Good ol’ boys of Country Fried heat up the Ship of Fools stage |

Good ol’ boys of Country Fried heat up the Ship of Fools stage

If nicknames are any indication of Friday’s musical offerings at the Ship of Fools, get ready to whoop it up and have a good ol’ time.Whiskey T, Red Stick, Big Country and Bourbon Brad make up Country Fried, the New Orleans-based acoustic quartet scheduled to play the Ship at 9 p.m. Friday.”Our music seems to go over well for anyone who appreciates roots music,” said lead vocalist Brian “Big Country” Ayres, whose singing style has been compared to that of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. “We do both covers from Hank Williams Sr., Roger Miller and Waylon along with originals – anything to keep the crowd dancing and singing.”Country Fried will play old country, bluegrass and roots tunes from its debut album release, “Nowhere No More,” which was among Where Y’at Magazine’s Best of 2004. The band was also voted best emerging artist in the songwriter-folk-country category of the 2005 Offbeat Magazine awards.”I’ve listened to their CD and they’re absolutely incredible,” said Travis Cunningham, entertainment director for Saturn/Infectious Records, who booked the show. “They are a well-orchestrated country band.”After Country Fried tours Colorado and New Mexico this month, the band will appear at the reputable New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.”We are playing one of the bigger stages with other country and zydeco musicians,” said Ayres, a childhood friend of bandmate Taylor Garrett, aka Red Stick. “We are all acoustic but we do some extended solos of old-time country. The four of us were all in jam bands and so much of the jam band scene is based on old country. We are more like anti-modern country.”Tickets for the Country Fried show are $5 at the door. Don’t leave home without those trucker and cowboy hats and a little honky tonk attitude.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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