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Dead Dick Hammer

Bowling Green, KY | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Bowling Green, KY | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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The 8th annual Dr. Gangrene’s Horror Hootenanny was held Saturday October 8th 2011 at THE MUSE in Nashville, TN. This year’s event was a huge success, and a ton of fun. The Daves asked me to give a report on this year’s event, which I was happy to do!

The Horror Hootenanny originally began as a fundraiser for my show, Dr. Gangrene’s Creature Feature. At that time I was buying airtime from the local UPN station to air my program, and selling sponsor time to cover the cost. It was an ongoing struggle to sell ads and collect money, on top of shooting and producing a weekly show, and I was getting worn out, honestly. Jeano Roid from the Creeping Cruds came up with the idea of a “benefit” show featuring several bands to raise money to keep us on the air. It went over well, was a success with all the bands, and became an annual event everyone looked forward to. Over the years my show changed stations and I no longer needed to buy commercial space, so we switched the Hootenanny from a benefit show to an annual entertainment event and were able to start paying out of town bands more. All of which is a long-winded way of bringing you up to date on the hootenanny and what it’s all about.

Setting the stage for Dr. Gangrene’s annual Hootenanny!

I got to the Muse around 4pm and met Jeano there to start decorating. We strung Halloween lights throughout the place along with a full assortment or Halloween props: spider webs, a full sized skeleton, severed body parts, skulls, etc. I also set up a video projector this year and had horror trailers and movies playing throughout the event. I had a handful of posters from Rue Morgue Magazine that I hung around the place too. We finished decorating about an hour before doors opened. Boomer, drummer for the Creeping Cruds, and I drove and grabbed a quick bite to eat and got back before the doors opened. I made a quick costume change, put in my contacts, slapped on a little makeup and I was good to go.

The Darker side of Gangrene…

For the Hootenanny and other music events (including when my own band plays) I don’t usually dress as Dr. Gangrene. The main reason is I like to keep everything separated, so I don’t get too burned out. It gives me a nice release from the Dr. Gangrene gig, and a different creative outlet. It’s fun to dress in different outlandish costumes and this year I decided to channel a combination of Alice Cooper and Screaming Jay Hawkins and went with a bit of a witchdoctor getup, including carrying a staff with a skull on the end that I named HANK (in tribute to Screaming Jay’s skull on a stick named Henry).

Screamin Jay Hawkins!

This year’s hoot was a Zombie themed event. We worked in conjunction with the Nashville Zombie walk and held the Hootenanny the same day. The walk was at 4 and the doors to the Hootenanny opened at 7. We added an extra band to this year’s lineup – making it a total of five bands. The first band to play was The Coffin Bangers. They’re a new band, so they haven’t quite refined their sound yet. But they have good energy and got the show started with a bang. Afterwards there was a bit of excitement as the sound guy disappeared and I later learned he’d gone to break up a fight in the parking lot. But we got him back and the show continued without too much interruption.

Between each band I gave away prizes from my sponsors, which this year included Unholy Apparel, Rue Morgue Magazine, Scary Monsters Magazine, Evil Pumpkins, Wicked Witch Productions, Terra Fossil Wines, Lone Wolf Body Art, the Coffee Pirate, and Unkle Pigors. The way it worked was with every ticket sold at the door a person was given a raffle ticket they wrote their name on and dropped in a witch’s cauldron. Every time they bought something at the bar they also got a ticket. I randomly selected winners on stage before each band and handed out the goodies.

The second band to play was Alucard. These guys have been around for a couple of years now and they’re a really good band. A three piece vampire themed horror band, they always put on a good show. They’re a prolific band, as they’ve already put out something like 3 cds in 2 years, if I’m not mistaken.

We had a Zombie photo booth set up this year to document some of the creepy costumes. Almost everyone in attendance came in costume, as they got in for only $3 if they were dressed up. Lots of folks took advantage of the free Photo Booth and we got some terrific pics.

Next up was our band, Spookhand. The crowd was really great by the time we went on and the room was full. The sound wasn’t quite as good as I’m used to there, as far as what I can hear onstage. But we played through it and honestly played one of our best sets ever, despite sound issues. We played a trio of Misfits covers toward the end, which the crowd went nuts for: 138, Night of the Living Dead, and Brain Eaters. I incorporated a little shock rock antics to my set, and lopped off the hand of an unfortunate victim with a chainsaw, spraying blood into the audience. I then drank blood from his severed hand for my next song, I DRINK BLOOD. Good times.

Before the next band we crowned a zombie King and Queen and pulled them onstage to dance to the Prom Night theme. Was pretty silly, fun, and we had a special handmade trophy from Evil Pumpkins for the King and queen.

The Creeping Cruds played next and tore the place up. The crowd was at its largest at this point, and the Cruds scored extra points by coming out in drag and opening with the song SWEET TRANSVESTITE, which totally ROCKED! They were great as always and played several new tunes. A new Cruds CD may just be in the works soon, which is long overdue.

The Creeping Cruds!

Before the next band we chose a Best Zombie, and gave out special prizes to the winner, including a $150 dollar gift certificate to Lone Wolf Body art in a custom made coffin from Wicked Witch Production, along with a handmade trophy from Evil Pumpkins. Sweet!!

DEAD DICK HAMMER finished out the night and let me tell you, these ghouls rock! If you ever get a chance to see them do yourself a favor and do so. Part punk, part rockabilly, part rock n roll, all evil! DDH is another three piece band from Kentucky, and the nicest bunch of ghouls you could ever hope to meet. They rocked the house and finished out the Hootenanny in style.

Everyone seemed to have a really great time and I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about the evening. We’re already planning next year’s event, and are working on bringing in 45 Grave if things work out right. They had hoped to play this year but are in the studio at the moment working on a new CD! We are even planning an event for this coming January too, as a year is just too long to wait between horror rock events. Nashville is a growing hub of horror rock, getting bigger all the time, and I aim to keep that trend growing!!


"Dead Dick Hammer at Third Street Dive"

Dead Dick Hammer and Dead Doreen (of the T.B.A. Band) brought their musical stylings to a loyal group of fans at Third Street Dive.

Dead Dick Hammer & The T.B.A. Band brought their hard, fast, and loud rock style to Third Street Dive on Friday night.

- metromix louisville

"Hoot 8 Interview Series - DEAD DICK HAMMER"

Who the hell are ya and what is your job in the band (details)?

Ringleader and voice of the voice-less

What did you do musically before Dead Dick Hammer (bands etc)?

Before I died I was a successful musician and rock-n-roll sensation known as Richie Hammer, A.K.A. lil Richie Skinn'r Back.I was also an uncredited sessions musician and song writer of several Memphis based recordings from 1953-1957

What are your favorite/most influential bands?
Gene Vincent, T-Bone Walker,Cliff Gallup, The Devil (you know he taught Robert Johnson and Django?)

What are your favorite/most influential horror flicks?

Frankenstien, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Wolfman,Phantom of the Opera,Creature from the Black Lagoon ,Bluebeard ,Dracula

What movie scared you the most?
Love Me Tender

Most overrated Horror movie?


Who is the biggest celebrity you have ever met?

I met Elvis in 1954 but one of my favorites would be Buddy Holly,
we used to drank liqour and chase whores together in Hell back before my recent awakening, here's a lil know fact friend,,,He hated Elvis

What Dead Dick Hammer song is your favorite to play live?

LIVE? we are of the undead,,,favorite song? ALL OF EM!! I dont play songs that I don't like, Songs that don't condone the mainstream auto-tuned boom boom shit garbage pollution that seeped into my grave and woke me from death!!!!

What is one cool thing the kids may not know about Dead Dick Hammer?

..other then my dick being the coolest part of me, my body anyhow, prolly the fact that I like my women like I like my wine,,,,in a box!,,,,

Now everyone who reads this, come to the Horror Hootenanny or I shall be forced to have Doctor Kong ( undead drummer for the t.b.a. and voodoo priest) shrink your heads and curse you all to shit maggots and night crawlers until you die! - Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny

"Dead Dick Hammer – Welcome Home Babydoll"

Dead Dick Hammer and the TBA Band is a ghoulish undead trio from the hellbilly area of Kentucky’s Temple Hill. Apparently the band died in their rockabilly prime sometime, I gather, around All Hallows Eve, 1957. The opening haunt, 10.30.57 is an eerie tribute to their demise.

Welcome Home Babydoll unearths eight rocking tracks (and a mystery number) all very much focusing on the macabre. Themes center on such pleasantries as stalking, domestic violence, murder and necrophilia; All the things that you love, of course. Presumably tongue-in-cheek, but the disc does have an overwhelming air of misogyny about it. I suspect it is merely thematic, but if it were any other genre of band, it would sit pretty uneasy.

The music is a dark combination of 50s style rock and rockabilly. Think of perhaps: Big Bopper meets Elvis Hitler with a bit more hillbilly swagger in the mix. The sound is a mix of rockabilly and harder more distorted punk ala many psychobilly acts. It is solid, performed and recorded well and certainly blends well to the dark nature of the subject matter.

Overall, a solid debut from Dead Dick Hammer, though I should certainly hope that they’d be able to hone their craft in the over 50 years of practice time they’ve had. At any rate if you like your rockabilly server dark cold and dead, then Dead Dick Hammer has got just what (whether you want it or not)

–Jerry Actually

For fans of: Elvis Hitler, Sour Mash Whiskey, Stabbing

1. 10.30.57
2. Elcumino
3. Welcome Home Babydoll
4. She Likes It Ruff (My Baby)
5. Sweet Connie
6. Creep’r Creep’n
7. Girl I Won’t Hit You
8. Black & Blue

- upstarter


Welcome Home Babydoll



"These guys are as tight as the 50 ft woman's belt" JOE MOE, MONSTERPALOOZA,FAMOUS MONSTERS

"Misfit fans will dig this band,Dead Dick really sounds like Glen on a few tracks" EERIE VON, BASSIST DANZIG

"It is somewhat of a dirty rockabilly sound that I really enjoy.I can see a great band with a storyline" REELGORE.NET

"I just got your cd in the mail and my mind is blown,,,track 8? BLACK & BLUE..DAMN MAN.That is my kinda music right there.
I seriously cant wait to see you guys live,you made a big fan out of the Hooch,,," HOOCH PARKINS, THE MATADORS

"This album is something terribly serious. Jesus save your victims!" LES WESTFALL JR. SPRINGFIELD,IL

"Just got his dead ass out of bed only to find the latest Dead Dick Hammer & the TBA,
CD: "Welcome Home Baby Doll", in the mail . . . Outstanding!" KENT STEINE MADISON,WI

"The background will explain what you experience when the boys hit the stage. Not quite fully back to their healthy hues,
the zombies, inconsistent with their half-dead look, rock with an energy that can only come from a soul that’s fully alive.
They scream, they kneel, they dip, they howl, and they work the crowd to a frenzy" PENNMAN,THE AMPLIFIER

"Just Heard Dead Dick Hammers EP "WELCOME HOME BABY DOLL"and it rocks with originality
and balls that no other bands around here have. Makes me want to hook a hose up to my muffler, breathe hard, head to the
dark side to jam with these cats." ANTHONY KENNEY,THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS

"I was introduced to the DDH through a friend online via facebook and I Liked what I heard enough to get me to following up
on when they would be performing close by, Dead Dick kicked my teeth in at the End in Nashville,TN in Nov AMAZING!" SAM G. NASHVILLE,TN

"Dead Dick Hammer melted my face off,f%@!*d it and then ate what was left of it!" LAURA LOUISVILLE,KY

"Meet America's next favorite Creeper DEAD DICK HAMMER!" HORRORHOUND INDIANAPOLIS,IN

"Are you like me; often thinking to yourself, "Man, I really like The Reverend Horton Heat but I wish he was undead..."
Then you'll LOVE these guys! I love their first CD! Thomas Berdinski ,THE ITALIAN ZOMBIE MOVIE

"There are some things in this world that defy description. Dead men who are revived to rock is one of those things.
Un-natural, unholy, it's incomprehensible what possesses these corpses to rise up with the pure intention to simply



After a 55+ year dirt nap we have returned to take my vengence upon the
"boom boom mainstream pollution" that woke me from death! We will walk
this earth undead until we have destroyed all mainstream garbage with our
own original version of rockabilly,creepabilly shock rock and roll. Read our
story inside our presskit,see what people are saying about us and please consider
allowing us the entertain your patrions in the future! thank you for your time, Dead Dick