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 bands 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.”
2013 was a big year for HELLBOUND GLORY, in fact, the band brought a little bit of the Reno Nightlife to the ‘big stage’ with support on Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul Tour in arenas across the country; an opportunity first alluded to with an exclusive invitation to perform as a member of the Kid Rock Chillin’ The Most Cruise roster in 2012.
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.
2014 shows no signs of a slow-down with HELLBOUND GLORY slated to support Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Leon Russell, for a selection of east coast dates in January.
Virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing field. When asked to describe the band’s signature sound, Virgil proclaims, “Country music was a big influence on the rock music 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 really not afraid to piss off any of either genre’s purists. 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.
HELLBOUND GLORY are conquering new stomping ground on the continued strength of three full length releases; “Scumbag Country (2008),” “Old Highs & New Lows (2010),” and “Damaged Goods (2011).”
The band released “Pinball” in October 2017. Produced by Shooter Jennings, the album is released courtesy of Jennings’ label, Black Country Rock.