Because Songs Matter


Anyone who pays any attention to music in Florida has heard about The Takers at some point in the past year, and since Suburban Home picked them up the hype machine has been doing nothing but gaining momentum. By the time Virgil reached out to me with a copy of their debut album, Taker Easy, I was already wondering if they would be able to match the advance billing. Now, after spending some 2 months with the cd and managing to catch them live at the Citrus Circuit Tour, I can readily proclaim that yes, they are worthy of the hype.  Now hopefully with the cd finally coming out the rest of the country will get behind this little band from Gainesville.

The Takers are a ragtag collection of bike mechanics, cooks, restaurant managers, cashiers and recycled ink salesmen out of Tim Tebow-land (Gainesville). They came together as a band almost by accident when Devon Vlasin (singer) found himself in need of a backing band to open for an upcoming Willie Heath Neal show. A few phone calls and free beer bribes netted a temporary band that decided to keep at it after the show. After some member revisions and additions, the band finally settled in with Devon Vlasin bring joined by Chad Smith and Ronnie Holmes on electric guitars, Jerome Goodman on bass, Mike Collins on pedal steel and Jon Reinertsen playing drums.

Having caught his ear, Coody from Suburban Home’s Ninja Gun started talking them up to Virgil Dickerson who took more than a passing interest (psst: Virgil, check out Truckstop Coffee from Lake Worth). After some phone calls, the label and the band agreed that Suburban Home would put out the “Curse of A Drunk” single and that they should all meet during Virgil’s trip to 08’s Fest to discuss a future relationship. The rest, as they say, is history, and we’re now blessed with Taker Easy.

Taker Easy is, at the risk of sounding trite, exactly what I think of when I think about “Florida Country”, which is to say they’re as much rock and roll as they are shit kickers and twang. Suburban is selling the album as their “outlaw country” band, a modern version of Waylon Jennings, if you will. I’d say they have a little more rock and roll in them than that description suggests, but otherwise I have no qualms with it. I could go into long, descriptive, RIYL tangents, but why should I? Suburban Home has been gracious enough to allow us to stream the entire album here on ninebullets, so why not just check it out for yourself.  Personally I think, like me, that you’ll find Taker Easy to not only be Essential Listening, but also that it’ll probably end up being a Top 10 of the year. And as a Floridian, I am proud that these fellas are from my state.

The Takers - Curse of a Drunk     

The Takers - Taker Easy     

The Takers on myspace, Buy Taker Easy



  1. TheOtherBrit TheOtherBrit
    July 28, 2009    

    Yet another tease for the album that I can’t seem to get my hands on. Fortunately all the streams have held me over until Virgil finally gets the vinyl in.

    Coody told me that hopefully there’ll be an Atlanta Ninja Gun show in the future so I can only hope he’ll bring these guys with him!

  2. July 28, 2009    

    Thanks for reviewing the record and posting the stream. I figured this would be right up your alley. I am hopeful we can get these guys on a good tour and get them in front of people. The record is so damn good.

    And as a sidebar, I did checkout Truckstop Coffee. I liked what I heard. Tell them to come visit Colorado so I can meet them one day (and see them rock)

  3. July 28, 2009    

    will do.
    on a side note, I am trying to get the wife to release funds so I can make the Sat. show of the SH 14th Anniv. Party.

  4. July 28, 2009    

    That would be amazing if you could make it out. It would be great to meet you. Why only Saturday? Both nights and the entire weekend are gonna be amazing.

  5. July 28, 2009    

    i cant believe tim tebow actually made it onto your website…

    but yeah, the takers are bad ass. another gem from my hometown.

  6. Larry Larry
    July 29, 2009    

    Yeah, those guys are pretty good. And I’ve seen Devon sleep on a detached van seat in a living room. If that’s not rock n roll…

  7. July 29, 2009    

    After boozing with Devon during the Fest, he was taking a crap and realized he had to puke. The great thing is he had no shame and told us what happened the next day.

  8. Larry Larry
    July 30, 2009    

    Uh oh. A number 3.

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