Guns of Nevada

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Guns of Nevada
OriginSeattle, Washington, USA
Years active2007–Present
LabelsPIG Records
Associated actsMudhoney
The Prom Kings

Guns of Nevada is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 2007. Guns of Nevada’s music has been featured in three independent films and on the CMT reality show, Chopper Challenge where the songs "Outlaws" and "Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs" were showcased in the summer of 2008.[1] They’ve played The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington alongside singers such as Joe Cocker, Tom Petty, and Toby Keith.[2]


First releases (2007-2010)[edit]

The first album was self-titled[3] and recorded at the Chicken Shack Studio in Seattle by Tom Rickell.[citation needed] It was mastered by local producer Jack Endino(Nirvana)[4][5] and after its October 13, 2008 release[3] was picked up by podcasts and indie radio nationally and in some European markets.[citation needed] In January 2010 Donkey Punch Films used "Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs" for a scene in the indie film A First Time for Everything.[citation needed]

The band recorded their sophomore effort, Church of Bloody Mary[3] in May 2010 once again at the Chicken Shack Studios with Tom Rickell.[citation needed] Green and Lynch left in December 2010 to pursue their respective side projects. Lemmon and Thunders recruited a Seattle area musician and venue manager to play bass, and drummer John Holme joined the band.[citation needed] Church of Bloody Mary was released on January 1, 2011.[3] Lemmon parted ways due to scheduling conflicts in April 2011 and William Perry took over guitar duties.[citation needed]

Songs in the Key of Whiskey (2011-2012)[edit]

The band began working their third release Songs in the Key of Whiskey[3] at the Doghouse Studios in Seattle with Scott Riley producing.[citation needed] William Perry left in November 2011,[citation needed] and Riley came aboard to finish the guitar tracks and stayed on as permanent guitarist. Soon after John "Jet" Pagano joined on bass.[citation needed] The lineup of Thunders, Riley and Holme recorded Songs in the Key of Whiskey in the fall and winter of 2011-2012 and released it officially on February 24, 2012.[6] In March 2012 they signed with the Spoondog Entertainment Group and later that spring John Pagano re-recorded all the bass guitar parts that would end up on the official, final release of Songs in the Key of Whiskey.[citation needed] In July 2012 they played the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California.[citation needed] In August 2012 they performed at the Watershed Music Festival.[7]

Singles and reunion (2013-2015)[edit]

The band released three singles in 2013: "Sometimes the Devil Wins", "Ugly," and a new version of their signature song "Hard to Wave Goodbye in Handcuffs".[citation needed] In 2014 they contributed four songs to the soundtrack for the movie Angel's Bounty, which was released in summer 2014.[citation needed] On May 9, 2014 the original members consisting of Thunders, Lemmon, Green and Lynch reunited to play a benefit show for victims of the Oso mudslide that occurred in Washington state on March 22.[citation needed]

After the four original members of Guns of Nevada began working on new material for a 2016 release, by August 2015 they had signed with PIG Records, known for distributing bands such as the Misfits, GG Allin, Raw Power, DOA and The Accüsed. In September 2015 Adam Green stepped down and Bruce (Spike) Shattuck took over bass duties. They recorded their next record at Orbit Audio in Seattle, Wa. Joe Reineke (The Meices/Alien Crime Syndicate) engineered and produced. They invited Ron "Rontrose" Heathman (Supersuckers/Hangmen) to play guitar on one of their songs and he eventually played on a total of four songs. They released the record "Damned and Adored" on July 9th 2016[8]


  • Earle Thunders – vocals, guitar
  • Bruce Shattuck (Spike) – bass, vocals
  • Donnie Lemmon– guitar, vocals
  • Doug Lynch- Drums



  • Guns of Nevada (2008)
  • Church of Bloody Mary (2010)
  • Songs in the Key of Whiskey (2012)
  • Damned & Adored (2016)


  • "Sometimes the Devil Wins" (2013)
  • "Ugly" (2013)


  • "Outlaws" (2012)
  • "My Bible and My Gun" (2012)
  • "End of the World" (2015)


  1. ^ "Guns of Nevada A Local Band With Connections to Perform in Oak Harbor". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Guns of Nevada Joins Watershed 2012 Lineup". Reuters. May 2, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Guns of Nevada". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  4. ^ Jack Endino discography
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Guns of Nevada Launch New Album". Reuters. March 26, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "Watershed 2012 Photos". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "We're happy to announce that we've just with PIG Records". Twitter: Guns of Nevada. July 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-06.

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