While some local artists lament the lack of live-music venues, Broward's rockabilly phenomenon, Slip Mahoney, feels this is the right kind of town for him. "In cities like Austin, there are so many bands that artists end up playing for free," Mahoney says in a sharp Southern drawl. "At least down here, there are enough places where a person like me can make a living playing live."
Still, earning a living playing live venues is a tough proposition in sunny, dance-club-oriented South Florida. Even so, Slip Mahoney — the Miami-born lead singer and guitarist for Slip and the Spinouts — has worked his way through the past decade to become a regional staple at bars and classic car and bike shows.
And the rockers continue to sharpen their distinctive mix of Dick Dale surf rock, Elvis Presley rockabilly, and Johnny Cash-style old country. Their local fans — easily spotted by their classic custom rides and high pompadours — keep the band in high demand. And as long there are good, old-fashioned dive bars where folks enjoy hard liquor, Slip and his Spinouts are sure to provide the definitive, cool, American soundtrack.