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She's Like Texas
     

She's Like Texas

by Josh Abbott Band
 
The Josh Abbott Band's sophomore effort rumbles out like a Texas thunderstorm. His opening track, "Road Trippin," is a good-ole-boy party anthem that speaks to Abbott's time as a Texas Tech frat boy. This rambunctious road-trip tale, fueled by energetic fiddle and guitar playing, offers a strong introduction to Abbott's muscular

Overview

The Josh Abbott Band's sophomore effort rumbles out like a Texas thunderstorm. His opening track, "Road Trippin," is a good-ole-boy party anthem that speaks to Abbott's time as a Texas Tech frat boy. This rambunctious road-trip tale, fueled by energetic fiddle and guitar playing, offers a strong introduction to Abbott's muscular country-rock sound, although it doesn't suggest his full range. The bulk of She's Like Texas finds Abbott examining relationships -- being in love and, more often, trying to repair love. These aren't unusual country song topics but Abbott finds fresh ways to express them, especially the rockier side of romance. The instantly catchy, smartly written "All of a Sudden" is rousing both musically and lyrically, as it reveals a man who realizes that his woman is gone. "If You're Leaving (I'm Coming Too)" is another strong track dealing with a troubled relationship. Built around the clever title line, Abbott also stocks it with other winning couplets like "If I'm broken promises, baby you're the lies." The reconciliation theme rises again in "Fall in Love Again," which -- along with "I Just Wanna Love You" -- stands as a heartfelt evocation of love, simple but not sappy. "Hot Water" heats things up with its steamy shower seduction scenario; however, the strongest love song here is "Oh, Tonight." Abbott, sounding somewhat like Steve Earle, nicely projects masculine strength and sensitivity as he duets with fellow Texan (and onetime Nashville Star contestant) Kacey Musgraves. The title track is a sweet, easy-to-like love ode to a girl that also serves as a Lone Star State valentine. "Bushy Creek" and "End of a Dirt Road" are good-timing tunes that extol the virtues of small-town life. The latter song, which includes guest vocals from Roger Creager and Trent Willmon, serves as something of a road tune bookend to the opening number. The album concludes with "Let My Tears Be Still," which is somewhat out of character with the rest of the disc. This spare, piano-based tune is a moving portrait of an old, dying WWII/Korean War vet who is looking back at his life. The songwriting maturity shown here reveals that Abbott is more than just a fun-loving frat boy with girl troubles. Producer Erik Herbst does a fine job helping to provide Abbott with a full-bodied yet grounded sound, as does his backing band, particularly lead guitarist Gabe Hanson and fiddler Preston Wait. There is much to love in She's Like Texas and, with this terrific disc, Josh Abbott stands poised to be the next big talent to the leap out of fertile Texas music scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/2010
Label:
Pretty Damn Tough
UPC:
0844667021301
catalogNumber:
2130
Rank:
38290

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Abbott Band   Primary Artist
Milo Deering   Mandolin
Gerald Jones   Banjo
Josh Abbott   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Roger Creager   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Trent Willmon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Erik Herbst   Acoustic Guitar
Kacey Musgraves   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Preston Wait   Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Charla Corn   Background Vocals
Jay Clementi   Background Vocals
Clay Corn   Piano,Background Vocals
Gabe Hanson   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Baritone,Group Member
Edward Villanueva   Drums,Group Member
Daniel Almodova   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jerry Saracini   Drum Technician
Josh Abbott   Composer
Erik Herbst   Producer,Engineer
Angie Broberg   Composer
Tom Worth   Composer
Jay Clementi   Composer
Amanda Todd   Composer
Daniel Almodova   Composer
Chip Boyd   Composer
Sunny Helms   Composer
Daniel Almadova   Composer

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