Back Country Roads plays variety of covers at Fatty’s

By Carl Nadig

DeKalb | Country fans welcomed back local band Back Country Roads for an evening of rural tunes.

The six-membered band played country covers Friday at Fatty’s, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway.

The night featured a variety of covers, including Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Dustin Lynch’s “She Cranks My Tractor” and a song by Lady Antebellum.

In January, Back Country Roads toured to Cancún, Mexico, before returning to DeKalb and starting the year’s schedule at Fatty’s.

“[Fatty’s] is kind of our home base,” said Dave Miller, band manager and bassist. “Normally we’re doing festivals all summer from June to October, so this is pretty rare that we’re out on a summer weekend night. Here, it’s more intimate.”

The homegrown band from DeKalb performs a list of country covers, usually from the Top 40 country radio hits, according to

Back Country Roads originally formed five years ago as an acoustic band. Now, the six members are geared with electric instruments and a small light show. Ever since acquiring additional members, the band has booked a variety of shows throughout the U.S.

“A buddy of mine [and I] started playing a few songs, and we thought ‘this is pretty cool,’” said vocalist Kyle Miller. “We got a gig at O’Leary’s, and after that, all of the bars started calling us. It kind of went off from there.”

The band is working on musical projects for the near future.

“We’re working on originals,” said female vocalist Cortney Alber. “Our goal is by the end of summer to have some recorded and out on iTunes.”