The warm day in Fort Wayne didn’t match the hot night at the Phoenix when Hillbilly Casino hit the stage with their unique blend of honkytonk and psychobilly.
Hillbilly Casino is a four-piece rockabilly group from Nashville, Tennessee. Hillbilly Casino’s frontman, Nic Roulette, is a unique performer on stage. He never stops moving on stage, he kicks, dances, and jumps his way through their sets. His voice is beautiful and yet powerful.
Hillbilly Casino consists of Ronnie Crutcher who plays guitar and banjo. Ronnie has played with Brian Setze and most recently has worked on the new Drake Bell album. Geoff Firebaugh tears it up on upright bass and boasts the most fantastic bright red mohawk ever seen as well as some equally impressive tattoos. Matthew Arnn is amazing on drums, he adds a bunch of flavor and bang to the group.
It has been nearly a year since Hillbilly Casino has been to Fort Wayne, Indiana where Nic grew up and honed his frontman skills with local legends The Blue Moon Boys. They have quite the hometown following and shows here are never boring.
The band was on fire on Saturday and definitely brought their A-game. They played a monstrously long set, as they are known to do, and then took a small break before coming back for about another half hour. They ended the night with their version of Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher.
The Hillbilly Casino is a staple in Nashville at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn and they have opened for acts such as Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rev. Horton Heat, Rancid, Los Straightjackets, Southern Culture on the Skids, and many more. They tour often and headline their own shows all over the U.S. and abroad as well as joining in festivals such as Muddy Roots.
Hillbilly Casino’s mixture of Honkytonk, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, and straight up Rock n’ Roll will leave you wanting more. They are all talented professional and dedicated musicians and downright nice guys. These boys put on an electric show that will not disappoint. Be on the lookout for them to come to your area and let them rock your socks off.