But this didn’t stop the Music NB Awards 2011 to heap a shitload of awards onto their heads, like Emerging Artist of The Year or Country Music Album of The Year or Group Recording of The Year … you name it. Because it was all about their music which roughly sounds like if you took these afore mentioned styles and put them into a blender and out jumped The (grinning) BackYard Devils.
At the core of the band are the brothers Erik and Remy Arsenault who had the wisdom to recruit the lightening quick banjo and mandolin virtuosity in Dillon Robichau who’s doggone duels with the highly in demand devil’s guitar of Chris Belliveau will make you believe in heaven again. Their debut album deals with guns, girls, drinking, outlaws and God himself and it was recorded in 13 songs in three of the coldest nights anybody in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada could remember (and it gets real cold there, folks). Including all the gut-whoomping guitar licks, doghouse bass slaps and rapid fire “Deliverance” banjo lines those hellish nights could produce.
There’s nothing wrong with fancy stuff but much can also be said for honest, down-to-earth simplicity. Served up by The BackYard Devils, born to raise hell on any stage, front and center. Ours included.