Texas country artists have a proud independent streak, and they’re not afraid to tell you about it. Every once in a while, though, they’re willing to give their Music City counterparts their due. Josh Abbott Band appreciate having the best of both worlds, which is the basis of their swaggering new song “Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey,” the first glimpse of the Texas sextet’s upcoming LP, Until My Voice Goes Out.
With its electric piano and blaring horns, “Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey” takes a page out of Nashville’s playbook, bearing more than a passing resemblance to the soulful strut of Lady Antebellum’s recent “You Look Good.” But while it may sound like a change of direction, the song – written by Josh Abbott, Josh Hoge, and Michael Haney – stays right on message for the band reared on Lubbock’s hard-partying Texas Tech campus. “When one does you wrong, the other does you right,” Abbott sings, passing up tobacco, fishing, and even the beach, a counterpoint of sorts to fellow Texans Eli Young Band’s sun-soaked “Saltwater Gospel.”
“It was Michael’s idea for the song, but I didn’t want to write another Texas song. It had such a fun groove and vibe to it, it didn’t feel like just another Texas song, it just felt like a good-time country song,” Abbott tells Rolling Stone Country. “I think the horns are a game changer on this song. They take it from upbeat and groovy to fun and danceable. I see this being a huge cornerstone in our live shows in upcoming years.”
The horns on “Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey” aren’t a one-off either, as Until My Voice Goes Out is slated to feature not only horn but also string arrangements throughout, courtesy of Rob Mathes, of Sting and Tony Bennett fame. The new LP, the follow up to 2015’s Front Row Seat concept album that topped the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, sees them work once more with producer Dwight Baker and is due to be released August 18th on their own label, Pretty Damn Tough Records.