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12/20/2012 7:04:00 PM
Sanchez? Or Sanchizmo? Either way, this band will not be denied - or categorized
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 Jake Busby (center) and Sanchez or Sanchizmo get their rockabilly on Dec. 14 at Tailgaters in Prescott Valley. Busby says his calling in life is to “call people out on their (stuff).”
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Jake Busby (center) and Sanchez or Sanchizmo get their rockabilly on Dec. 14 at Tailgaters in Prescott Valley. Busby says his calling in life is to “call people out on their (stuff).”
By Lisa Irish

C ouples were dancing, people were smiling and moving to the beat and some were laughing at the lyrics of Sanchez or Sanchizmo's song, "$2.50" during their performance Friday at Tailgaters in Prescott Valley.

"Say can you spare two dollars and fifty cents," sang Jake Busby, guitarist and lead vocalist as he shook his head and danced to the throbbing bass. "Shower and shave those hippie pits."

The band, made up of Busby, Prescot Wilson on hand drum, Lucas Gils on banjo and Bobby Joe Kolar on bass and guitarron, describes their sound as drunk country, city slicker hollerin' straight off the whiskey-bathed streets of Prescott,

"We play drunken outlaw country folk and roll." Busby clarified. "We try to be multigenerational. We play jazz, blues, some '80s, and we have a hip-hop song where I rap. We do whatever the hell we want, and we want to keep it that way."

And there's a reason for that.

"I hate being pigeonholed," Busby said. "As a musician and a writer it's the worst thing that could happen."

Whatever Sanchez or Sanchizmo call it, their fans love it; more than 40 of them were at their performance Friday night.

"I like his singing, their songs and their style," said Jorge Maravilla, at the Tailgaters concert. "They have that something that all great rockabilly artists have, and I love to come watch them. This brings me back to a younger me."

Carlos De Gonzalez said he's been coming to see Sanchez or Sanchizmo since they played one night at Coyote Joe's.

"They are hilarious and they have a lot of talent," De Gonzalez said.

Dean De Groot said what draws him to the band is their wide ranging style and "how they blend banjo music and bluegrass."

Meg Barnett, said she's come to see Sanchez or Sanchizmo since they began playing together about a year ago.

"They are fantastic musicians and people need to hear and see them," Barnett said. "I'm moving from the area soon and I'm going to miss them a lot."

Sanchez or Sanchizmo will be playing next on Friday, Dec. 28 at Scottie's in Prescott from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 at Scotty's at the same time, and Friday, Jan. 25 at Tailgaters in Prescott Valley.

For more information and upcoming concert dates, see the group's Facebook page: Sanchez or Sanchizmo, to book them to perform send an email to mr.jacobabusby@hotmail.com, and to catch videos of them check out YouTube.

The only thing Barnett said she doesn't like about the band is their name.

A friend had wanted to name a band The Dirty Sanchezes and have the band all wear mustaches, but that that didn't work for Busby.

"I hadn't heard of a band that had an "or" in their name and then it came to me Sanchez or Sanchizmo," Busby said.

The band came about after Wilson came from Phoenix to visit Jake and his wife about a year ago and brought his hand drum along.

"I asked Jake if anyone plays out here on the street and where to go," Wilson said. "So I went out to play. Jake came out about one and a half hours after I'd left the house. Before Jake came along, I'd made about $3 on the (Whiskey) Row, but after Jake was there we made $90."

So they decided to start a band.

Wilson said his major musical influences are Leon Redbone, The Country Gentlemen, punk rock he liked as a kid, hip hop, Melvin Taylor, Santana's rhythm sections and Esteban's drummers.

"On my part, lyrically and musically, my dad," Busby said. "He's the reason I play. He raised me on mostly James Taylor, classic rock, Styx and Muddy Waters and he introduced me to my greatest influence, Greg Brown. He's been in the folk scene since the '80s and he's an incredible musician and songwriter."

Wilson and Busby said their favorite songs they perform are "$2.50," "Dewey," and "King Karcie" because they come from personal experiences.

"'$2.50' is one of our newest songs," Busby said. "A bunch of our fans and our banjo player are Prescott College kids and hippies. No one should take our stuff to seriously. I like to poke fun and it's all in good humor."

Another song they enjoy performing is "Dewey," which is about Busby's brushes with law enforcement both good and bad.

"'Dewey' is a true story all around," Busby said. "It's a learning experience about what happened to me a year before I married my wife. I had a DUI in Tempe and spent a night in jail."

"King Karcie" was written after an unfortunate experience with a landlord, Busby said.

"I've found my calling in life is to call people out on their (stuff)," Busby said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Harsh criticism! Maybe a little rough around the edges but they are "edgy". Good folk music!

Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Article comment by: Egg Zachary

Haters gonna hate. :)

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: ted bundy

these guys really arent that good at all. ive seen them a few times. very gimmicky. i guess it makes up for the lack of skill. "lets shout alot into a mic about nothing and hit chords too hard and have some stoned guy playing one drum cuz he cant play more than that at once then make a really good bassist look bad by recruiting him and well the hippie is the hippie." dont waste your time folks.

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