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Josh Abbott Band
January 12 | 8:30 pm UTC-5$20 – $35
Josh Abbott Band
As Josh Abbott Band moved into the final stages of work on Until My Voice Goes Out, lead singer Josh Abbott’s personal life took a couple significant twists that underscored where JAB finds itself professionally. Abbott’s father suffered a stroke while the album was being recorded, and Josh split his time between the studio and the hospital bedside, finishing all the lead vocals shortly before his dad passed away. Two months later, Josh welcomed his first child into the world.
Those developments in the spring of 2017 nutshelled the circle of life, and in a way, that’s how Until My Voice Goes Out operates. As the band observes 10 years since recording its first single, “Taste,” Voice finds the seven-piece Texas ensemble ending one chapter and beginning another. Its last album, the dramatic Front Row Seat, encapsulated the life cycle of a relationship, from its passionate start to its heartbreaking conclusion. It was a summary document of events from the past.
The genesis of JAB was almost non-descript. Abbott and Davis, frat brothers at Texas Tech University, performed at a couple of open-mic nights at the Blue Light Live in Lubbock. Those dates gave the two budding musicians “the bug,” and they grew their duo into a full-fledged band. Villanueva and fiddler Preston Wait were the first of the current lineup to join, followed by bass player James Hertless and guitarist Caleb Keeter in 2010, and keyboard player David Fralin in 2015.
Texas’ red-dirt scene provides a wealth of touring opportunities for young bands, and JAB made the most of it, quickly vaulting into the upper realms of the state’s live acts with a raucous, raw sound and a certain unpredictability. Once “Taste” appeared on radio stations across the Lone Star State, audiences came out to hear – and sing along with – that song and a wealth of hooky, accessible titles on Scapegoat and their 2010 breakthrough, She’s Like Texas, both released on the band’s own indie label, the appropriately named Pretty Damn Tough Records.
JAB nabbed Top 10 debuts on the Billboard country albums chart with 2012’s Small Town Family Dream and 2015’s Front Row Seat, and the band lobbed five singles onto the Hot Country Songs chart, including the infectious “Hangin’ Around” and “Amnesia.” In a cool quirk, JAB also provided two significant women their first chart exposure: 2011’s “Oh, Tonight” introduced many listeners to award-winning Kacey Musgraves; and 2016’s “Wasn’t That Drunk” set up Carly Pearce to sign with Nashville’s Big Machine Records.
JAB likewise flirted with an established label, though it became self-evident that the band was better suited as an independent.
“We control creative content and timelines and images and everything else,” Abbott says. “We get to shape our own narrative and projection and business plans. I feel like we, as a band, have gotten to a place in our lives where we’re just so happy doing what we’re doing.”
“I feel like we’re way better than we were 10 years ago, and that’s natural,” Abbott says.
“There’s a good vibe among all of us, and a lot of familiarity, so there’s a lot of trust, which is a very simple word but very complex sometimes. There’s no ego. There’s just a group of guys working together, letting each other kind of do their own thing and loving life again.”
Grant Gilbert established his country music credentials in 2017 with his debut EP, “Lost in Transition,” and experienced success with his debut single, “On Guard” in subsequent years. On the outset of Gilbert’s career, he demonstrated traditional country leanings but refined his sound with a classic rock influence, well-founded melodies, and strapping guitar hooks. Gilbert’s version of the regional red dirt sound adjusts to his will and demonstrates an ability to cross over to a rock audience without a hitch, establishing him as an emerging paragon for the genre. Founded by Gilbert and life-long friend Dylan Price (guitar, vocals) out of Santo, Texas, the band burgeoned with the addition of Dakota Merida (bass), Gunner Driver (drums), and Morgan Baker (guitar, vocals) in a move to Lubbock, Texas. An elastic talent, Grant Gilbert andcompany remain a compelling band in concert and on record, showcasing musical prowess beyond their years. Look for Gilbert’s stand out single, “Part of You” April 2018 and the release of his debut, full-length album “Hub City Shakedown” in September.
- January 12
- 8:30 pm
- $20 – $35
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