Back in April, Pleasant Valley Ranch Records released the debut album from the pure country outfit, West Of Texas. The album titled "Heartache, Hangovers & Honk Tonks" dates back to the band's 2010 EP "The Heartache Single," as tragedy struck the band. Now fully recovered, West Of Texas are back with sixteen tracks of classic, honky-tonk country music that keeps the memories of the early days alive and thriving. They get the energy moving with the quick, two-step of "My Whiskey Life" and the addictive, sing-along chorus of "Foolin'." West Of Texas deliver the perfect bar anthem with "Whatcha Drinkin'," as the music and lyrics have that timeless feel. The tempo picks back up with the steady rhythm of "Dead End Job Blues," along with the upbeat swinging, dancing melody of "Bayou Boy." As you listen to songs like "Sign Of A Broken Heart" and "Sound Of My Heart Breakin'," you forget what era this music came out in, as West Of Texas have mastered the recipe for a "down-home, feel good" country song. To find out more about West Of Texas and their latest release "Heartache, Hangovers & Honk Tonks," please visit facebook.com/westoftexas.
Sticking with the country theme, comes another debut release from a newly formed band, Toler Gibson. Kenneth Gibson and Gavin Toler have been in a number of independent rock bands (Bell Gardens, Furry Things) and have bonded over their love of country music. That love has created this new album titled "The Days Before," which will be released on May 28th through Rocket Girl Records. Their new ten track release begins with the mellow flow of "Dead End Lady," which just soothes your senses with their magical harmonies. Toler Gibson showcase the beauty of their songwriting with the gentle folk ballad "Harlingen," before picking the tempo up with the nostalgic, honky-tonk flavor of "Firewater." Their voices mash together perfectly on the classic country vibe of "No Time Too Soon," while "I Want A Dog" is an emotion-filled plea for companionship. Toler Gibson finish their new album with the seventies-sounding pop/folk melody of "Never Go Home" and the swift pace of the closing track "Mountain Room." To find out more about Toler Gibson and their latest release "The Days Before," please visit facebook.com/TheTolerGibsonBand.
Last, but not least, we have the debut release from the country/folk duo Desert Hollow titled "Thirsty." Their new five-song EP will be released on May 14th through Mule Kick Records and begins with the title-track, "Thirsty," which showcases the duo's passion for classic folk and bluegrass. The duo also invited some stellar session musicians to lend a hand on these outstanding tracks. The album continues with the uplifting melody of "I Can't Wait For Summer," which is everyone's plea, while "Look At Those Birds" carries a soft, bluesy vibe, highlighted by the harmonies between Xander Hitzig and Nicole Olney. Desert Hallow wrap up their new album with the quick, two-stepping rhythm of "Take Me Back To Nowhere" and the Celtic-style, folk storytelling of "Mary." To find out more about Desert Hollow and their latest release "Thirsty," please visit deserthollowmusic.com.