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That One Song: “Brother Bill” by the Palominos

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The Palominos are a rock 'n' roll band first and foremost. After winning a Sonicbids online contest by a couple thousand votes, they drove 15 hours straight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to open up the 2008 Langerado Festival. They received a good response to their set, despite rain and a lack of sleep. This past March, they released their second full-length, “Egos,” which was recorded and produced by Alan Weatherhead at Sound of Music Studios. Palominos lead singer and rhythm guitarist Trey Cutrell told us a few other stories that may end up on “Behind the Music.”

Style: Tell us about that one song.

Cutrell: It's a cheatin' song and kind of a revenge song. Basically, Brother Bill is a bad man. His brother is telling a story of how Bill takes revenge on him for cheating with his woman, that kind of thing. It's a fictitious story — I'm not always personal when I write my lyrics.

For us, the song is fairly epic and grand. It's a Neil Young and Crazy Horse-influenced rock song, there's a lot of big guitars. It seems like we do one epic song per album, songs which built up slowly and are fairly long. We brought in other local musicians to sing, stomp and clap on it, like Prabir and Chris from Prabir and the Substitutes.

What is your first musical memory?

Playing the piano with my mom. She'd play the popular songs from the '70s, like the Commodores. But most of my memories are of her playing the organ in church. My dad didn't like to get up early, so my mom took me to church by herself and I had to sit in the very front pew in front of the whole congregation while she played the organ. I was probably 3 or 4. The main reason I remember that is because one time I was cutting up and she had to stop playing and drag me out of there.

What is one thing you think would help improve the Richmond music scene?

I've talked to a lot of people who like music and I've talked to a lot of musicians and their one complaint is that genres aren't always crossed over. It's very segregated by genre. We need to showcase different kinds of music, hoping that the VCU kids, and the old school hard-core guys, and the jam-band kids, and the rock 'n' roll folks can get together and enjoy one another. Just a little bit. Good music is just good music and you don't really think about what type of music it is.

What is the band's most outrageous moment?

We were playing a show in Wilmington, N.C., and there was a bar across the street from where we were staying. We got back from the show a little early and it was around 2, so everyone was standing outside of the bar. One of our members, who will remain anonymous, stripped down and grabbed the American flag off of the porch where we were staying. He ran down the street, through a crowd of people waiting for taxis, screaming “These colors don't run!”

What is your most embarrassing moment in the band?

A couple of us were in a different band a long time ago. We were playing a show at McCormack's. I believe it was Swingers back then and they had these iron flames that hung down in front of the stage. I did a rock star jump and two of the flames stabbed me in the head. We kept playing, though. I didn't realize how bad it was until after the show, there was blood all in my hair. I had two big puncture wounds in my head and they're still not right. I still have a soft spot. All in the name of rock 'n' roll.

The Palominos play a benefit show for multiple sclerosis at Capital Ale House on July 3. 780-ALES.

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