The roadhouse music of The American Vagrants

If you're one of the many people that moved to southern California from some other place, you might have a hard time making the people back home understand what an odd area southern California is. Orange County in particular is a strange place to try to explain. After all, how do you explain the fact that Orange County is a collection of suburbs that don't really surround a big city? In fact, a lot of Orange County is suburban enough to make the Cleaver family blush. For that reason, it's pretty unusual to see a band categorize itself as Americana Roadhouse. Let's face it: Orange County isn't exactly a hotbed for roadhouses.

Still, The American Vagrants is a band from Huntington Beach that categorizes itself on ReverbNation as country and Americana Roadhouse. It's a pretty apt description even if roadhouses are hard to come by in this part of the world. The first band that comes to mind when listening to The American Vagrants is The Twangbangers. The melody and the vocals are both reminiscent of the good-time honky-tonk sound of The Twangbangers. The first song on the band's ReverbNation is "He Gone", and this song will get you wanting to two-step with the nearest person. Of course it's not recommended to start two-stepping if the nearest person is your HR representative.

Like any good roadhouse band, this one has a song about drinking. Specifically, it has a song about taking your beer to bed. Part of the reason for taking the beer to bed is that it keeps the narrator cool when he gets hot. That seems particularly fitting with the hot days we've had recently. In fact, you might be tempted to take your own beer to bed to keep cool. Another praise for beer in this song is that it's the only thing in the narrator's life that doesn't fuss or fight. The guy makes a good point.

Another oddity about this band is that recorded versions of the songs are a rare commodity. The band has only three songs on its ReverbNation page, and only two very short videos on YouTube. That rarity seems only to make the band more desirable. For example, if you see this band playing near you, you should definitely go and check it out because it might be a while before you'll get another opportunity to hear more than three songs by this band.