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The ‘Josh Abbott Band’ to perform at Jubilee

The ‘Josh Abbott Band’  to perform at Jubilee
“Josh Abbott Band”

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June 4, 2014
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The “Josh Abbott Band” will headline the Friday, June 20, entertainment at the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee in Stockdale.

The “Josh Abbott Band” has undergone a few personnel changes in its short lifespan, but the current lineup -- comprised of longtime members Preston Wait (fiddle) and Edward Villanueva (drums), along with lead guitarist Caleb Keeter, bassist James Hertless, and Abbott’s old college friend Austin Davis, back in the mix on electric banjo after a few seasons pursuing other interests -- has now played hundreds of shows together across Texas and beyond, resulting in what is easily the band’s best-sounding recording to date.

From ballads to roots-rocking songs on either the modern country or Americana scene, the band continues to tour on the West Coast, along with New Mexico, Denver, Kansas, Nebraska, Chicago, Texas, and even toward the East.

Abbott’s independent Texas spirit is stronger than ever. Among his goals “from the get-go,” he says, was for his band to distinguish itself as one of the “most successful independent country bands” of its era.

Abbott didn’t even begin writing songs until around 2004, when he was still in grad school at Texas Tech in Lubbock. A diehard Texas country fan, he’d picked up guitar a few years earlier, mainly to strum along to his favorite Pat Green songs.

“Josh Abbott has ascended to that A-list level of the Texas country scene faster than anyone I’ve ever seen coming from an upstart position,” said Chris Mosser, the morning host of Austin’s 98.1 KVET-FM. “And it seems to me that for a lot of the younger Texas country fans, he’s definitely the gravitational center of the current scene.”

Fans in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and beyond helped the independently released “She’s Like Texas” climb all the way to No. 28 on the national country chart.

“We want to impact fans that really care about our music and that are willing to drive up to two hours to come and see us play. To me, that’s success, right there,” Abbott said. “For now, we’re happy making music and connecting with our fans.”

“Micky & The Motorcars” will open for the “Josh Abbott Band.”

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