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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Big news for Ice House Road

Hey there Ice House Road fans.

It's been a while since we blogged, so let me tell you what we've been up to, and what we've got planned for the rest of the summer.

Firs of all, we found out what it's like to play music without Bobby. Bouncin' Bobby Sims has hit the big time in the world of Bull Fighting. He's been awarded the MVP at the Professional Bull Fighters Academy in Oklahoma. Here's what one person had to say about Bobby on Facebook: "Achievement award, MVP, and only student to ace the written test! Can you say "hat trick"?" See more about that here:

All this Bull Fighting has meant that we had to play a couple gigs without Bobby. Basically, we found out we can, but we'd prefer not to if we don't have to. But since we kinda had to, we did. We played for a bunch of bikers at The Minutemen Motorcycle Club's memorial party for "Hammer," a fallen club member. We had a great time playing, and we look forward to the next biker party!

We also played a benefit in Timberville Virginia called Jake A Palooza. The gig was basically a private party with T-shirts. People had to pay to get it, and get their shirt, and the money went to benefit the DAV, Disabled American Veterans. It was a nice party for a fairly small, very appreciative crowd. Unfortunately Gary's voice didn't quite hold up for the evening, and the shots of everclear hurt more than they helped. Just ask anybody that was still there, Gary's rendition of Folsom Prison Blues was legendary.

And lastly we played, again without Bobby, at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa. Gary's voice held up this time and the show was fantastic. We had a heckler giving us a hard time during our sound check, but by the end of the night he was showing off his dance moves to all the ladies!

So, that's what we've been doing, playing with and without Bobby about 2-3 times a month. This week we'll be out in Gordonsville again for the second BLM Bull Ride of the summer at Oakland Heights Farm. Everybody pray for the rain to go around Gordonsville this weekend. We'll be off for the rest of June while Gary is out of town, but we are coming back with a vengeance in July.

July 1 we will make our debut at Friday's after Five in Charlottesville, opening for Down Till Now. I had thought that my email to the Friday's After Five people had gone unnoticed until Monday when they called and asked us to play. Friday July 1 will be a busy night for us as we'll also be playing upstairs at Wild Wing Cafe in Charlottesville after Friday's After Five. Going to be a crazy day, and we look forward to sharing it with you, come out and see us play, it's free at both Friday's After Five and Wild Wing Cafe.

We've also got more dates at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa (one of our favorite places to play, great people there) as well as The Dogwood in Palmyra, and some private parties.

Check us out at for more info, or find us on Facebook at:

See y'all Later

Monday, April 4, 2011

What a great start to 2011 for Ice House Road

First of all, thanks to all of you that have come out to see us at various locations, mostly new for Ice House Road this year.

Wintergreen, Louisa, Wild Wing Cafe, Durty Nelly's, all fantastic crowds there to cheer us on, including the C-ville Swing dancers at Wild Wing, wow!

Well, we ain't done yet, more shows at some of the same places but some exciting new things on the horizon as well. Here's a list of our upcoming dates:

April 23rd at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa (smoking permitted!)
April 30 at the Minutemen Motorcycle Club benefit party (more detail TBA)
May 13 at Wild Wing Cafe. That's the Friday night before the first Gordonsville Bullride of the year.
May 14 Gordonsville Bull Ride
May 28 Jake-Aplooza benefit for disabled veterans (more detail coming soon)
June 4 back to Louisa for some hot summer rock!
June 11 Second Gordonsville Bull Ride of the year

We look forward to seeing you all out at as many shows as possible.

And of course as always if you need to spice up your next big party, what better way to do it than to invite us into your garage to blow the big ass door off the shindig!

Thanks for reading, new post coming soon with more detail.

Adam, IHR

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Shows in One Weekend

Hey their IHR fans, new and old!

We made a lot of new friends this weekend at both Wild Wing Cafe on Friday night and the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa on Saturday. Wild Wing was a a fill in gig, another band bailed out and we got the call to play. Somehow it got put in The Hook's calendar, and some nice folks showed up looking for music they could dance to. Some folks from "Swing C'ville" brought some sweet moves and danced the whole night, too cool!

Saturday night was a new experience for IHR. We finally found a club that wanted to stay open till 2:00 instead of all these namby pamby establishments that close at 1:00. We played 4 sets of music at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa and loved every minute of it. Plenty of dancing going there as well, just not quite as coordinated as the Swing C'ville folks the night before.

Saturday night was such a success that we got two more dates booked for the Court Cafe and Pub. April 23rd and June 4th (see you there).

We got an interesting compliment Saturday night from Sandy, owner of the Court Cafe and Pub. She had listened to our CD that Gary had given her when we booked this particular gig, but after hearing us play that night she told me we were way better than what's on that CD. Now, I thought our CD was pretty darn good, at least for a freshmen effort, but it has been almost a year since we recorded it, and I guess we've come a long way.

So, if you want some kick ass music you can dance to at your next party, give me a call, send me an email, grab me at one of our upcoming shows and book us! You'll get more that you bargained for, I promise you.

Later people,
Adam Stoffel
Drummer and manager
(434) 566-8376

Monday, February 28, 2011

Slow Start to 2011 for Ice House Road

Hey there Outlaws,

So 2011 is here and we've only played 1 show. It was a good one, but still only 1! We've got to do something about that people! Well, we are, you can catch us next at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa, Virginia on Saturday night, March 12. And soon to follow dates at Durty Nelly's in C-ville, and possibly some dates in Waynesboro, Staunton, and the Bull Rides in Gordonsville.

As for that one great gig so far, it was our our new favorite establishment, The Dogwood in Palmyra. We like it so much because they are wonderful people there. Great staff, nice place to play, we can smoke there, and they let us jam as loud as our little amps will go. We also like The Dogwood because it didn't close soon after we played there like several other establishments (Rivals, Deuces, Rocktown; RIP.)

Part of the reason we've not been out and about is because Bobby Sims has been quite the busy bullfighter. He earned SEBRA Bullfighter of the year and took a wild ride fighhting bulls at the SEBRA National Finals in Tenessee in January.

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind that you some of our favorite gigs, where we really shine, is at your party. Having a wedding? Memorial Day Celebration? Big ol' family get together? Barmitzvah? We'll bring the outlaw country, just email us to get the party started with some IHR!

See Ya' Bye

Monday, January 3, 2011

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

IHR fans,

From all of us at Ice House Road to all of you, Happy New Year. We finished up 2010 rocking a New Years Eve Party at The Dogwood in Palmyra Virginia. The crowd was great, Snooky on the big screen was, uhh, well, Snooky on the big screen, and we had a fantastic time playing some music for everybody there.

The very next night we drove up to Wintergreen resort and rocked The Edge restaurant. On the way up the mountain we encountered some VERY dense fog. We weren't sure if it was snow from the snow blowers on the slopes getting blown around by the intense wind, or if it was really fog, so Gary decided to call it SNOG. We couldn't stop saying SNOG all night.

It was awesome to play a show with a real soundman. Rezz from Innovative Audio and Sound provided all the amplification, speakers, mics, cords, monitors, and the "magic" button on his soundboard that made us sound like we knew what were doing. All we had to do was show up with our instruments and perform.

I think we gave away just about the last of the 500 CDs we had printed earlier this year up at Wintergreen. And hopefully some of those CDs are being listened to right now. And maybe somebody listening to it is thinking, 'man, these guys are great' and is considering hiring us to play at their next party. If that's you, please contact us at

We are taking the month of January off. Mainly because Bobby has to fighting some bulls in Oklahoma, build a fence, then fight some bulls in Tennessee. Did I mention that Bobby Sims is the SEBRA Bullfighter of the year for 2010. That's right folks. Congrats to Bobby. To see what he did to earn this award, click here. And click here for more info on the SEBRA finals, where Bobby will showcasing his skills, click here.

We already have one show scheduled for the rest of 2011. We'll be back at The Dogwood in late February.

Hope to see you all there.
Adam "J.R." Stoffel