The Texas Gentlemen
TX Jelly (2017)
The Texas Gentlemen is a Lone Star-bred collective with an ever-evolving cast of characters based around the core sextet of Beau Bedford, Nik Lee, Daniel Creamer, Matt McDonald, Ryan Ake, and Scott Lee. Their debut album TX Jelly – cut live over four days at the legendary FAME Studios and produced by Bedford – moves between contemplative and raucous, encompassing all facets of American music: blues, soul, folk, country, rock, and gospel. It is real, raw, and righteous.
Now the go-to group of players for country, pop, and everything in-between, the Gents have also backed an incredible array of artists including George Strait, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Leon Bridges, Shakey Graves, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ray Benson, Joe Ely, Nikki Lane, and many more.
"Watching the Texas Gentlemen is like watching The MGs or The Dap-Kings or even The Band."
–Classic Rock Magazine
"It's a fantastic collection of good-ass guitar music. Sometimes it sounds like The Beatles, sometimes Jefferson Airplane, sometimes Leon Russell. It's both funky and psychedelic, softly acoustic singer-songwriter, and occasionally perverted."–Vice/Noisey
"...an upbeat cross between the Band and early-Seventies-era George Harrison."–Rolling Stone Country
"...TX Jelly is every inch as eclectic as you might hope for. No single style dominates on a dizzying set of originals (save for a psychedelic elongation of "Shakin' All Over') that crackle with spontaneous energy."
"...a rampant showcase for a band who refuse to adhere to the usual limits."
–UNCUT (8 out of 10 star review)
"These Gentlemen are the real McCoy."–Paste Magazine
"'Habbie Doobie,' the instrumental opener, sets out their stall. It's an old-fashioned riff affair, the kind that bands regularly came up with in rock's early days, but the TG's take it into contemporary territory in hard-hitting style, forever building on the basic theme. The title track is an intriguing rhythm thing, 'Shakin' All Over' proves they're pretty adept with cover-shots, while 'Superstition' (not the Stevie Wonder song) attests that they can handle harmony vocals in impressive fashion."–MOJO (4 out of 5 stars)
"The Texas Gentlemen is not only a breath of fresh air but a solace for the overproduced poison of pop music garbage on the airways today."–No Depression
"It’s an authentic, confident sprawl of exploration and Americana from a group of musicians who don’t just love playing music, but also have a deep rooted appreciation for its history."–No Depression
"...the best backing group you’ve probably never heard of." –Texas Monthly
“...the sound that would have emerged if the legendary The Band were playing a Texas roadhouse.”–Twangville
“The Texas Gentlemen may just be the ones to save Country music.”–Innocent Words
“When six Dallas Studio musicians…hit the brief on the nose with this soulful stunner.”
–Classic Rock, Ultimate Playlist 2017
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