In the summer of 2006, Fifth on the Floor played their first show in a
small bar in Central Kentucky. The band was a different beast than it
is today: originally six members strong, FOTF reveled in up-tempo songs
about women and libation, influenced equally by Creedence Clearwater
Revival and Jerry Lee Lewis, by Hank Williams and the Band. Their first
record, 2007’s The Color of Whiskey, did not belie its name in the
slightest. Songs like “Out at the Bar” and “My Young Life” focused on
Saturday night glory, while songs like “Man of my Vice” and “Last Night
in Memphis” pointed to the more serious themes the band moved towards in
Fifth on the Floor quickly started garnering attention for their
high-energy live shows. Word of mouth put the band further and further
from their home state of Kentucky, while the high volume of shows
allowed the band to focus its multitude of influences into a cohesive
sound. 2010’s Dark and Bloody Ground showed this, nodding at styles
ranging from southern rock to blues to bluegrass while maintaining the
sound the band had become known for. The record garnered incredible
press. Shooter Jennings offered that “Albums like Dark and Bloody
Ground and songs like ‘Distant Memory Lane’ should be included in the
handbook for new country music listeners,” and No Depression called the
record “an album that, like Second Helping or The Southern Harmony and
Musical Companion will be the defining record of the decade for the
genre.” The band’s exponential fanbase led to shows opening for the
Marshall Tucker Band, Lucero, Dale Watson and Blackberry Smoke, as well
as several headlining tours throughout the South and the Midwest.
Elements of numerous roots styles show in the band’s music, but Fifth
on the Floor’s live show, featuring Aaron “Laser” Graham, Jason
Parsons, Matty Rodgers and Justin Wells, is undoubtedly a rock show.
The ferocity of the band’s live performances combines with the strength
of their collective song-writing on their upcoming record. The album,
produced by Shooter Jennings, is due in late 2012.
If you haven’t seen a Fifth on the Floor show, buy a ticket right
now. The band’s rowdy rock and roll is everything you’d expect from
four Kentucky gentlemen.
HEYOOOH!!! Best have your best dance'n shoes on and your beer held high! Rickett Pass is built of 4 everyday bastards lookin to RIP up some tunes and have one hell of a hangover in the mornin'. We could tell you some long drawn out story of our lives but thats boring and takes away time from shoot'n whiskey and play'n tunes. So come out and party with us, and if you want our story "I'll pull my fist outchya mouf and you can ask" smiles, see ya there.
your Bluegrass Bastards.... Rickett Pass