Initially inspired by the rough and tumble alternative country of artists like Lucero, Steve Earle, and Uncle Tupelo, American Gun quickly hit upon its own brand of rambunctious, barn-burning rock n’ roll taking cues as much from Social Distortion, The Hold Steady and Oasis as from their twangy roots. Releasing 4 albums and 2 Eps from 2005-2015, and performing hundreds of shows, the band built a solid following in the Southeast. After self-releasing their 2006 full length, Dark Southern Hearts, they signed with Memphis conglomerate Red Wax Music for their 2008 release The Means & The Machine. Jangly Records scooped them up for the final three releases Devil Showed Me His Hand (2009), Therapy (2011) and Promised Youth (2014).
American Gun’s songs were featured on a number of indie compilations, PBS’s Roadtrip Nation, The Mountain Dew X-Games and ESPN2’s Bass: The Movie, and opened for such contemporaries as Lucero, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, The Bottle Rockets, Shooter Jennings, Robbie Fulks, and others.
While the band is no longer together, former lead singers Todd Mathis and Donald Merckle both have new releases due out early 2017 and you can sometimes catch an American Gun tune during one of their solo sets.