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PHOTOS: Roots Rock’s Hellbound Glory Packs Sparks Lounge


Hellbound Glory, a band with a huge local following, recently played a show at the Sparks Lounge to a packed house.

The American country and roots rock band was formed by singer/song writer Leroy Virgil in Reno in 2008. Primarily a duo when playing local shows, Hellbound Glory turns into a four-piece band, sometimes even bigger, when on the road.

I recently asked the band just how they came up with such an awesome and catchy name. They replied, “We came up with the name from a song by Hank Williams Jr. … ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.’”

Recent members have included Virgil (lead vocals, guitar, drum) and Eric “Rico” Peterson (lap steel guitar). Touring members include Adam Kowalski (bass), Chad Kortan (drums), Johnnie Fingers (guitar), Nick Swimley (guitar), Frank Medina (bass), and TJ Byrnes (bass).

Hellbound Glory played three sets at the Sparks Lounge. The set list went something like this:

Set One

“Long Haired Country Boy” (Charlie Daniels Band cover), “Pinball,” “What’s This World Coming To,” “Lonesome, On’ry & Mean” (Waylon Jennings cover), “Jackson Hole/Jackson” (Johnny Cash cover), “Drinking On The Job,” “Cli-che Country Singer.”

Set Two

“Goin’ Down The Road” (Greatful Dead cover), “Sun Valley Blues,” “Drink Till The Bottles Empty,” “Are You Ready For Some Country” (Neil Young cover), “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” (Lead Belly cover), “Scumbag Country,” “My Baby’s Sugar Daddy,” and “Ring Of Fire” (Johnny Cash cover).

Set Three

“Honky Tonk Man,” “Fishin’ Blues” (Taj Mahal cover), “Poqchin,” “Delta Dawn” (Helen Reddy cover), “Woman I Never Had” (Hank Williams Jr. cover), “Mountian Lion Lament,” “Got My Mojo Workin'” (Muddy Waters Cover), “Cross Roads Blues” (Robert Johnson cover) and “That’s Country.”

Special guest appearance for this show included, Carlos Casiano (bass), Randy Theobald (keys), and Alex Spencer (washboard).

Be sure to pick up a copy of the band’s newest album “Pinball” due out Oct. 13, 2017

And remember to always support your local bands and venues … Go to a Show!

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.