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Two Dollar Pistols

After spending over a decade playing drums in various rock bands, singer/songwriter John Howie eventually exchanged his kit for a six-string acoustic guitar and a handful of broken-hearted, whisky-drinking country ballads to form Two Dollar Pistols. Taking a cue from old-time country-folk from the Sun Records era of the 1950s, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, Howie remained in his home state of North Carolina rather than jumping ship to the carbon-copy, commercialized country of Nashville. With the accompaniment of guitarists Greg Hawks and John Prince, drummer Chris Phillips (who can also be found behind the set in the Squirrel Nut Zippers), bassist Jack Campbell, fiddler Jon Kemppainen, and steel guitarist Steve Watson, Two Dollar Pistols' constant gigging was eventually rewarded with a deal on Hep-Cat Records, who put out their debut, On Down the Track, in 1997. Their follow-up, Step Right Up, was released the next year on Yep Roc. An EP of duets with Tift Merritt became a fan favorite, prompting Howie to make lineup changes. Guitarist Scott McCall, bassist Neal Spaulding, and drummer Mark Weaver joined the band and hit the road to promote the album. This lineup lasted into 2002, when the group recorded and released You Ruined Everything. Hands Up! followed two years later. ~ Mike DaRonco
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Track List: Here Tomorrow Gone Today

1. When It Was Over

2. Stranger Things Have Happened

3. Anyone Else But Me

4. Tortured Mind

5. Here Tomorrow, Gone Today

6. You Cleared Every Hurdle

7. I Still Need Her

8. I Don't Know You But I Don't Like You

9. Before I Was Knowing It

10. Were You Pushed Or Did You Fall?

11. She Lies All The Time

12. Nothing Left Of Me At All

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Track List: Hands Up!

1. Too Bad That You're Gone

2. Runnin' With The Fools

3. There Goes My Baby

4. Without Goodbye

5. Hands Up!

6. Lonely All Alone

7. Don't Start Me Wonderin'

8. How's Life (On Top Of The World)

9. It Doesn't Matter Much To Me

10. Like You Did

11. It's All Fun And Games (Til Someone Breaks A Heart)

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Track List: You Ruined Everything

1. You Ruined Everything

2. I Will

3. Gettin' Gone

4. That Someone Isn't Me

5. I Can See It In Your Eyes

6. All I Can Think Of Is You

7. Where Was Love (When You Needed Me)

8. In My Mind

9. You've Grown Tired Of Me

10. There Goes A Heartache

11. All The Good's Gone

12. The Other Side

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who is the girl on the hands up! album cover?
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great band. two other artists to listen to if you like two dollar pistols - I see Hawks in LA and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
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Check out John's new band, John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff...
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real country, great guitar licks and the twang rules
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Absolutely great! One of my favorite bands.
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There is a touch of Dave Alvin in those vocals; great stuff
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@Johnny Bush - maybe Junior Brown?
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sanders_93
Good stuff, first time I have heard em'!!! Fine guitar work!
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wbkcbutler
hey are u from cheyenne wy? I lived there til 88. please let me know.
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Mixed sounds of Johnny Bush, and someone I can not put my finger on.

Regardless, Great sound!!
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John Howie's bassy vocals are just as impressive live. Saw him at a little bar in Chapel Hill a few years back. GREAT show. The Two Dollar Pistol albums are also solid offerings and represent well what these guys can do on stage.
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One of my favorite bands. Just fantastic.
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franpoliti
great! What a wonderful wonderful sound!
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I like it,I like the old style of country anyway, stuff like Carrie Underwood, just don't cut it, this seems like real country.
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japhyrider54
john howie is a wonderful throw back, and a more wonderful man. Long live the 2 dollar pistols! if you ever happen to stop in chapel hill, n.c., you will walk right by him and won't know it. he is a good man!

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