Cue the Don LaFontaine voiceover.
In a world…littered with homogenized, pathetically pale imitations of of schmalz attempting to pass as country music, always count on the defiant ones to keep it real. Quite a few of those genuine gems are shaking things up in the Live Music Capital, and searing eardrums at the top of the list is the down ‘n’ dirty, floor-board rattlin’, whiskey-swillin’ cosmic cowboy outlaws, Mayeux & Broussard.
It’s easy to love on the hoodlums behind the true blue hazy philosophizing of “Stoned and Broke Down,” the very same dudes who tell it like it is with the unflinching real-life grit of “Back at Home.” You’ve got guitarists/vocalists Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard at the helm, drummer Taylor Englert and bassist James Moritz delivering one hell of a live show, and this month, they’re packin’ heat with a brand new release. The boys still got the whiskey, but they’ve also brought the gasoline and matches on Hot In Tejas. It dives right into the twang with caffeinated kicker “Coffee” (featured on today’s AMM); cruises on down the line with mother-truckin’ “Halfway To Houston”; ropes you into honky-tonk sexy times with your daddy’s worst nightmare on “Kool and Handsome”; tugs at the heart and guitar strings on “California Moon”; and doesn’t mince words on what may well become your AMM host’s new theme song (NSFW, buddy), “Tough Sh!t.” This is ignited country done with a rock ‘n’ roll swagger.
You won’t want to miss Mayeux & Broussard’s big EP release party tomorrow night at the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. Fellow troublemakers Sour Bridges and The Harvest Thieves are on the bill. Doors open early at 6 p.m.
Raise your beer cans and shot glasses. Holler at the top of your lungs. This one comes very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.