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The Trickshooter Social Club musical lineage can be traced back to, not necessarily five albums, but two elements: The one I, IV, V chord progression and pure, unadulterated sincerity. It is these two things that brought us together. Inspired us to write what we do. And comes through the microphones of every recording session. It is, quite literally, the search for three chords and the truth that have made our heroes, our heroes. And the albums they make blueprints for us to follow. Here are five of them.
SOCIAL DISTORTION – SOCIAL DISTORTION
There is absolutely no denying the power of Mike Ness. His unabashed Les Paul through a pegged Marshall and unapologetic-stories of sordid street life, struck us cold. So seemingly easy. So impossibly inimitable. Songs like Bad Luck, Ball and Chain, and Story of my Life were tales of a past he was trying to put in his rearview and, as listeners, we so badly wanted to live through. And we did, through pull-no-punches lyrics and well-worn distortion pedals.
WILCO – A.M.
There is something to love about every incarnation of our alt-country forefathers. Be it Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Son Volt…etc. But at the end of the day, there is no finer mentors for three-chord, twang-laden tales of rural upbringings than the ones who created A.M. Sincere with its intentions and relentless in pursuit of capturing relatable, authentic moments, it is the unhinged genius that taught us to tell the truth and run like hell.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – NEBRASKA
If there’s nothing else we’d like to get across in this list and in the songs of Trickshooter Social Club, it’s our devotion to story. And to us, “Nebraska” will forever be the whiskey-soaked bible in finding the beauty and tragedy in economic hardship, crime, dysfunctional love, life on the road and escapism. Springsteen’s broken characters and portrayals of the American landscape became not only our standard of which we aspire to as songwriters but a deep part of our souls as people.
TOM PETTY – PACK UP THE PLANTATION LIVE
There isn’t anything that Tom Petty ever laid to wax, that shouldn’t be held up as a textbook guide to penning a great American rock song. Few songs break four minutes. Even fewer have more than three chords. But all cast an infinite amount of truth. We chose this live album because of its unbridled intensity and connectedness amongst each other–a transparent performance of a band in love with what they do and the effect their own words and notes have on them. Something that’s been instilled in us. And inherent in our live shows.
JACK WHITE – BLUNDERBLUSS
Listening to Jack White albums, to us, is akin to going to church. In it you will find psalms of truth, heartache, conflict, hope, love, loss and self-reflection. Clearly, someone with something to prove beyond the success of White Stripes and knowing sincerity was the only path to get there. Spinning tales of love and the torment within, these songs became a lesson in candor and the art of being genuine. From who you play with, to the tones you dial in and to the words you choose.
TRUTH BEYOND THE FIVE
Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind
Kiss – Destroyer
Leonard Cohen – Sings From A Room
Steve Earle – Corazon
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