”Reno, Nevada’s Hellbound Glory has been a prominent figure in the landscape of independent Country Music since their debut album. Singer-songwriter Leroy Virgil (called by many ’the Cobain of Country’) always delivers classic Honkey-Tonk music with a hardcore twist drawing from influences across the board With their first full-length record in nearly six years and with Shooter Jennings at the helm producing, Pinball is sure to be a pinnacle moment in their career. If you like rock, punk and you like country but don’t have much of a taste for that ’Nashville Sound’, get your ya-ya’s out with Pinball.”
Barreling through the gates of country music, HELLBOUND GLORY is justifying rightful ownership to the band’s declarative namesake. Distilled of equal parts melody and bar-room-thump, this Reno, NV based band is packing the house to a growing legion of fans coast to coast. Founding front man and songwriter, Leroy Virgil, explains; ”We just really dig the challenge of a new audience. I’m not a flashy guy but I like showing off”
The band’s formation in 2008 was a graduation of sorts for Virgil who originally hails from Aberdeen, WA. Relocating to Reno in 2002, the singer immersed himself in the nightlife of the Biggest Little City In The World. The environment had an immediate impact on what would become HELLBOUND GLORY’S material. Virgil explains Reno’s influence; ”I grew up in a hick-town by a lot of peoples standards. Reno is just a hick-town with taller buildings and brighter lights. Playing Reno is like playing a 24-hour dive bar. No matter where I play, I’m never too far from home.”
Restless the band wasted no time hitting the road again with legendary rock band the Supersuckers on a co-headline national club bill mid-year 2013.
Virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing field. When asked to describe the band’signature sound, Virgil proclaims, ”Country music was a big influence on the rock music I wrote when I wrote when I was younger and still in Aberdeen. That same rock music echoes a bit in my country western music today. We’re just out there being ourselves!” In fact, HELLBOUND GLORY songs resound with equal parts wit and humor. An unabbreviated and honest statement of the world we live in today.
HELLBOUND GLORY can count some of music’s most prolific and accomplished artists today among their growing number of supporters. Virgil continues, ”It’s pretty cool that we can count these folks as fans of our music, but I’ve got to be my own fan first and foremost.”
This is HELLBOUND GLORY, music as honest and reflective in a frantic urban metropolis as it is on a lost and desolate byway.