Bandits soup up 'Whiskey and Women,' to debut video

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comDecember 1, 2012 

The Moonshine Bandits' last album will get a "deluxe" re-release next week, the same day the duo's newest video debuts.

"It's basically a souped-up version," said Dusty "Tex" Dahlgren.

"Whiskey and Women: Deluxe Shiner Edition" will drop Tuesday with five new or re-mixed songs, and comes with a DVD of six music videos.

Dahlgren and Brett "Bird" Brooks, 1996 Los Banos High graduates, said album sales have been strong and a repackaging will continue the push.

Debuting the same day as the album is a video for "Dive Bar Beauty Queen," one of the new cuts. It's an ode to the Bandits' female fans, "empowering them to be the badasses," Dahlgren said.

"We took stories from girls we met on the road, and some of the girls who've worked for us," he said.

The video features Tera Patrick, known for her adult-film and Playboy appearances.

Brooks said Patrick has been active on Twitter, to help them promote the video's release.

"She's been super nice and professional," Brooks said, adding the bandmates were fans of the actress before they met her. "What guy isn't?" he said.

In the video, the "beauty queen" wreaks havoc on men -- smashing them with beer bottles and a crow bar -- who make advances on her in a dive bar.

The Bandits recently finished a two-month, 45-gig tour, but have dates booked through August. They plan to put together their next album for a summer release.

The duo left this week for shows in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California, before they play the first official show in Shiners Bar & Grill, a place they opened in July.

The Bandits have given an impromptu performance or two, but made plans for the Dec. 22 show. Dahlgren said tickets will go on sale soon.

"It'll be packed," Dahlgren said, adding he expects the roughly 100 tickets to go quickly. "We can only hold so many people in here."

The album can be found in stores or at www.moon shinebandits.com, where the video can also be seen.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.

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