Un-weird Fact #1: the album surpasses my wildest hopes for the band. I feared the sophomore jinx, and that didn't happen here. TSC have really done an awesome job on this. There are minor quibbles I have with it, like the mixing — I think it sounds kind of muddy and low, but I've been playing it on a damn PC or a stock truck CD player AND I've been listening to it with some abused 43 year old ears. But, the bottom line here is that they've captured the essence of not just their sound, but their Texas roots, most importantly their West Texas roots. Colt's pickin' and Amanda's fiddlin' are just plain soulful — it's great late-night, driving-down-a-dark-highway, blanket-of-stars, coyote-howlin', Marfa-lights spooky country rock — does that make sense to anyone? If it does, then you know what I mean.
So, anyway — go get the CD. It's available at the utterly invaluable LoneStarMusic.com, and they have samples of all the songs on the album for that doofy Windows Media Player. They also carry TSC's first album, so get that, too, if you ain't got it already.
To entice you even further, provided you've read this far, I'm hosting a full MP3 version of one of the songs off the CD, "Pictures", over at the Tiny Bidness website (no one wants to go camping in December, so I've got oodles of bandwidth to burn.) I'll leave it up for a while, as long as the traffic doesn't burn down the server. And I got full permission from the band to put this up, too, so don't be busting my chops. Just get the album, babies. Of course, no album can compare with seeing these yootful Texicans live (not IMnotsoHO). They really rock it all out live. So get out there and go see them — you won't regret it. You'll be knocked out, I promise. And you'll be supporting independent music, something you want to do anyway, right?
For those in the Dallas area, they're playing Dec. 19th at the All-Good Cafe, down in that Deep Ellum. I imagine that I shall make that show. Say the secret word (crawdad), and I'll stand ye to a Shiner (Bock, not Light).