Somewhere near the intersection of "Bon Ton Rouler" and the Clinch Mountain Back Step, you will find the Cowboys serving up their tasty musical gumbo. The Cadillac Cowboys - Ken Carlyle, T.J Weger, Eric "Flycatcher" Carlson, Don Cox, and Joe Martin - provide an infectious mix of original and classic songs in a style they like to call Gulf Coast Gumbo, a musical mixture deeply rooted in Americana, Country, Western Swing, Bluegrass and Zydeco. Their unique sound incorporates blazing fiddle, mournful steel guitar and rollicking accordion served alongside hot guitar licks and a kicking rhythm section. Take in the excitement of one of their live shows and enjoy a feast for the ears.
Meet The Cadillac Cowboys
- Ken Carlyle: Fiddle/Accordion/Mandolin/Guitar/Banjo/Vocals
- T J Weger: Guitar/Steel Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals
- Eric "Flycatcher" Carlson: Guitar/Vocals
- Don Cox: Doghouse Bass/Electric Bass
- Joe Martin: Drums/Rhythm
These guys have been making music and playing in bands most of their lives, but this lineup did not materialize as The Cadillac Cowboys until 2017. Years ago, Kenny fronted "Kenny Carlyle and the Cadillac Cowboys" in the Springfield, Illinois area playing college campuses, casinos and clubs throughout the region. After relocating to Florida, Kenny seemed ready to give up the hustle and bustle of the band scene and settle into Dunedin's laid-back lifestyle with a few solo gigs around town. Meanwhile, T.J., Don and Joe were playing with another local band, but searching for a creative outlet where they could perform more of their own original music and highlight TJ's songwriting. And Flycatcher was performing solo and duo acts in the area, getting the attention of music savvy locals. When Don and Kenny had the opportunity to play a duo together one night, the chemistry was unmistakable and it wasn't long before these two were talking about making original music together, inviting T.J., Flycatcher and Joe into the mix.
The depth of talent in the band gives songwriters Ken, T.. J. and Flycatcher a perfect creative outlet for their original lyrics and music. Currently performing throughout the Tampa Bay area, you can catch the band at local venues like Skipper's Smokehouse, The Independent Bar and Grill, Peggy's Corral, Woodwright Brewery, Brady's and many festivals and events throughout the area.
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