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The Real Nasty joins an elite club

Tim Parsons
They wear black. They pose on railroad ties. They perform Saturday in the Crown Room. They are the Real Nasty.
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The Real Nasty is matriculating across the nation with a goal of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll sensation.

The word “matriculate” gained a new definition when coach Hank Stram was hooked up to a microphone during Super Bowl IV and he used it to encourage his team – “Let’s just keep matriculatin’ down the field, boys.”

The word works for the Bay Area trio who, since coalescing in 2009, are making steady progress. The Real Nasty just completed its first national tour, is working on its third full-length album and on Saturday will debut in the prestigious Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room when it opens for Tacorum.

“I’m just psyched that other bands are interested in having us play with them,” said Ryan Lukas, the band’s singer, songwriter and upright bassist. “It’s really been a big part of all the touring that we’ve done. It’s been really important being friends with other bands and working together as a musical community instead of competing for a precious spot.”

The Real Nasty, which has played a number of South Shore shows, plays a blend of rock and country. Its first album contained two discs, one country, the other rock. It followed up with the 13-track blend of both styles in “Strangers and Friends” on the Ninth Street Opus record label, which is how the music is presented live.

Lukas said the Real Nasty was well received on a spring tour through the Southwest all the way to the East Coast up through North Carolina and Virginia.

“People have found the thread from country and our rock, and I think we’re starting to refine that as well,” Lukas said. “We’ve been working on the rock stuff a whole lot lately. Things are leaning a little back in that direction these days.”

The long tour gave the band time to refine its songs for a month of studio sessions, an extended benefit of being signed to a label.

“It made going into the studio really easy and fast,” Lukas said. “We’ve had very little editing because were all so familiar with the material.”

The band will remain close to home this summer, performing mostly in California, so it can finish mixing the album to be released in the fall.

In the meantime, the Real Nasty can celebrate a victory. It is joining an elite club of bands who have played in the Crown Room, such as the Derek Trucks Band, Jackie Greene Band, the Nevvile Brothers and Umphrey’s McGee.

What’s the real definition of the verb matriculate? To admit or be admitted into a group.


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