One of the most memorable times that I have had in Ohio came a few years back when I took a trip down to Cincinnati to watch my friend Shayne’s act, The Bloody Irish Boys. The act had garnered some regional (and a bit of national) publicity, so it was always a pleasure to see them as the crowds continued to increase. One of the first things that we noticed about this segment of southern Ohio is the sheer struggle that a number of the communities were going through. Whether it was coming up with title loans Cincinnati or just ensuring that one has enough money to eat or finances to pay down their debts, it seems like life in the region was much more rough and tumble than it is in Columbus or Cleveland.
We were able to have a few minutes before The Bloody Irish Boys went ont he stage, so we were able to pick up a few drinks from the bar and just converse with the members. When the opening band finished up, we knew that we were in for a treat. Shayne and his band g0t up on stage and began all of the hits from “Drunk Rock“. It was surprising to me exactly how many of the crowd were intimately familiar with the entirety of The Bloody Irish Boys’ discography. In what had to be the most raucous and crazy night at the bar, the band was able to string together about an hour of the tracks. By the end of the night, we were all exhausted.
There was not much that happened on the two-hour trip home, but I knew at the final note of the night that what we watched was something special. The Bloody Irish Boys would be around for a few years after I saw them at that dive bar in Cincinnati, but I felt that the act had their shining moments that summer. Whether it was at this show or when the band showcased the Dublin Irish Festival, Irish-rock never sounded so sweet.