Atomic Junkshot's fusion of country, rock and blues has seen the band called everything from "southern rockers" to "outlaw country rebels;" from "the worst band ever" to the “honky tonk love child of David Allan Coe and Blues Traveler;" from "cow-punk pricks" to "hillbilly rockers."
Influenced by artists including Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Rolling Stones and Billy Joe Shaver among others; Atomic Junkshot's story was born in the Midwest by frontman Lon Magenta. In the spirit of one of his musical heroes — the great Ray Wylie Hubbard — he wanted to pair a sarcastic lyrical edge with country rock sensibilities.
“Topics like love and hate, drinking, heartbreak," said Magenta. "We try to write songs about our own dysfunctional American realities and tell stories about the music that both inspires and pisses us off."
Noted for workmanlike shows, offbeat humor and an unbridled disdain for pop-country music — Atomic Junkshot has built a sturdy reputation across the U.S., Canada and Europe. The band’s lineup features Hal Edwards on lead guitar, Joey Mack on drums and keyboard, bassist Clay Mudd, Manny Jordan on banjo, cello and guitar; Joe Wray on harmonica, and Magenta on vocals and rhythm guitar.
After years of strictly playing in only honky tonks and adult entertainment venues, more recently the band has been appearing at festivals and clubs, presidential inaugurals, Grey Cups and bar mitzvahs; while avoiding high school graduations due to the "Kentucky incident" of 1998.
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