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Slinky, swanky southern rock

by Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyHurry Sundown takes its name from a tune by The Outlaws, those pioneers of southern rock. They play tonight at the Moon.

Hurry Sundown, a southern rock group out of Missouri with musical ties to The Outlaws, hit the Moon today at 10 p.m.

“We’re big fans of The Outlaws,” explained Jeb Shelton, bassist and vocalist. “They’re real pioneers of the southern rock movement. “Hurry Sundown’ is a great song, with a great story.”

The quartet has been together for two years. They stopped in Vail for their first show last spring, and were eager to return. Shelton is joined by vocalist/guitarist Scott Casteel, drummer/vocalist Ryan Reichard and guitarist/vocalist John Tiefry.

They were coaxed to Vail by Paul Fastiggi, previously known as DJ JR on KTUN. During his afternoon-drive radio spot, the DJ interviewed a former bodyguard to Lynrd Skynrd.

“I asked him who the greatest southern rock group was, and he said Hurry Sundown,” said Fastiggi. “So I looked them up.”

According to Fastiggi, they go against the grain of what the normal music scene is like in Vail.

“We’re having the time of our lives,” said Shelton. “Here, even at this level, we’re succeeding, the CD sales are climbing, and fan numbers are climbing, pretty much all the way around.”

The group has extensive original material, but they also pull some vintage southern rock out of their sleeves during a concert.

“Nothing pre-’80s,” said Shelton. “It’ll be a high-energy performance.”

For Shelton, playing the music makes him come full circle with his heritage. Originally from Tennessee, he was surrounded by Americana and country music, though his personal preferences ran to hard rock.

“There’s enough rock to touch that rock nerve,” he said. “And personally for me, being from the south, it brings both those together.”

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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