Texas Hippie Coalition

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Texas Hippie Coalition
Texas Hippie Coalition Mayhemfest 2014.jpg
Background information
Also known as THC, The Band of Outlaws
Origin Denison, Texas, U.S.
Years active 2004–present
Labels Carved
Website thcofficial.com
Members Big Dad Ritch
John Exall
Cord Pool
Timmy Braun[1]
Nevada Romo
Past members Randy Cooper
Ryan Bennett
Alden "Crawfish" Nequent
Michael Hayes
Scott "Cowboy" Lytle
Cody Perryman
Wes Wallace
Gunnar Molton
Jason Elmore

Texas Hippie Coalition (sometimes stylized "THC") is a heavy metal band from Denison, Texas.


The band was formed in Denison, Texas by Big Dad Ritch, along with his friend John Exall and other friends. Several lineup changes occurred before their debut album, Pride of Texas.

Pride of Texas (2008) and Rollin' (2010)[edit]

The group recorded their album, Rollin, with multi-platinum producer Dave Prater.[2] Rollin arrived on July 6, 2010, which was their first national release.[3]

Peacemaker (2012)[edit]

Main article: Peacemaker (album)

In early 2012 the group began working with producer Bob Marlette. Their first single "Turn It Up" was released in June of that same year. The album was released on August 14, 2012[4] and was ranked 20 on Billboard Hard Rock Albums.[5]

Ride On (2014)[edit]

In February 2014, it was announced that Ride On, the fourth studio album from the quartet is expected to be released October 7, 2014. The record was produced by Skidd Mills, known for working with Saving Abel, Sick Puppies and others, at Sound Kitchen Studios.[6] "Ride On" has been described by the band as, "the next level,[7]" "a little more raw, a little grittier,[8]" and "our way of letting everybody know that rock ‘n’ roll ain’t dead.[9]"

During that same year, the ensemble also performed at Rocklahoma[10] and Rock on the Range[11] in May in addition to Mayhem Festival in the summer of 2014.[12]

Dark Side of Black (2016)[edit]

Main article: Dark Side of Black

On 23 February 2016, the ensemble announced that their fifth studio album would be entitled Dark Side of Black, and would be released on 22 April 2016.[13] In April and May of 2016, the band is scheduled to tour in support of this work, which includes performances at Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma and River City Rockfest.[14]

In June 2016, the band announced the addition of guitarist Nevada Romo.[15]


John Exall

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Randy Cooper - guitar
  • Ryan "The Kid" Bennett - percussion
  • Alden "Crawfish" Nequent - guitar
  • Michael Hayes - guitar
  • Scott "Cowboy" Lytle - percussion
  • Dillon Escue - percussion
  • Cody Perryman - guitar
  • Wes Wallace - guitar
  • Gunnar Molton - percussion
  • Lance Bruton - percussion
  • Jason Elmore - lead guitar


Cord Pool
Timmy Braun
Texas Hippie Coalition performing at Trees in Dallas as part of Ride for Dime

Studio albums[edit]

Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Heat
US Indep
US Hard Rock
US Rock
Pride of Texas
  • Release date: February 12, 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Release date: July 6, 2010
  • Label: Carved Records
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Label: Carved Records
4 31 20 US: 16,000[24]
Ride On 119 4 22 5 31
Dark Side of Black 2 18 6 26


Year Title US
Main. Rock
2013 "Turn It Up" 39
"Damn You to Hell" 40
2014 "Monster In Me" -
2015 "Rock Ain't Dead" -

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Director
2008 Pissed off and Mad About It (Version 1) Pride Of Texas Clark Deal
2009 No Shame
2010 Pissed off and Mad About It (Version 2) Rollin'
2012 Turn It Up Peacemaker
2016 Angel Fall Dark Side of Black


  • In July 2015, bassist John Exall started a new musical ensemble called "Smoke Hollow" along with three musicians, Ashes from Static-X, Dewey Bragg from Kill Devil Hill and Ralf Mueggler from Crowned by Fire.[26]


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  11. ^ "Rock on the Range 2014 Set Times Revealed". Loudwire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  12. ^ "The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Announces Official 2014 Artist Line-Up - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source". Kmph-kfre.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
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