Dirtbag celebrating the Sinking Ship.
Photo by Cory Fusting.
Background information
Also known as Dr. T-Bag
Origin Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Genres Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, Crust Punk
Years active 2012 - Present
Labels Doodlehound
Associated acts Bed Sore
Website Facebook
Current members Joshua Hackney
Logan Hollis
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Dirtbag are a doom/sludge metal band from Lexington, Kentucky, USA. A two-piece band that formed in late 2012, they primarily favor themes on weed, personal issues and dark literature. The band is known for their devil-may-care mindset on playing.

Since their formation the band has managed to release a demo album, a live album and two extended plays while establishing themselves as one of Lexington's most notable stoner and doom acts among a bustling scene at the time while managing to tour through various parts of the United States and perform alongside several notable names.

History Edit


Dirtbag was formed by Joshua Hackney and Logan Hollis in the summer of 2012 based on the interests of playing in a band based in heavy sound. [1] Their songs are influenced largely by drugs, literature and personal events. Dirtbag's debut show followed on 14 January 2013 with following shows mainly around the Lexington area with fellow metal bands. The band would play mainly in the Lexington area, writing more songs with time.

Dirtbag would begin 2014 by performing as the opening band for the inaugural edition of the Blood of the Wolf Fest, a festival that primarily featured death metal bands[2]. In the same month of February the band would perform live on WRFL Radio in Lexington. Later in the year Dirtbag would self-release their first record at a show sharing the stage with NYC metal band Mortals[3] and begin a short US tour[4].

The band followed in 2015 performing songs for an EP titled "Sinking Ship" and a tour with Kentucky death metal band Murrowind under the tour name "Pissing In the Wind"[5]. This year would also see a physical release of the radio appearance in the form of Keef Transmissions, a collaboration with Louisville artist Doodlehound.[6]

A second appearance on WRFL happened on November 21, 2015[7]. Three months later the recordings from this session would be mastered and released as Sinking Ship on 20 February 2016.[8] A tour with Lexington, KY grindcore band NerdRage happened in May of 2016 in support of the EP with more new songs sporadically appearing in sets.[9] Dirtbag would begin 2017 with a performance at Best Friend Bar alongside Arktos, performing a set of entirely new songs leading up to a third appearance at Blood of The Wolf Fest.[10]

On 22 May 2017 the band announced they had a new EP in the works titled Voided with plans of a fall tour (Which would change to a 2018 tour with Hawkbill after Hackney sustained an injury skateboarding) and "new shit".[11] Voided would see release on 23 February 2018 via Doodlehound, doing a two-day release party with the likes of Blind Scryer, Hawkbill and Black Kaspar. 2019 would see Dirtbag sharing the stage with the likes of Weedeater, Eyehategod, The Obsessed, Toke ANTiSEEN, Howling Giant, Vampyre and Spotlights among others, closing out the year with a five-date tour alongside Louisville stoner rockers Blind Scryer.

Members Edit

Discography Edit

Tours Edit

Dirtbag Tour 2014 Edit

Tour 2014 was a tour by Dirtbag, spanning four (Intended to be six) dates to promote their self-titled album at the time and performing all songs from it. [12]

  • November 4, 2014 - The Green Lantern, Lexington, Kentucky (With Whitehall Bear)
  • November 5, 2014 - Indianapolis, Indiana (Canceled)
  • November 6, 2014 - Modern Cult Records, Louisville, Kentucky (With Chigger)
  • November 7, 2014 - The Poison Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • November 8, 2014 - The House of Steele, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • November 9, 2014 - Reggies 42nd Street Tavern, Wilmington, North Carolina (Canceled)


  • Cast Out
  • Resurrection
  • Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of the Witches)
  • Father Paranoia
  • Haunt
  • Existence Cutter

Pissing In The Wind (2015) Edit

See the Pissing In The Wind page.

Summer / Fall Lexington Residency (2015) Edit

Summmer / Fall Lexington Residency was a string of performances by Dirtbag in the immediate Lexington area, leading up to the recording of Sinking Ship and raising money for a future tour. Notably, the band chose to only play songs from the forthcoming EP at this point, omitting any songs from the 2014 album entirely.

  • August 27, 2015 - Al's Bar, Lexington, Kentucky
  • August 31, 2015 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, Kentucky (With DeAnimator, Led To The Grave)[13]
  • September 12, 2015 - The Studio On Main, Harrodsburg, Kentucky (With NerdRage, Sounds of Laughter, Elvess & the Dream Boy)[14]
  • September 19, 2015 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, Kentucky (With Toke, All Hell)[15]
  • September 25, 2015 - Green Lantern, Lexington, Kentucky (With Bask, Ratship, Whitehall Bear)[16]
  • October 17, 2015 - Al's Sidecar, Lexington, Kentucky
  • November 21, 2015 - WRFL 88.1 Studios, Lexington, Kentucky
  • December 11, 2015 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, Kentucky (With Whitehall Bear, Warhammer, Best Friend Band)[17]


  • Blacked Out
  • Sinking Ship
  • Father's Sons

Dirtbag and NerdRage Tour Spring 2016 (2016) Edit

See the Sinking Ship Tour for more details.

Summer / Fall Lexington Residency II (2016) Edit

Summer / Fall Lexington Residency II is a series of shows by Dirtbag in the Lexington area throughout the summer and fall of 2016, primarily playing the Sinking Ship EP with the intent of premiering new songs in the future.

  • June 18, 2016 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Dad, Warhammer; Night of the Living Duos)
  • July 16, 2016 - Big Hair HQ, Lexington, KY (With Gassed, Frustrate, Basura)
  • July 23, 2016 - Event 88, Mount Sterling, KY (With Dire Reverie, Left to the Wolves, Bastard Sons of a Judas Goat)
  • August 6, 2016 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Pink Mass, Pisskvlt, NerdRage)
  • August 20, 2016 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Warhammer)
  • September 9, 2016 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Arktos, Beldam)
  • September 10, 2016 - Broomwagon Coffee and Bikes, Lexington, KY (With Autocrat, Astralnaut, BOMBS)
  • September 17, 2016 - Hometron, Lexington, KY (With NerdRage, Hawkbill)
  • October 14, 2016 - Big Hair HQ, Lexington, KY (With All American Werewolves, Vibrolas, Period Bomb, Tottals, Dr. Paul)
  • October 28, 2016 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Piss, Sleep Over, Chemical)
  • November 9, 2016 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Arktos, Pyromancer, Ulutalum Tollunt)
  • November 19, 2016 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Toke, Hawkbill, Arktos and Gassed; Fistula intended to play but canceled.)
  • December 8, 2016 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Potslammer, Whitehall Bear)


  • Blacked Out
  • Sinking Ship
  • Father's Sons
  • Voided (June 18)

Forever Hangover Tour (2017) Edit

See the Forever Hangover Tour page.

Hawkbill and Dirtbag Spring 2018 Tour (2018) Edit

See the Hawkbill and Dirtbag Spring Tour 2018 page.

Summer Tour 2019 (2019) Edit

See the Summer Tour 2019 page.

Links Edit

References Edit

  7. Dirtbag Live @ WRFL Studios, Lexington, KY, accessed February 21, 2016.
  8. Dirtbag's BandcampSinking Ship EP, accessed February 21, 2016.
  9. Setlist.fmAccessed 21 June 2016.
  10. Setlist.fmAccessed 27 February 2017
  11. Dirtbag's FacebookAccessed 24 May 2017
  12. FacebookFaceboook Event: Dirtbag Tour 2014, Accessed February 29, 2016.
  13. Facebook Event
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V·T·E Dirtbag
Current Members Joshua HackneyLogan Hollis
Releases Dirtbag (2014)Keef Transmissions (2015)Sinking Ship (2016)Voided (2018)
Associated Bands and Artists Bed Sore • Cory Fusting • Mike Bray
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