Out On Bail

A photo of the band Out On Bail sitting on a wooden fence in a field of grass.
I consider Out on Bail to be the place I learned how to create art with other musicians. It helped that they turned out to be my very close friends. The first "real" band I was in while living in Colorado, we started in 2003 as I was finishing up school and starting my adult life. Through the 4 year existence of the band, we went on a half dozen tours, released a full length and an ep, and played more than 100 shows with the likes of The Heartless Bastards, The Soledad Brothers, Lucero, The Redmenn, & Drag the River, as well as restarted a new generation of the Denver alt-country community along with Los Dos, Red Cloud West, Ghost Buffalo, and Bad Luck City.

Out on Bail as pictured above was Josie Cool - Guitar & Vocals, Jenn Dewey(Callaway) - Vocals & Guitar, Brooks Miller - Drums, Mike Taylor- Vocals & Bass


This band essencially existed before the prevalence of social media and easy video capture and creation, so sadly, no videos of us exist, but we were a band that drew the ire of 2 seperate angry "letters to the editor" in the Denver alt-weekly, Westword. Read them below:
Jumping Bail, near the bottom of the page
Bands on the Run, near the bottom of the page

Occasionally, people said some lovely things about us though.
Read Jason Heller's feature article - Breakout Artists
In 2004 we were voted Best Alternative to Alt-Country
And in 2005, despite the fact I've been sober for over 20 years, we were voted Best Band to Shoot Whiskey to.

In 2006, Out on Bail released our full length record - The Last of the Lo-Fi Southern Gentlemen on Not Bad Records. It was recorded through 2005 and featured the following guest musicians:
Chuck Coffey - Mandolin
Angela Kimber - Cello, Vocals on Patricia Jean
Kelly O'Dea - Violin
"Hansome" Bobby Lewis - Banjo, Vocals on Patricia Jean
Trevor Morris - Bells

In 2004, we released our first effort, a split CD-ep on Not Bad Records with our good friends in the Denver post-hardcore band Pariah Caste. This features the first songs we wrote as a band, and many, including Fire in My Belly and Knew stayed in our setlist till the end. Also included in this re-release was our first 5 song demo, recorded with future Night Sweat, Andy Wilde. Chuck Coffey played mandolin on Knew, & Ross Etherton sang backups on Coke to Make Whiskey

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