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Winchester Rebels were formed in the backwoods of Santa Barbara California In the fall of 2009. Nick Hunt, (lead vocals) and John Livergood (bass) had discussed putting a band together for years. One cold and rainy night they stumbled out of their home town bar, the Maverick Saloon, and ran into Nick Fitzgerald an old pal who had just been thrown out because of a bar fight. They immediately knew he was the guitar player they wanted. After a couple of practices they started talking about incorporating a second guitar sound into the mix. Fitzgerald then asked pal, (guitarist/banjo) player James Longoria to join the project, and he stepped in without hesitation. Finally, Fitzgerald connected with drummer and childhood friend Barry Carter and asked him to join the group. He accepted, moved to Santa Barbara and the lineup was completed.