If you are just a casual listener to Texas Country music, you are just scratching the surface of all the talented bands and artists that reside in the genre. There are bands popping up all the time and occasionally you will see some newer names sneak up in the top 40 of the Texas Radio charts. If there's something that motivates any person, it's recognition for a job well done. Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons have found themselves with a top 40 single with their hit, Wildfire. (At the time of this writing, 37 on the TRRR) For a newer band, this is nothing short of impressive and must be an incredible feeling to know that stations have been playing your song.
Hearing their song, Wildfire for the first time over the winter left me curious about their music. It's a catchy tune that speaks about a fling that was over as soon as it started. Much like a wildfire, relationships like this go crazy intense for a while, then someone moves on leaving the other heartbroken. This song has just enough flair to keep it interesting and attract the spins that got it in the top 40. I remember posting it originally and my sister had texted me, mentioning that she really enjoyed the song.
The album as a whole features pleasant variation in the tracks which kept me entertained throughout. Prior to pressing play for the first time, I was unsure of what the album would sound like. I soon found myself pleasantly surprised at how these guys put together an enjoyable mix of songs – ranging from the honky tonkin' Whiskey Drinkin' to the country ballad Him and My Baby. In the Texas country scene, there are so many bands, that it can be hard to keep track of them. Only hearing the same big Texas bands can cloud your view of other artists that can put out quality work. That does not mean I'm comparing this album to say Aaron Watson's Vaquero, but it's a damn solid country album worthy of recognition.
You'll find some girl chasing humor on Keep That Girl Away from Me to keep the mood light. It's a song where one friend is into his buddies girl and is being upfront in saying that "as close as we are, I like your girl." Any chance he gets, he's going to try and steal her away for himself. It made me chuckle as I think we all know someone that would do that if given the opportunity. Postcard from the Road speaks about all the sights and experiences that the band has while travelling to different gigs. From the ultimately frustrating living out of a backpack, to the cloudy hangovers from a hard night of performing, Jamie and the boys have it covered. The band sounds incredible on this track as well – it's got all the great classic country beats and sounds that are timeless.
Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons did everything right on this album to make it fun yet have substance that anyone can relate to. I see this album as a maturing moment for them in their musical careers due to the way I felt after listening ten plus times through (and counting). Far too often, listeners will write-off something they don't know if other's approve or don't see constant posts and articles about it. That is one of the reasons I was motivated to share this band and album. In Texas, it can be an over-saturated market and everyone is clawing for a chance in the spotlight. I kept replaying Do It because it's straight up country twang with some honest stories, humor, and heart. Isn't that all anyone can ask for from music?
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