Words by Julie Seger. Photos by Justin Landau.
This Wednesday’s Rocket Shop featured music from Waylon Speed, a rock, country, metal band playing Nectar’s this Friday night. Featuring brothers Justin and Noah Crowther along with Kelly Ravin and “Reverend Chitwood Hammaker,” Waylon Speed is a fusion of full rhythms, silky harmonies and the four guys who make it all happen. As they warmed up for their spot on the Rocket Shop, I caught a few tunes and asked a few questions.
The members of Waylon Speed met in Burlington. They quickly drew a large fan base from playing an impressive number of shows. Waylon Speed has toured all over the country, hoping to get their music out there and let it be heard. Their experience ranges from massive events like Gathering of the Vibes all the way to local favorites like Nectar’s, where Waylon Speed has rocked it plenty of times. Expect a range of influences from Iron Maiden to the The Drive-By Truckers. With plenty of technical skills, every member contributes to songs. There’s an apparent closeness in the group as they each jam to warm up together with soft but thoroughly rockin’ solos.
Waylon Speed promises to bring “a whole lot of ruckus,” this Friday at Seven Days’ “Burlington Bands 101” starting at 9 PM at Nectar’s. Be sure to check them out!
‘Rocket Shop’ is Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, every Wednesday night 8-9pm on 105.9 The Radiator or streaming on theradiator.org.