pay for 40 hours of studio time – half of which they spent recording their first self-titled album and the other half of the time was used to mix and master – and 1,000 copies of the CD to sell in parking lots and parties. Over time they built up a cult following of fellow rednecks and hillbillies and eventually drew the attention of Average Joe’s.
Last fall they released their fourth album and this spring the prolific songsmiths are already back with yet another studio album, which features the first single God Bless a Country Girl. “It’s a fun little song,” said King. Sharpe and King have matured personally and especially professionally since the first time they plugged a $7 microphone into a boom box, which still says a lot about their authentic writing process.
Then and now, The LACS enter the studio with half the album written and then finish the second half of the writing process while recording the first half. Their fans, who both King and Sharpe describe as rowdy, loud, hardworking rednecks, have come to expect songs about the south – beer drinking, mud bogging and more drinking – that remind them of their own lives. “Brian and I have prided ourselves on putting out real music that we lived,” Sharpe concluded, “and not just writing
about some topic because it was a No. 1 for somebody else.”
Staying true to their country roots, their writing is influenced by legendary artists like Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, Alabama, and Lynyrd Skynyrd; combine that with hip hop influences like Bone Thugs N Harmony and Dr.Dre, then add soulful harmonies inspired by Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight and you’ll appreciate the eclectic, good ol' boy, rowdy back-road realism with a touch of “southern swang” (southern swagger with a twang) that makes 3 and Twenty appealing to all demographics. To give some perspective, Stone Cold Steve Austin recently had this to say about 3 and Twenty on his pod cast show, "After listening to their album 20 times, I hear Keith Whitley, George Straight, Blues Traveler, hip hop, elements of rap, I hear Merle, I hear bad ass country, I hear 3 and Twenty. I hear different influences, I said "man this is a bad ass album. It's country, but it's a lot more than country". They are country boys, cranking out a fresh ass bad ass sound. You will also hear some Kid Rock in there... all kinds off stuff in there. They are bad ass and funky, but its down home bad ass music".
3 and Twenty started on a late night in January 2010 with a bottle of whiskey, acoustic guitar, and two South Carolina country boys (Adrian Lee and Butch Gibson) hell bent on writing new music that is real and comes from the heart, after their former group EPDMK came to an end. Not focusing on genres, or worried about their "sound", they actually created a new "sound" that is very fresh, yet familiar, but is also different enough that you really can't compare them to anybody, but try to compare them to everybody. "We wanted to just be us, be real, and make music that we wanted to make. We weren't trying to fit any mold or worried about what people would think. We are who we are and we feel that honesty comes through in our music".