Bourbon House
Bourbon House - Too High To Care

By Dave Schwartz

Wisconsin is famous for trees, rolling hills, crisp air and people living honest lives.  Integrity and a strong work ethic is commonplace in the people.  In the midst of all this is Bourbon House, a young band that is making noise in the entertainment industry.  Lacey Crowe (vocals), Jason Clark (guitar), Aric "Sheek" ChilCote (bass) and Ryan Sargent (drums, percussion) have become adept at writing great songs and garnering deserved attention. 

Lacey Crowe called into DaBelly so we could discuss their new single.  Check out the interview. 

DB:  Well first of all, I’ll admit that this is the first time I’ve heard of Bourbon House.  So, the PR announcement hits my desk and it's talking about “Devil on My Heels” and “Too High to Care.”  I turn on your latest video, “Too High to Care” and I’m very impressed.  Congratulations on the song.

LC:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  We’re really excited about it.

DB:  Yeah, talk a little about putting the song together and releasing it.

LC:  Me and Jason (Clark) are typically the song writers.  He’s the guitarist.  We wrote that song in the living room on an acoustic guitar and then developed it from there when we got the entire band together.  We just wanted to write a fun rock song, you know?  There’s nothing overly profound about it.  It’s just fun.  We recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit, MI with engineer Steve Lehane (The Black Dahlia Murder, Citizen Zero) and that was our first time there.  Awesome studios, lots of people have gone through there.

DB:  Your engineer, Steve Lahane has worked with many people and in such a wide variety of musical styles.

LC:  Yeah, he’s all over the place.

DB:  Yeah, it’s surprising to me.  I never would’ve expected him on your music.  Talk a little bit about working with him and what he brought to your music.

LC:  He’s a super cool guy.  Right off the bat, we were clicking.  We felt relaxed already.  All of that is definitely a plus when you’re recording.  He’s also strange -- in the best way. I hope he sees this and asks, like what do you mean? (laughs)  He thinks about some offbeat stuff that we really didn’t think of doing.  Not particularly with “Too High to Care” but with some of the other songs we recorded.  There was some really cool and different stuff.  He added some synth to one of the songs which is definitely strange for us but it totally works in the song for some reason.  He was really great to work with and because he likes so many styles of music, he is able to hear what a song could use to add a little more danger.  That’s actually how he phrased it -- adding a little more danger.

DB:  That’s kind of clever.  Lahane is such an interesting choice to pair with your music.  I love the results.  I know you refer to your music as blues-infused psychedelic groove rock, and it is.  In many ways it is also blue jean wearing, seat of the pants rock’n’roll and very refreshing.  Lahane fits it perfectly.

LC:  Yeah, yeah thanks.  It’s all about personalities, you know?  It definitely helps.

DB:  I’m going to ask this off the top of my head, I actually don’t have this detail in my notes.  This is going to be your third album?

LC:  This is just a single that we will be including in an album that we put out later this year.  We'll probably release a few more singles from it and then later this year we’ll put them all into an album.  We released "Bourbon House" (ep) in 2017 and "Wild Abandon" (lp) 2018.  So, technically this is our fourth release – two albums and “Devil on My Heels (single) in 2019 and now “Too High to Care” (single) in 2020.

Lacey CroweDB:  You mentioned your previous single, “Devil on My Heels.” Obviously that song brought you a great deal of success. It was  quickly featured on multiple rock radio stations around the world.  It reached the number 1 spot on the indie charts in Australia and the number 2 spot in the UK.  You also received a shout-out endorsement from Eddie Trunk on Trunk Nation which is a big deal for any young band.  This all doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

LC:  No, and it has been getting better and better with each release.  All of that was kind of why we decided to release a single again this time.  It’s a lot easier for us as an independent band to promote one thing.  We don’t want the other songs to get lost.  We like all of our songs and think that our fans will like them too so we want to give each song some attention.  So every release is getting better and we’re getting some attention for it and working with different people.  We’ve got Amanda (Cagen, PR Agent) working with us this time and we’ve got a new booking agent.

DB:  You’ve already hinted a bit at my next question which is about being an independent band and scratching their way through the muck.  Every young band has to find their way to the daylight of getting their song on the radio or getting noticed by an important figure in the music business like Eddie Trunk.  How did that all come together?  Looking back a year, was there something that sort of triggered all this attention for you?

LC:  We started by trying to connect with people we were pretty sure were going to like us.  We don’t just spam a bunch of radio stations or anything like that.  I think that is really important in building your fan base because you can like, reach anybody.  You can reach anybody now.  I just felt that Trunk would like us based on who he promotes and listens to.  We’ve had a lot of really cool radio DJs that either I’ve reached out to or they found us through Twitter or whatever.  We’re very active on social media.  We try to actually find fans by connecting to them.

DB:  That’s a great approach and it’s been working for you this far.  You had a tour planned for 2020 and for obvious reasons were all sitting on the sidelines hoping for October when a few dates might start popping up.  Talk a little about the tour that was canceled, whether or not you’ve rescheduled and how you’re going to approach 2021.

LC:  We were planning just a smaller tour – an East Coast thing. That was supposed to happen in early May.  Obviously we were about halfway through booking it when things fell apart.  And also, we were booking the tour ourselves which takes a lot of time, effort and back and forth.  Suddenly, Covid-19.  It came in like a storm and ruined it all.  We haven’t rescheduled anything yet.  Actually we now just talked to a booking agent and got on his roster.  Plans are right now to have a little tour in October in the south, southern USA.  It will be a couple weeks.  A string of 10-12 shows.  We’ll come back from it and try to go out again in a couple months.

DB:  If you don’t mind, I’ll share for a moment here.  I’m from Milwaukee.

LC:  Oh, nice.

DB: I left many years ago.  Reading over your bio you mention playing Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee…  You appear to be doing exactly what bands did back in the day -- put together a band, play 4 or 5 states and doing what you can to get in front of people.  I’m happy to see the tradition continues in the Midwest.

LC:  Oh yeah, absolutely and there are a ton of bands.  I don’t know what the health of the club scene is going to be after this but…  We shall see.  I hope that we don’t lose too many independent venues that support independent bands.  But I imagine that we will lose a couple, which sucks.

DB:  Yes, 2020 has been a rough year for all aspects of music. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is happening.  We still might be 12 months from live, in person music.  When this all comes back we may find a very different music venue landscape.  Obviously this pandemic is a horrible thing for everyone.  When it comes to the music industry, smaller bands, independent musicians and music venues are taking the worst beating.

LC:  Agreed.  I did an interview earlier today and he made some comments that I actually agree with.  He felt there would be a lot of DIY venues and tiny little festivals that will pop up this summer.  But we’re going to have to wait and see what happens to the music venues.

I want to thank Lacey from Bourbon House for sharing a moment with DaBelly.  Check out their new single, “Too High to Care” and don’t forget to visit the socials! 

No. Title Length
1. "Too High To Care" 3:38

  • Release:  April 17th, 2020
    Independent Release
Bourbon House - Too High To Care 

Bourbon House is:

Lacey Crowe (lead vocals)
Jason Clark (guitar)
Ryan Sargent (drums)
Johnny Pries (bass)

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