A Double Bill of Texas Country on the Lower East Side Tomorrow

September 8th, 2014

While in school at Texas Tech University, Josh Abbott teamed up with some fraternity brothers to form the Texas-country group the Josh Abbott Band (above, performing “Hangin’ Around” for the Bing Lounge). Now based in Austin, Texas, the band consists of Abbott (vocals and guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (guitar and harmonica), Eddie Villanueva (drums) and Preston Wait (fiddle). They’ve put out three well-received albums, including 2012’s Small Town Family Dream (stream it below), and they’re currently out on the road with another like-minded Texas-country outfit, the Casey Donahew Band (below, doing “One Flag” live for the Texas Music Scene TV), also a six-piece, but with, perhaps, a bit of an edgier outlaw image. Donahew’s gang has released five crowd-pleasing albums, the most recent of which, Standoff (stream it below), came out last year. And both bands bring a taste of authentic Texas country to the Lower East Side when they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.