By Cristin Ross
Steve Rice, singer for the country band No Justice, doesn’t know why the band’s never played Jacksonville before.
“We’ve played shows pretty nearly everywhere in Texas,” he said. “I can’t believe we haven’t been in Jacksonville before.”
No Justice will remedy that conundrum on Sept. 13, when the band plays the first-ever Music in the Mud Festival at Mud Creek Off Road Park in Jacksonville.
“We’ve had a lot of people check in on our Myspace site, talking it up. It sounds like it’s going to be a great time,” Rice said. “I don’t ride myself. I’m noticing as I get older, I think twice about doing extreme sports. I have to have all my limbs working to keep up with what we’re doing now.”
Rice, lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist, and the rest of the band — newcomer Joey Trevino on bass; Brandon Jackson on vocals/rhythm guitar; Jerry Payne on lead guitar and Armando Lopez on drums — hail from Stillwater, Okla., where’s it’s understood if you’re coming out of there, it better be about the music.
“Since we started together in 2001, we’ve been exploring different sounds,” Rice said. “What we came up with is a sort of Americana-Southern Rock blend —probably more rock influence, but with a definite country flavor. It’s hard to classify it, but it’s a pretty distinct sound.”
Rice said some have classified the sound as the Red Dirt genre — “an equal opportunity employer to all styles of music, the sound is difficult to describe to someone looking for the comfort of labels,” he explains.
Whatever you call it, it’s apparently working for them.
“We play probably 200 shows a year,” Rice said. “And cover 10 states.”
By Cristin Ross
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