Mud, Blood & Beer is a New York City-based alt-country, roots-rock, twang-core band that has been kicking around since early 2007, playing at some of the best dive bars that Gotham has to offer, including the Rodeo Bar, Hill Country, the Knitting Factory, and the Lakeside Lounge. The band carries on the spirit of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks, and Jason & The Nashville Scorchers. The name Mud, Blood & Beer is cribbed from a line in Johnny Cash’s classic “A Boy Named Sue”: “Kicking and a’ gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer” and is a perfectly apt description of who we are and the music we make.
Our self-titled debut disk is simultaneously loose in vibe but tight in musicianship, giving the feeling that it poured from the band like a satisfying cold draft beer chaser to a shot of Kentucky bourbon. We aim for these wise and weary tunes to be the soundtrack to your drinking, fighting, and fun. Recorded by Wayne Dorell of the Pigeon Club in Hoboken, New Jersey, from November 2008 to February 2009, our debut melds Americana and punk rock into a crazy rock & roll machine we call Mud, Blood & Beer.
The band consists of New York City music scene veterans Jess Hoeffner (guitar, vocals), Stephen Swalsky (bass), Jon Glover (guitar, vocals), and Stephen Sperber (drums).