Best of 2008 Repost Series (Honky-Tonk Friday Version) – Twofer with Eleven Hundred Springs and Rancho Deluxe

I wrote about both of these groups in April/May and couldn’t help but to put them together for this honky-tonk Friday twofer.

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Eleven hundred Springs are a Texas based country band. They’ve been around in one form or another for a decade or so. The songs I’ve heard don’t stray too far what the band knows best and that’s Texas, trucks, Hank Williams, drinkin’ and broken hearts. The song “Texas Afternoon” has most of those bases covered and is the first song off their upcoming Lloyd Maines produced record Country Jam.

Pre-order the new record here (ships 05/06)

Texas Afternoon [Download]

This new record from Rancho Deluxe should go a long way in separating the band from their Californian alt-country brethren. True Freedom is the band’s second album and features a sterling cast of supporting characters including Don Heffington on drums and Skip Edwards on piano.

“Maintenance Man” may be the first time in song that the lonely janitor get his due. It’s an odd little ode to the working man but it works due in part to the layers of guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, bass and drums.

You can order this July release a little early here now.

Maintenance Man [Download]

One Response to “Best of 2008 Repost Series (Honky-Tonk Friday Version) – Twofer with Eleven Hundred Springs and Rancho Deluxe”

  1. dan says:

    The whine of a steel guitar, the pluck of a mandolin, and the strum of a banjo are sounds long forgotten by Nashville. Nice post! I love that steel guitar. Violin strings ain't country. We don't need'em or want'em. If it's country, make it sound country. This sounds country.