MINTURN - High Energy Rock 'n' Roll from Boulder comes to Minturn with the West Water Outlaws Thursday night at 6 p.m.
The Outlaws formed in early 2010 when singer Blake Rooker hazily walked into the wrong statistics class. He ran into a friend from freshman year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Will S. Buck Esq., who had interest in forming a band. After 15 minutes of what felt like brothers meeting for the first time, Rooker and Buck discovered each other's love for down home blues and dirty rock and roll, and a band practice was scheduled for later that evening.
After a few practices and some spirited writing sessions, the band started playing parties in the basement of Rooker's house. Interestingly enough during the mass explosion of DJ software and Macbook Pros, not many parties in Boulder were featuring live Rock and Roll bands. The rock parties were a hit and the band began playing in bars and local clubs for a small fee of beer and food. Since adding Andrew "Monkey" Oakley on drums and Vincent Ellwood on bass, The West Water Outlaws have managed to win the 2010 CU battle of the bands, and share the stage with national acts such as guitar legend Dick Dale, Rose Hill Drive, Dirty Sweet, The Swayback and Rival Sons. Using recording time won in the battle of the bands, the Outlaws released their first official EP, entitled "Crooked Angel," which was recorded, mixed and mastered at Coupe Studios in Boulder.
"We discovered this band based on a suggestion from someone who saw their show with Technicolor Tone Factory back in January," said Terry Armistead, concert organizer. "I've been watching their You Tube videos over and over. I love their sound."
In June of 2011, The Outlaws booked their first regional tour ever and piled into a black F250, later known as "Black Sabbath," and headed south with only four total shows confirmed. West Water was an instant hit at their first stop in Memphis and was immediately offered another show the following night. By the end of the month, the band had played over 12 shows in four cities, and grown their fan base exponentially. After being offered a single by UI Sound studios in Boulder and a music video by local Denver film expert Kyle Woodiel, the Outlaws released their first professional music video and managed to secure their first show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder earlier this year. From there, the Outlaws were offered an opening slot at the Boulder Theatre where they outsold the headliner and played to another nearly sold out crowd lining them up for their first headlining gig at the Fox Theatre. This graduation day show was a great success, easily selling out to 650 people, giving them great momentum leading up to their July tour of the Southeastern United States.