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Many dynasties have reigned over the centuries, but the only one we pledge allegiance to is THE BOURBON DYNASTY. That’s because members Bob Craver (lead guitar), Donnie Craver (bass), Mike Persh (drums), and Charles Walston (guitar and vocals) offer “Hard Music for Hard Times.” A wise decision, which is backed up by such reverb-drenched swamp classic tunes as, “Low Tolerance for High Maintenance,” “The Habit of Doing Wrong,” and the song with the best title in years, “Satan Wore Satin.” These and more are on the band’s new self-titled CD, recorded at the wonderful Scary Clown studios and available at the usual places. (Listen here and here. Do unscrew a bottle top and pour yourself a helping of pure Pop Quiz…
What equipment do you use and what’s your favorite smoke?
CHARLES: Fender bass and amp, Gibson 335 and Fender silver face Deluxe Reverb, hot-rodded Tele, and Reverend 20-60 amp (three 12-inch speakers). We preferred hand-rolled smokes.
What kind of drums do you play and what pets do you own?
CHARLES: Gretsch drums. Pets: dogs and cats—although they think they own us, not the other way around.
What’s your favorite D.C. hangout and your favorite automobile?
CHARLES: The DMV is a great place to meet chicks. Any car that starts is fine.
What’s the worst place you’ve crashed and your worst haircut?
CHARLES: The filthy carpet of a truck-stop motel in North Carolina in my old band, the Vidalias. Every haircut is traumatic.
Worst roommate and best audience?
CHARLES: My ex-wife. The audience at the Red and Black for our CD-release show.
Explain your band name and define your sound.
CHARLES: They call us the Bourbon Dynasty because we are the kings of good old sloppy, shit-kicking, whiskey-drinking music—Stones-style rock, country, and blues.
What clothes do you like to wear onstage and what do you eat on the road?
CHARLES: The singer has a gaudy, green velvet jacket with some silly embroidery. The other guys favor flannel shirts. If we have to leave town, we pack a lunch, because you just can’t find good pigs feet most places these days.
What’s the worst stage you’ve played and your best payday?
CHARLES: Same gig—a tiny gazebo at a private party.
What are your influences and worst equipment experience?
CHARLES: Our influences are everybody good, from the Yardbirds to George Jones to Don Covay (we play songs by all of them). The first time we played at the Red and Black, our singer blew up two amps, although it turned out that the rectifier tube just fell out of one of them.
What are your songs about and what’s your favorite drink?
CHARLES: Our songs are mostly about pussy, what else? Cold beer or Yoo Hoo, please.
What’s your favorite tour memory and worst band squabble?
CHARLES: We haven’t played out of town very much, but my old band the Vidalias played at the Bottom Line in NYC, and Joey Ramone heard us perform our hick cover of “Questioningly.” He said it didn’t suck. Bob and Donnie are brothers, so they have had too many fights to mention.
What are your current projects and political thoughts?
CHARLES: Promoting our first CD; learning new songs. Politically: Lord help us.
What’s the stupidest move your singer ever pulled?
CHARLES: My first guitar was a ’60s Telecaster that I sold for $75.
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