I didn't see this show when it premiered a year ago, but it's back on TruTV starting tonight (Nov. 17) for a second season. Since "Full Throttle Saloon" is not nearly as outrageous, I'm guessing it is more "real" than "Ma's Roadhouse" turned out to be.
So-called "reality" shows generally are not my favorite, but I did give this one a look. Once again, I want to emphasize that "reality TV" isn't real, so let's just get that out of the way.
Here's the lowdown on "Full Throttle": Dreadlocked white-boy rocker Michael Ballard owns this bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, billed as "The World's Largest Biker Bar." The grounds include shops, bars, cabins, restaurants, burn-out pits and acres of parking. Two weeks a year, during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, it is just one of a number of local bars aggressively competing to collect the buckage of thousands of bikers who flock there each year.
Last year, the 69th rally, Ballard anticipated a big profit. But hail and other setbacks severely disappointed his expectations. This year, for the 70th anniversary of the rally, in 2010. He starts this season warning that if he doesn't turn things around significantly, he'll have to close the bar.
One of his partners is his girlfriend, Angie, of "Angieland" where she shows off two of her best assets. She also dances with the Flaunt Girls, who she hopes will go big-time when a talent scout visits.
|The Flaunt Girls entertain|
Here's a little sample. Something's wrong with the sound, but you get the picture.
Also in this crew is Jesse James Dupree -- lead singer for Jackyl, which has performed on the show -- not to be confused with the Jesse James who started the now-defunct West Coast Choppers, starred in "Monster Garage" and broke the heart of America's Sweetheart, Sandra Bullock.
And speaking of Sturgis, come back on Friday for a review of the film documentary "Why Sturgis?"