The texas gentlemen
tx jelly (2017)
THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN REMIX DEPECHE MODE’S “COVER ME”
DEBUT ALBUM TX JELLY OUT NOW ON NEW WEST RECORDS
ON TOUR NOW, INCLUDING EXTENSIVE U.S. TOURS WITH PAUL CAUTHEN AND THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA
"These Gentlemen are the real McCoy."–Paste Magazine
The Texas Gentlemen have released a remix of Depeche Mode’s “Cover Me” adding a gritty, funky vibe to the acclaimed electronic band’s new single from their recent album, Spirit. Of the remix, the Gents’ bandleader and producer, Beau Bedford, offers, “It was an honor to get Depeche Mode's tracks and David Gahan's vocals set up on tape and to have the opportunity to play new music as a band to DM's ‘Cover Me.’ We love out of the box collaborations like this! The ‘Cover Me’ single really pushed us sonically into new spaces with our dear friend/drummer/engineer/producer, Matt Pence, helping lead the way. Ultimately, the musical composition crescendoed into an improvised rock section at the end of the track where you really get to hear the Gents like never before.” Listen HERE. The remix follows the release of The Texas Gentlemen’s debut album TX Jelly, which is out now via New West Records. The 11-song set has gained worldwide attention with Uncut calling it “every inch as eclectic as you might hope for" and “a rampant showcase for a band who refuse to adhere to the usual limits” in an 8 out of 10 star review. Vice’s music site Noisey recently premiered a full stream of the album HERE and praised, “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." In celebration of the release, The Texas Gentlemen are currently on an extensive U.S. tour, which includes supporting Paul Cauthen for a 15-show run that begins next Friday, October 20, and joining The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour presented by SiriusXM. Please see below for full tour details.
Recently named one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone Country, The Texas Gentlemen is 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. Bedford originally assembled the Gents as an all-purpose backing band for singer-songwriters such as Leon Bridges and Nikki Lane. The Lone Star-bred collective has quickly become the go-to group of players, continuing to back an incredible array of artists including George Strait, Ed Sheeran, Shakey Graves, Shawn Mendes, Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ray Benson, Joe Ely (who described them as “the best backing band I have ever played with. Seriously.”), and many more. Last year, they were they were joined by iconic troubadour Kris Kristofferson at the Newport Folk Festival for what Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the festival’s “most exciting sets.” Kristofferson so enjoyed collaborating with the band that he enlisted them to reprise their roles in a series of critically acclaimed Texas concerts. The Gents returned to Newport this summer for a Chuck Berry Tribute with Charlie Sexton and special guests Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Shakey Graves, and Nathaniel Rateliff. This appearance, as well as performances at AmericanaFest and Pilgrimage Festival, earned the band "Best Of" placement by Rolling Stone Country, CMT, Wide Open Country, The Boot, and more.
Leading up to TX Jelly’s release, The Texas Gentlemen premiered a series of music videos for the album’s standout tracks that show the band’s witty, fun-loving side. Directed by Horatio Baltz, the video for “Bondurant Woman” is a parody of the 1997 cult documentary Hands on a Hard Body, which depicts a group of contestants competing to win a pickup truck in Longview, TX. To be declared the winner, the last Texas Gent left standing with his hand on the truck wins the prize. Wide Open Country premiered the standard length version of the video (seen HERE), and The Boot premiered the extended, 15-minute documentary version of the video which offers more details to the backstories of each character the band members play (seen HERE). Rolling Stone Country also previously premiered the video for their first single “Pain,” which can be seen HERE, stating, “‘Pain,’ written and sung by pianist Daniel Creamer, is a perfect introduction to their rootsy mix of Southern rock and folk, an upbeat cross between The Band and early-Seventies-era George Harrison.” Paste Magazine originally announced the release and premiered the video for the album opener “Habbie Doobie,” which depicts the band jamming in their Modern Electric Sound Recorders studio in their hometown of Dallas, TX with a guest appearance by none other than a Texas armadillo. Watch it HERE.
TX Jelly was cut live in four days at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL and was produced by Bedford. The album was paired down from 28 songs recorded in a 96-hour time span spent at FAME and moves between contemplative and raucous, encompassing the full breadth of the American music experience. Touching on blues, soul, folk, country, rock, and gospel, TX Jelly is real, raw, and righteous. From first track to last, you can feel The Texas Gentlemen reaching deep inside themselves and finding what’s genuine - what illuminates the truth of the country’s rich, complicated and singular artistic history. TX Jelly effortlessly connects way back to what’s next and oozes with skill backed up by hard-won authenticity.
TX Jelly Track Listing:
1. Habbie Doobie
3. Bondurant Women
4. Dream Along
6. My Way
8. TX Jelly
9. Pretty Flowers
10. Shakin All Over
11. Trading Paint
PRAISE FOR TX JELLY
"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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