“The 40 Acre Mule formed in 2015, but the band’s revivalist boogie-woogie points to a healthy appreciation for 20th century rock & rollers like Chuck Berry. A horny hell-raiser punctuated by saxophone solos, guitar riffs, and a raucous rockabilly shuffle, “Bathroom Walls” is a fresh take on a familiar sound, tied together with a risqué storyline about restroom graffiti and late-night trysts.”
"It used to be called boogie-woogie. It used to be called rhythm & blues. Now, they call it rock & roll "
Chuck Berry’s words are at the very heart of Roots Rock & Roll 5-piece, THE 40 ACRE MULE! The self-described “Rhythm & Blues Outfit” are a powerhouse of vintage revival with a reputation for seamlessly blurring the lines between country, soul and rock audiences with songwriting that borders between blues drenched heartbreak and an old school riot in the streets!
Influenced by the pillars of Rhythm & Blues like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Ray Charles and inspired by recent artists such as J.D. McPherson, Nathaniel Rateliff and Gary Clark Jr., THE 40 ACRE MULE – J. Isaiah Evans: Guitar & Vocals, Robert Anderson: Drums, Tim Cooper: Bass, Chris Evetts: Baritone Sax & Percussion, and John Pedigo: Guitar & Vocals - quickly built their own unique sound by blending vintage Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and just a touch of Country. It was a sound that soon caught on with The James Hunter Six, The Reverend Horton Heat, Eleven Hundred Springs, Ken Bethea of Old 97s, Alejandro Escovedo, Rosie Flores and more.
Since forming in Dallas, Texas in 2015, THE 40 ACRE MULE has built a loyal following the old-fashioned way, they earned it! Playing countless bars and packed clubs, they watched crowds grow mainly by word of mouth. As the crowds caught on, so did the likes of legendary promoter Scott Beggs and Jim Heat (The Reverend Horton Heat) who gave THE 40 ACRE MULE their first break with an opening slot at a SOLD-OUT show at Dallas’ legendary Bomb Factory. From there, opportunities to open for more superstars of roots music came along helping THE 40 ACRE MULE spread their brand of Rhythm & Blues music.
Playing to such diverse crowds has made their fan base explode. "We’ve gone from 10 or 15 friends in a dive bar on a Tuesday to playing full-on festivals without even having an album out yet. That says something. I think we’re making music that people from all walks of life…country fans, soul fans, rockabilly fans…find comfortable and familiar. It’s because all those genres can trace their roots to Rhythm & Blues, the very backbone of Rock & Roll ", says J. Isaiah Evans
After years of putting in the work, THE 40 ACRE MULE followed in the footsteps of good friends and emerging Americana stars, The Vandoliers and Joshua Ray Walker, and signed with State Fair Records. After that, the good times kept rollin’ with appearances at Gruene Hall, The Continental Club, Dallas' Home-Grown Festival and more! Now, after touring the U.S, with Old 97s, The Delta Bombers and more, THE 40 ACRE MULE are ready to shake up the Americana world with a brand of rock & roll like no other!
“This quintet blends country, soul, and blues seamlessly...following a map drawn by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Ray Charles, The 40 Acre Mule put their own twist on these well-worn roads”
“The 40 Acre Mule get it done. They are a ‘roll-up-the-sleeves, turn-things-up-to-eleven level band that can do the rock thing while musically acknowledging the different roads their sound has traveled on Goodnight and Good Luck.”
“Raw, heartfelt and full of promise, it’s as solid a debut as this writer has heard in all my years of covering music...The 40 Acre Mule hit on all cylinders on Goodnight & Good Luck. You’ll want to savor every thoughtful lyric, note and beat…and you’ll want to hear a lot more from this band soon.”