Years before Kacey Musgraves rode her trailer to the top of the country charts, she recorded “Oh, Tonight” with the Josh Abbott Band. The year was 2011, and both acts were already big in Texas, where Abbott had been selling out 6,000-capacity venues like Billy Bob’s Texas for more than a year. Even so, few people outside of the Lone Star State had heard either of them.
What a difference three years can make. This month, while Kacey Musgraves launches a headlining tour in support of her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park, the Josh Abbott Band will release their major label debut with Atlantic Records. The group’s Tuesday Night EP hits stores on September 23rd, although fans can stream its five songs early, exclusively on Rolling Stone Country one week before the official release date. (Listen below.)
“The whole rhetoric behind this EP — and full album to come next year — is having fun, specifically what it was like in those college years,” says Abbott, who formed the group eight years ago as a student at Texas Tech. “‘Hangin’ Around’ is a 2 a.m., ‘what are you doin’, do you want to come over?’ song. ‘Where’s the Party’ kicks you in the teeth at live shows… ‘Tuesday Night’ makes you want to sit on a patio with a beer and tacos immediately. ‘She Don’t Break’ is a sequel to ‘She Will Be Free,’ and encourages girls to not let some asshole get the best of them. Finally, ‘Blush’ is a sweet charmer about the beauty of a girl putting in the effort to get ready for the night. These songs line up with what we do, and that is to show up, entertain, swoon and own that stage.”
After wrapping up a three-week run with the Casey Donahew Band later this week, the Josh Abbot Band will go back to owning those stages on their own. For a band that spent the better part of a decade on the road, building an audience one gig at a time, the live shows are still Josh Abbott Band’s bread and butter.
“When we’re on that stage, we bring it hard,” the frontman adds. “We know that people are there for a good time. They want to catch a buzz, have fun with their friends and possibly get laid that night.”