Often, we are focused on the young guns of country music - you know, the next big thing. Sometimes we forget that there are some talented, more seasoned folks out there that fully enjoyed, experienced, and even played alongside the early likes of George Straight and Conway Twitty. Many of these bands are likely going to stay fairly regional because of how competitive the Texas arena is. That does not mean however, that they shouldn’t be talked about, especially when they have some surprisingly good releases. A group of longtime friends have stuck together through all the challenges of nearly three decades of life, and now make up a group called Rumor Town. And despite their latest single being coined The Apology, they should feel anything but sorry for creating some seriously authentic country music.
For a band like Rumor Town, they don’t need none of that stinkin’ fluff so many new bands try to pull out. These guys are country singers dammit, and that’s exactly what they are going to play. I watched a bunch of their live videos, and they play just like they sound through the recording on Spotify. Let’s face it, these guys are not 22 so I’m not going to pretend they are. I paid attention to see if they tried any of the stunts some wanna be stars try with the tight pants and silly antics. Nope. Every video had them up passionately singing while people danced in front of the stage. That’s what it’s all about. No grinding here, just that trademark Texas -Two Step.
So, let’s talk about The Apology and its fantastic time-capsule experience. This song first of all is funny for all of the reasons us guys know all too well. It’s the equivalent of just throwing your arms up in the air when the Mrs. is ticked off and you just don’t know why. Guys, we all know this even with sweet ole mamma. Sometimes it’s just easier to throw in the towel and apologize for everything to cover all the bases. If you can stop maybe five of the ten things that will soon be thrown at you, then hey, that apology worked I guess. It’s all about damage control when your married… at least that’s what I’ve learned with my dad LOL!
While I love the humorous nature of this song, it is a genuine country song, straight out of the 80s and 90’s. There is a full band here and it’s all real - no computer beats. No fluff. No antics. The twangy guitar, the jingling of the piano keys, and the traditional country beat all make this song so pleasant to this country lover’s ear. It proves, that while mainstream country has been off on a long-term vacation elsewhere, many artists have continued their efforts to keep the real sound alive.
Are these guys going to be the next big superstars of Texas Country? Probably not, and that’s not a hateful comment. It’s realistic, as I try to be here. Should you listen to their music? From what I’ve listened to, I certainly think so. What Rumor Town as a band does is going to resonate with those that really crave the glory days of the 80’s and 90’s. Their image and their sound represent that quite well and they know it. I saw another song they released earlier this year, Heartbreak Highway and once again, it fit that same mold of classic country. It has a super catchy Alan Jackson like sound and as someone who loves me some AJ, I thoroughly have enjoyed this tune.
Rumor Town has found the style that works for them, they don’t try to pretend they are something they aren’t, and are committed to making some mighty fine Texas music. That’s all a guy like me can ask for.
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