A Thousand Horses, Watson dish it out
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
– A Thousand Horses already has a hit on its hands with "Smoke," and now are releasing the CD "Southernality." A Thousand Horses is a southern rock band that echoes the Black Crowes. The group had a release on Interscope in 2010.
Laura Bell Bundy has gained more acclaim with her acting career (she was in "Legally Blonde" on Broadway) and returns with "Another Piece of Me." The first single is "I Am What I Am." Bundy's last release was a double-themed CD, "Achin' and Shakin'."
Dale Watson, a long-time purveyor of traditional country music, released "Call Me Insane." The Texan recorded the disc in Austin with Lloyd Maines producing and his road band, The Lone Stars, playing as well. The disc contains 14 songs, closing with "Mama's Don't Let Your Cowboys Grow Up to Be Babies."
The Deslondes, a New Orleans-based Americana band mixing R&B, country and Cajun sounds, releases its self-titled debut on New West. The quintet consists of Sam Doores (vocals/guitar), Riley Downing (vocals/guitar), Dan Cutler (vocals/stand-up bass), Cameron Snyder (vocals/percussion) and John James Tourville (pedal steel/fiddle).
Long-running bluegrass band, Big Country Bluegrass, is out with its 18th release, "Country Livin'." The band includes Lynwood Lunsford on banjo.
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How did A Thousand Horses get so good so quickly? They're already using the executive washroom everyone thought belonged to Florida Georgia Line and are a band with a monster debut country single ("Smoke" from 2015) and a spate of award nominations. Michael Hobby's tough-as-leather voice (with soul cred) is a big part of it. But unlike a lot of other acts, the story doesn't end with a front man.
This band rocks hard, a tight unit where every member is a potential »»»
If you hadn't bothered to look at the album jacket and know that it was A Thousand Horses putting its stamp on the music, you'd think Keith Richards was handling the guitar riffs of the opening "First Time." Not to mention the wailing female backing vocals several minutes in. While it's not the first (or last) time, anyone has heard these riffs, at least A Thousand Horses has the musical chops.
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock."
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