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By Melissa Buckley
Special to The PREVIEW
Micky & the Motorcars were born to make music and share it on the road — something they’ve done masterfully for the last 11 years.
They’ll rev up the crowd at Outlaw Snowdown, when they headline night two of the alt-country festival held in a heated tent in Pagosa Springs Town Park Feb. 8 and 9.
Led by frontman Micky Braun and his guitarist brother, Gary, the Motorcars have followed family tradition when it comes to earning their keep. Their brothers Willy and Cody head up Reckless Kelly — another successful Americana Rock band — and all four cut their teeth in their father’s Western Swing Band which toured the United States, made two appearances on The Tonight Show and even played The Grand Ol’ Opry.
Founded in Idaho in 2002, and playing over 200 dates a year, Micky & the Motorcars motor through Colorado from their new home base of Austin, Texas, quite a bit. The Centennial state makes cameos in some of the songs Micky pens as a result. Sincere songwriting and raw, emotional delivery have helped earn the band several Top 10 singles on the Texas country charts. It will no doubt earn them legions of new fans at Outlaw Snowdown.
Opening the show on Saturday night is Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition out of Oklahoma. Their rocking brand of Red Dirt music will start the evening off on a high note and is not to be missed. Doors will open Saturday at 4 p.m. with The Last Call Coalition taking the stage at 4:30.
Other artists performing at Outlaw Snowdown this year include Shooter Jennings, Whitey Morgan and the 78s, Lydia Loveless, Fifth on the Floor, Caitlin Cannon+the Artillery and Brooks-I.
Tickets for the two-day festival are $75 and can be purchased online at outlawsnowdown.com/tickets. Single-day wristbands will be available at the door, space permitting, and will run walk-up patrons $50. Outlaw Snowdown is an 18-over event.
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