High energy southern rock blending Memphis blues with a steady Arkansas country handshake. Meet the ShotGunBillys. The band hails from the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. They were nurtured on the sounds that made Memphis great but have carved a distinct sound that blends it all.
Lance McDaniel (lead vocals, guitar), David Snell (backing vocals, bass), and Case Cooper (drums, percussion) started playing together as the ShotGunBillys in 2008 but it wasn’t a straight and narrow path. Lance and David were bandmates in touring outfit the Chase Buchanan Band until 2002. During these years Memphis native Copper was honing his blues rock drum chops with the rocking Florida party band Hubba Hubba and other acts along the Sunshine state’s Gulf Coast. The constant road life shaped the songwriting, musicianship, and work ethic of the trio.
While Lance embarked on a Christian career in the mid-2000s, David was lighting up Arkansas with rockers TJ Scarlett and raking up area awards. But the pair kept reuniting to write music and perform an occasional show together. In 2008 their collaboration, “Let’s Get Country” landed a spot on the soundtrack to The River Within. Fate would have it that when they decided to heed the call to form a band, Case moved back to town and ShotGunBillys were born.
The ShotGunBillys debuted with BAM! in 2014 gaining fans and radio airplay. Make no mistake The ShotGunBillys are all the good sounds southern music has to offer. They can be found rocking out with Black Oak Arkansas’ Jim Dandy just as surely as jamming with The Bar-Kays’ James Alexander. Their song “Sic My Hogs on You,” a tribute anthem to Arkansas Razorback tradition and players has more than 20,000 views.
Over the past 20 years the ShotGunBillys have played across the South delivering the same double-barrel thrills whether they are playing before one fan in a sleepy Arkansas roadhouse or 15,000 at Daytona Bike Week.