2018-03-01 / Features

Horseshoe Kitty is a fun name, eh?

Much like the band itself, this moniker is full of fun and curiosity. With a very unique style of cover songs from the late ’80s, to current hits, Horseshoe Kitty can be found playing local venues like Seville Quarter, The Grey Goose and The Stage Northside. Members even have a Tuesday night “Karaoke with the Kitties” feature at Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub in Gulf Breeze.

We had an opportunity to chat with the members this month for Splash! and gain a little insight into what makes them tick. Members are Buddy Sea on vocals, Steve Maples on bass and vocals, Trykl Crider on drums, Andrew “Cowboy Pete” Johnson on guitar and vocals and Pat Brown on guitar and vocals. Maples wasn’t in town during our visit, but we managed to snap everyone else’s photos during a band practice.

Johnson and Sea met in 2013, briefly playing together in Killed Off Screen, then they came together again in 2016 while forming Horseshoe Kitty. Johnson and Crider were founding members of Hidden Skylight in 2013. Crider played the very first show with Horseshoe Kitty and then returned to play full time in mid-2017. Maples was referred by Kip Gaudette and Steve Ferguson of Buzzcutt in mid- 2017. Brown was pushed in the band’s direction by Jordan Benson of The Benson Band

Trykl Crider - Drums Trykl Crider - Drums 1. What is your instrument of choice, and when did you start playing?

Sea: “I started singing and playing at age 12 and made a name for myself as an acoustic solo act in upstate New York in 2004. I moved to Pensacola in 2008 and began playing with a local original band Killed Off Screen until forming Horseshoe Kitty in 2016.”

Johnson: “I started playing guitar at 11 years old and played my first professional gig at Pensacola Little Theater for ‘School House Rock’ at age 16.”

Andrew Johnson - Guitar Andrew Johnson - Guitar Brown: “I started playing guitar at 15 and played my first show in a garage full of friends at a party the same year. I truly feel I am at the high point in my career today, supporting myself with only music.” Maples: “I started 38 years ago. I recorded two albums with Jim White while on David Burns record label and was featured on David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I did three shows with Dave Matthews as well as six shows with Ani DiFranco.”

Buddy Sea - Vocals Buddy Sea - Vocals Crider: “I started playing drums in 1984. The extent of my career is a winding road of stories and experiences. I was a former member of No Use for a Name, and I gave up music completely in 1998 until meeting Andrew in 2013.”

2. How would you describe your sound?

A great mixture of top 40 from different eras but focusing around 90s Alt Rock

3. What do you love the most about performing?

As a whole, it’s a big adrenaline rush to perform in front of people. When the crowd is in to the music and they are singing back at the band, there is no better feeling.

4. If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Sea: “Blue October.”

Pat Brown - Guitarist Pat Brown - Guitarist Johnson: “Steel Panther.”

Brown: “ Van Halen.”

Maples: “Snarky Puppy.”

Crider: “Horseshoe Kitty.”

5. Do you have a favorite song you like to perform as a band?

Dishwalla - Counting Blue Cars

Horseshoe Kitty is all over Pensacola, playing shows and hosting “Kitty Karaoke” at Paddy O’ Leary’s on Tuesday nights. They can be seen headlining Paddy O’Leary’s St. Patrick’s Day outdoor party March 17 and at Seville Quarter in Apple Annie’s March 23 and 24; Whiskey Runners for the Caleb Dunn Benefit March 25; and Juana’s Pagoda in Navarre March 30.

Check out their Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/horseshoekitty.

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