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Rebel Pride

From left: Brian Jeffries, Tommy Spittle, Pat Buffo, Big Dave Stevenson, Sonny Harlan.

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From left: Brian Jeffries, Tommy Spittle, Pat Buffo, Big Dave Stevenson, Sonny Harlan.

Rebels: Pat Buffo, lead vocals, guitar, percussion and drums; Tommy Spittle, guitar, vocals, flute and keys; Brian Jeffries, guitar, keys, vocals; Big Dave Stevenson, bass and backing vocals; and Sonny Harlan, drums. Spittle answered a few questions by e-mail.

CDs: It Is What It Is, 2005; Backin' It Up, 2007.

Beginnings: "All the members have lived in the Bay area for 20 years plus. Brian, Dave and I first joined the band in 1996 at three different stages from three other bands. We started out as a country band that played some Southern rock and became a Southern rock band that plays a little country. That change came around the time we were the backup band for the Charlie Daniels Angelus concert at Clearwater's Coachman Park in 2000. After many member changes between '02 and '04, we've settled into this lineup four years running, and it gets tighter every day."

TV break: "We were the band for The Biggest Redneck Wedding Ever (a special episode of My Big Redneck Wedding), hosted by Tom Arnold and shot in Inglis. A lot of the performance footage of us didn't make the cut, but we had a good time with it despite the rain and some other setbacks. …. That was either one wacky look at the redneck phenomenon or a vision of the decline of western civilization. I'm not sure which yet."

Movie break: "The song Stomp Yer Foots is used as the first song in trailer of Grilling Bobby Hicks and we're hoping it makes it to the theaters. It looks like a dark comedy murder mystery. Like a Southern insert-famous-mystery-writer-here meets My Name Is Earl. That's judging from the trailer that you can find on our MySpace friends list (at myspace.com/rebelprideband)."

Florida guitar army: "The term 'guitar army' was originally used by our local Southern rock heroes the Outlaws. It means three guitars and bass and drums. A member of T. Graham Brown's band once said to us at a show, 'What's with you guys and your Florida guitar armies anyway?' That's when we determined that we were one too."

Who does Southern rock right? "All the originators of the style are still doing it right, of course, like the Outlaws and the Allman Brothers, Skynyrd."

Songs and songwriting: "All the band members contribute ideas, but the majority of the music is written by Pat and Brian. A crowd favorite that enjoys a lot of success is Survive from the It Is What It Is CD. It is the story of the Florida panther's depleting habitat from the perspective of both the writer and the panther. It also rocks like Freebird or Green Grass and High Tides."

Hear them: From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday during the Heroes Bikefest to celebrate National First Responder Appreciation Day, at Harley Davidson of Tampa, 6920 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 886-7433. rebelprideband.com.

Rebel Pride 09/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:46pm]

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