Sin City Presents Magazine January 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1 - Page 41

Every once in a while, we take a break from our regular rock spots and go check out someplace different. On this particular evening we went to check out the Gold Mine, not by any means a new place but someplace we had not checked out. Cute little joint with great seating on the patio and an outdoor stage. Playing that night was Thrillbilly Deluxe, a little bit of country music was just what the doctor ordered to wind down the busy holiday season. The bonus factor of checking out a new spot and a band you haven’t seen play is discovering talent you’ve not see before… thus our venture led us to this month’s Sin City Shredder, Troy Poe guitarist from Thillbilly Deluxe. Now I know what you’re thinking shred guitar and country music…. Seems like an oxy moron but make no mistake about it this cat can rip!

Hey Troy! Thank you for accepting our invitation this month to be our featured Shredder, What brought you to Sin City and how long have you called Las Vegas home?

I moved to Vegas in 2006 to work for Blue Man Group.

We saw you perform with Thrillbilly Deluxe can you tell us a little bit about the band and how you connected?

I’ve played with the band for about 6 years. We are a modern country 4-piece band with a rock edge. We cover modern country, rock and outlaw country as well as our own original material.

How would you describe Thrillbilly Deluxe to someone that's never seen you?

We’re a high-voltage country band geared to start the party. We can play almost anything and bring a high-energy approach.

We saw you tearing up some Carl Perkins licks at the Gold Mine.... who would you say are some of your biggest influences?

Definitely the rockabilly players like Carl, Chuck Berry and Brian Setzer. I was most influenced by blues players like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Clapton and love the rhythmic feel of Dickey Betts and Keith Richards, which all led me back to Delta Blues. But I grew up learning Roy Clark and Jerry Reed, so my playing style started with them.

Where can our readers purchase or download your music?

Thrillbilly has music on iTunes and Pandora and is always working on new material. I also have a solo album of original material coming out later this year.

Tell us a little bit about your background and career highlights.

I’ve been in several bands over the years doing country, rock, blues and other styles. So many great memories with so many great people! I’ve been very fortunate to get to meet, open for, and play with some great artists. The outdoor festivals are so much fun and it’s cool that my sons Myles and Dylan can see me play on those big stages. It was awesome headlining The House of Blues with Thrillbilly Deluxe last fall. We had a blast!

Do you feel like you're able to be the musician / artist you want to be or do you find yourself continually competing for the next gig?

I enjoy what we create together and don’t really think about competing with other players or acts. I play for me, the band, and the audience; so, it’s more about being in the moment with the guys while we’re playing and making that connection with our audience.