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"We've become much more of a serious band," says Two Dollar Pistols front man John Howie. "It's less of a hobby and more like a job - in a good way." Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Yep Roc Records is releasing the hard-working group's third full-length studio album, "Hands Up!" in mid-May, the follow-up to 2002's successful "You Ruined Everything." Ace producer Brian Paulson (Son Volt, Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo) worked his magic on "Hands Up!," incorporating subtle pop touches to the Pistols' trademark country-soul sound.  ...
Two Dollar Pistols frontman John Howie Jr. knows things haven't been exactly peachy keen when a smashed windshield helps to best sum up his past year. In July, his father died at age 68 following open-heart surgery. Former Pistols bassist Ellen Gray Rutter, just 41 years old, passed away in early August after a long battle with breast cancer. And earlier this year, Howie went through a painful breakup with a woman he'd been dating since his divorce two years ago.  ...
Things appear to be looking up for the nearly ever changing Two Dollar Pistols. Up as in "Step Right Up," the bandıs new disc, but also in terms of making a name for themselves outside their home of Chapel Hill, N.C. John Howie, nearly the only consistent figure in the hard core country/honky tonk bandıs career, has put together personnel more to his liking for the group that recently released the live disc for the indy Yep Roc label. "My goal was to have country musicians in this band  ...


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