Formed in 2003, the boys of 500 Miles to Memphis came together on the banks of the Ohio River between Cincinnati, OH and Newport, KY. Their genre-bending take on Americana and punk rock has been received worldwide in the form of movies, tv, video games, and their award-winning live shows. Logging 250 performances a year, these indie road kings have been to hell and back. After taking a short break from touring in 2017, 500mtm has jumped back in the studio to deliver their 5th album with Old 97’s producer John Pedigo at the legendary Gwynne Sound in Cincinnati. If you are a fan of high octane punk rock, bluegrass, and Appalachia, these boys are for you.
500 Miles to Memphis consists of Ryan Malott (vocs, guitar, banjo), David Rhodes Brown (lap steel), Noah Sugarman (bass, vocs), Kevin Hogle (drums), Aaron Whalen (guitar, vocs), and Nate Hickey(guitar, mandolin, vocs).
"They don’t sound like anyone else. At all. Or at any point… 500 Miles To Memphis have constructed something wonderful here… “Blessed Be The Damned”? Hell, yes. The Devil always has more fun, you see, and damn me, this is good." - Andy Thorley, Maximum Volume Music
“Consider this their best album yet, and one of the first must-have records of 2019.” - Tom Haugen, New Noise Magazine
“We simply love their sound and every song on this fifth studio album works and deserves industry attention, both from radio and music supervisors. Just from the energy we can hear in their music, we bet they also put on a hell of a live show. We also love the two songs that feature Philip Peeples of the Old 97’s. Run, don’t walk, and get this one immediately!” - LAmusiccritic.com
"Blessed has so many catchy songs, it’s easy to find yourself tapping your feet along with the groove instead of taking notes or writing a review, and nearly impossible to find a favorite. In short, if you like rock, you’ll like this album. The mean mountain riff of the title track, the 90s punk of “No Doubt About It,” the bluegrass-cum-cowpunk of “In My Chest” – the album is just good from front to back and might be 500 MTM’s best yet." - Brandon Wheeler, CincyMusic.com
“the definition of Americana punk” - Theresa W, Razorcake