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The Nixons and Bowling For Soup plus Slow Roosevelt, SouthFM
The Nixons were founded in Oklahoma City by singer/guitarist Zac Maloy, guitarist Jesse Davis and bassist Ricky Brooks. The group released their debut EP Six in 1992 (after a self-titled album, released in 1990) on Dragon Street Records and replaced original drummer Tye Robison with John Humphrey, before releasing Halo in 1994 on Dallas-based Rainmaker Records. FOMA, released in 1995 on MCA Records, included the radio hits «Sister», " Happy Song", «Wire», and «Passion». The group capitalized on their success with big tours (about 300 shows a year), including dates with KISS, Slash's Snakepit, Brother Cane, Soul Asylum, Radiohead, and Toadies. Foma eventually peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard 200.
Bowling For Soup
If anyone had told Jaret, Erik, Chris or Gary that their little band, Bowling for Soup… The one formed over two decades ago to simply pass the time in small town Texas, would not only still be here, but will have accomplished feats usually reserved for those who take their musical endeavors more “seriously,” the laughter would have drowned out the eruption of a reasonably sized volcano.
With worldwide record sales in the hundreds of thousands; a few hit singles charted; a Grammy nomination to their credit and an international touring history most bands can only fantasize about, one can only wonder how the North Texas area quartet turned “beer is delicious” and the notion that farts are always funny into a longstanding career. BFS’s de factor leader, Jaret Reddick reminisces, “We never set out to be U2. We knew making a living at this was some time away, but two years in, after rehearsing 6-7 times per week, we knew we had something special.” Fast forward 22 years and Bowling For Soup have just released their 17th album, Drunk Dynasty.