James Steinle had been eagerly counting down the days until the big day.
Even his fellow musician friends – Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard, Kathryn Legendre, Simon Flory, amongst several others – shared in his excitement. A debut album can be a significant marker in any songwriter’s life. Your heart, soul…blood, sweat, tears and fury go into it, if you give a damn. And this is someone who gives a damn. It was a lot of work putting it together, crafting it, letting it resonate with Steinle’s vision. He worked closely alongside producer John Ross Silva (The Gougers) to bring it to life. Finally, today’s the day that South Texas Homecoming is unleashed upon the world, and in the profound words of one of Steinle’s friends in New Braunfels, “…it’s a damn triumph.”
Even Flory glowingly describes Steinle’s Homecoming as “his new masterpiece, full of Texas dancehall kickers, cowboy laments, tender stories and sweet lullabies,” though more lies beneath its solid, pure country surface. Steinle carries a voice and perspective that are well beyond his years, the sophisticated viewpoint of a genuine cowboy in his mid-’20s from a diverse background. With tales of growing up in South Texas, and time spent overseas and in Saudi Arabia, Steinle’s lyrics reveal an extraordinary life experience.
Steinle celebrates the release of his album with a show tonight at The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. Starting out the evening is a song swap by Mayeux and Legendre, followed by a set with Carson McHone. Steinle performs last with a full band. The music kicks off at 9 p.m.
One hell of a debut. This one comes highly recommended.
-Image courtesy of the artist.