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Crackers & Snackmeat
Mar 3 , 2017 • The Rabbit Hole
Crackers & Snackmeat are seasoned veterans to the Charlotte music and comedy scene. Currently, they are the house band for the "Crazy Late show with Johnny Millwater". They have played with internationally touring comedian Doug Stanhope along with local and regional comedic talent such as Kerry White, Carlos Valencia, Joe Zimmerman, Tom Stover, Johnny Millwater, Jonas Garvin, and Allegra Barnett. They have carved out a solid niche with other comedy acts as well. It doesn't stop there as they have shared the stage with The LRC, Satta Tribe, Eyes of the Elders, One Big Love, Red Letter Blue, a little ugly, The Side, cul-de-sac, 20 Past 4, The Thought Criminals, Andy Wood, Case Federal & The Agents, Roots Essential, Matthew Paul Butler, The Lights Fluorescent, Wicked Jones, Tater Famine, Attila's Honey, SouthSide Punx, Dr. Cirkustein, Funky Geezer, Sherman Hellville, Rogue Planet, Run Engine, Spongecake & The Fluff Ramblers, and many others over the years. Since their inception they have stretched the musical boundaries with pounding funk grooves, laid back blues, and hard hitting hooks. Fearless in exploring different genres, from jazz to rock to metal as they continue to grow as a musical team. The original line-up as put together in January 2008 by the now defunct Habitual Ritual Sketch Comedy Troupe was guitarist Phil Black and bassist Jason French (formerly backups at The Perch Comedy Club), drummer Chris "SkeeZe" Slezak from a myspace bulletin, and singer/actor/improv comedian James Lee Walker II. Drummer Colin Ray (Case Federal & The Agents, Sherman Hellville) joined the band in May of 2013 to replace Chris "SkeeZe" Slezak who relocated to Austin, TX. Bassist Steve Saldutte (Case Federal & The Agents, Plato's Stepchildren, Chris Sanchez Band, The House Cats) joined the band in December 2016 to replace Jason French. Crackers & Snackmeat released "Down The Road", their debut album with Milkjug Records in August 2009 and are currently working on their sophomore effort "That's What's Up!" due later this year.
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