Payback Porter is an American Blues/Rock duo formed in Dickinson, ND in 2010. The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Nathan James and drummer/producer Doobie DuBois. Payback Porter performs a wide variety of classic blues, classic rock, and rare favorites in their gritty minimalist style. With nothing more than drums, guitar, and vocals Payback Porter delivers a full, often huge sound. "I looked at the stage and could not believe there was only two guys up there!" A common quote from audience members attending their live performances. The boys did not necessarily choose this niche within their blues genre, however, having auditioned numerous bass players and nearly bringing in a piano player to fill in the bottom section, guitarist Nathan James decided, "I'll just hook up another amp, set it bassy, and keep the low notes going on my guitar," since nothing else really seemed to work as well.
Nathan James and Doobie DuBois have been performing live together in various groups for years and have finally settled into the groove of what they always dreamed of doing as fellow musicians, "Heavy, rockin, groovin, dirty, grungy blues," describes drummer/producer Doobie. Drawing from inspirations such as Robert Johnson, Junior Kimbrough, ZZ Top, Cream, Black Sabbath, and The Black Keys, and blending gritty guitar riffs with heavy beats and old soul, Payback Porter has a unique sound that listeners and audience are sure to enjoy.
The Payback Porter demo disc included in this package was recorded independently by the band in their basement studio using basic, modern, digital recording equipment while playing the songs live to give you, the listener, the feeling...the soul of the music they play. This isn't a polished studio cut, this is the real deal, the raw nitty gritty of what makes Payback Porter.
- Indie Blues