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Texas Hippie Coalition Talks 4/20, Southern Fried Rock, And New Album "Peacemaker"

When your band's initials are T.H.C. and you've got an album named "Rollin," it's pretty clear what direction your music is heading towards. But no one could mistake front man Bid Dad Ritch and his Texas Hippie Coalition as actually being a hippie commune out to spread the love, as new album "Peacemaker" is just as much about being an outlaw as it is about the sex and drugs - but more importantly, it's about the rock and roll!

Whether you want to call it "red dirt metal," "Southern fried Texas rock," or just "something to listen to while smoking up," T.H.C. combines a little of everything for a rock/metal melting pot that garners fans from across the musical spectrum. To find out more about the new album, what T.H.C. will be doing to celebrate the month of April 2020, and the band's "rough" process for writing new songs, check out the full interview with Big Dad Ritch below.

xFiruath: It was recently brought to my attention that in the year 2020 it will be 4/20 for an entire month. What will Texas Hippie Coalition be doing to celebrate that momentous occasion?

Big Dad Ritch: Well we won't be working that month. Unless High Times magazine HIGHER'S me, get it HIGHER. Kiddin, THC will be smokin... Maybe a month long festival featuring the great smokers of all time. Willie Nelson could headline, Snoop dog main support, THC as the opener, with Cheech ‘n Chong as the hosts. Got myself excited I'm looking forward to that gig.

xFiruath: T.H.C. is definitely a rock band, but there’s obviously heavy metal present there too. What sort of music do you call Texas Hippie Coalition, and which group do you seem to draw the most fans from?

Big Dad Ritch: Yeah, some call it red dirt metal, others refer to it as Southern fried Texas rock. It's hard to genre assign this band and I believe it has to do with our vast influences. Starting with the Outlaw's Waylon n Willie, the man in black Johnny Cash, southern rock legends ZZtop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, party bands Motley Crue, Cinderella, powergroove of Pantera, Corosion of Conformity, and Clutch. When a fan says man did I hear a little Cash in there, it makes you go “damn that shined through.” I also believe this is the same reasons our fan base is so diverse. You'll see cowboys, bikers, blue collar, rednecks, Nascar fans, WWE fans, UFC fans, college kids, and parents. Our fans are badass they have their own chapters worldwide, their organized, and they wave the THC flag high ‘n proud.

xFiruath: How does the band usually write new music?

Big Dad Ritch: We Bar-B-Q, do a little smokin’ on the grill, drink some, write some, smoke on the grill some more. It's a rough process sometimes it takes us days.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the new album “Peacemaker.” How does this sound in comparison to the “Rollin” album?

Big Dad Ritch: The difference in this album is that where before there were barbwire or boundaries, well we just cut that barbwire and went open range. If it sounded too country, too heavy, too dated, I love that one when someone says that song is to dated. Shut the hell up. Didn't matter to us, if it felt right the track was getting laid.

xFiruath: What’s going on in your local rock and metal scene lately?

Big Dad Ritch: Really the local scene where we come from is small, it’s a small Podunk town. But it has great talent. Such as country music’s Spur 503, Robby White’ n the Texas Gringo's, blues Badass Jason Elmore, Oliver White, and local rockers RedShift. I try to catch a show every time I'm lucky enough to be home.

xFiruath: What upcoming live shows do you have?

Big Dad Ritch: Hittin’ the road like Chong hits the bowl, hard. Got some dates coming up with Lynyrd Skynyrd, so looking forward to that. The bill is Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, and THC. Talk about a Southern uprising.

xFiruath: Have you seen anything interesting at a live show lately?

Big Dad Ritch: Ol' dude rolling a doobie on the stage while we were performing. He did pass it to me first.

xFiruath: What bands and albums are you listening to lately, and what releases are you most looking forward to this year?

Big Dad Ritch: Been jammin’ Cody Canada and the dearly departed. Can't wait for the new Rob Zombie. Turn it up! Test positive for THC!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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