The Sideshow Tragedy Brings its Austin Blues-Rock to The Deadhorse Tonight
SAN ANGELO, TX — Nathan Singleton fronts The Sideshow Tragedy, a popular Austin band that tours through San Angelo regularly. They are performing at The Deadhorse, 210 S. Chadbourne St., tonight (Dec.9) with another band, Dezorah.
The band is blues rock. Not hard rock, but they can go there. I’d call it a cross between ZZ Top and Metallica.
The influence of East Texas blues is there for sure. Singleton grew up there with a dad who was a blues fanatic, he said. Blues runs through his blood. At the same time, showing his younger age, he also gravitated to rock, punk rock, funk, new wave, and Bob Dylan.
The Sideshow original song, Let the Love Go Down, is the best example. In the background is the grinding guitar chord progression that’s closely matched with the percussion. It's Texas blues. Singleton’s low voice is not as scratchy as Billy Gibbons, but younger, still spoken almost, and more melodic. But it’s still definitely Texas.
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Since San Angelo is a frequent top for the touring band, I asked Singleton about what he thought about San Angelo, among other things.
Q: We'd like to know your favorite spot in Angelo to eat?
A: We usually head across Chadbourne St. to Stango's after we load in and stuff at The Deadhorse - they have great coffee and it's relaxing to sit outside on the sidewalk and people watch.
Q: How many times have you played in San Angelo and what venues?
We've been playing San Angelo for years. We used to play the old Steel Penny Pub, but The Deadhorse has been our home now for about five years.
Q: What is your guys' favorite songs to play?
A: Usually whatever's newest - we're still getting it together and it can be challenging to play, so it feel a little more exciting than playing an older song. Then again, older songs you can play in your sleep are fun to play as well because you mess around with them and improvise a little and maybe come up with new ways of doing things.
Q: When did you guys all start playing together
A: We've been playing together in various bands for over 10 years.
Q: Are there any venues you've played at, or events you've done, that were memorable for you?
A: Opening for Cheap Trick was cool!