The Shootouts debut album, Quick Draw, is an effortless blend of high-energy honky-tonk and traditional country music mixed with touches of Americana and western swing. The band marries a blend of Roy Orbison and Bob Wills with the barn-burning sounds of Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Dwight Yoakam. The combination offers a welcome throwback to sounds that flowed out of Nashville, Texas and California in country music’s golden years.
Produced by Luca Benedetti and Jim Campilongo, The Shootouts recorded “Quick Draw” in just six days at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York. The band comprises Ryan Humbert (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Brian Poston (electric & acoustic guitar), Ryan McDermott (bass), Dylan Gomez (drums, percussion) and Emily Bates (harmony vocals). Campilongo is a member of The Little Willies – alongside Norah Jones – and he and Benedetti were the production team behind Zephaniah Ohora’s debut album, This Highway.
Based out of Akron, Ohio, The Shootouts were formed when founding members Humbert and Poston bonded over a mutual love of heartfelt, authentic country music. While the two were busy performing Humbert’s original pop-rock songs, they often discussed the idea of starting a new band to tap into this passion, and the band played their first show in October of 2016. It was meant to be a side-project for Humbert, but he soon realized there was much more in store.