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Good Charlotte plays too many chords/And Toby Keith couldn't cry in his beer, complains self-described ex-punk and honky-tonk picker Adam Cox of Cletus Got Shot. Though they wore that cowboy hat, they're more punk-rock than me, he continues, heralding Willie, Hank and Cash on a song titled "Punk Rock." Like many of its similar-aged peers, Cletus Got Shot has bypassed rock for country, favoring a string-band approach to explore a kitchen sink of influences. The band is reminiscent of the Avett Brothers, but it's not just the sweet harmonies, unusual subject matter or boisterous twang that wins the day for Cletus. It's also the high-spirited swagger that cops punk's anything-goes attitude. The Fayetteville, Arkansas, quartet is supporting its self-titled debut, which bubbles with energy and smarts, ranging from the late-night backwoods swing of "Desperation Blues" to the rocket-fueled bluegrass of "Love 'em and Leave 'em." - Chris Parker Kansas City Pitch
Talented? Sure. Resourceful? Most definitely.
The band members of Cletus Got Shot did not start with much in the fall of 2007 when they played acoustic sets on Tuesday nights at Maxine's Tap Room in Fayetteville.
They had the ability to play a large venue, but not the equipment to share their alternative form of bluegrass and hill country music.
So they took their music to the city's streets, going to such places as the patio at Tables & Ale and the Fayetteville Farmers' Market.
"The farmers market is a great opportunity because it's instant feedback because if you play a song and it doesn't get anyone's attention, no one pays attention. They just keep walking."
These days, the crowds walk less and stop and watch more -- that is if they can keep their feet from stomping out a rhythm of one the band's fast-paced songs for sets that can last up to five hours.
As for the group's name? It was the brain child of its former banjo player, a man affectionately known as "Possum."
"It was entertaining and catchy," Landry said. "Its catchiness is it's kind of like a trailer park headline. 'Hey, Cletus got shot!' 'Really? Wow.'"
"Honestly, the first year, I hated that name," Cox said, "but it kind of grows on you after awhile."
Apparently just like the group's popularity. - Steve Schmidt, Northwest Arkansas Times
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