With a name like theirs, The Dirty River Boys could only be a band of folk-rockers or Old West bandits. Luckily, they’re the former, but there’s still a bit of the outlaw in The Dirty River Boys’ sound.
The foursome formed three years ago, and used to call El Paso home. They recently made the eight-hour-by-car journey to Austin, where they’ve now settled. They might be ensconced in Austin’s homey confines, but they haven’t exactly been twiddling their thumbs. The Dirty River Boys have toured hard, logging at least a couple hundred thousand miles on their van’s odometer, and making it as far north as Alaska. They’ve also found time to record their debut LP Science Of Flight.
The record holds a hefty 16 tracks–an impressive feat considering it was done in only five days. The first single from the record is a tune called “Six Riders.” It’s a swaggering country-rock stomper. A quiet, but twangy, introduction gives us a flavor of the outlaw tale to come. The protagonist is turning his back on the past to join a gang of train-robbing desperados. Things start going south (literally and figuratively) for the gang, but the tune is a big blast of western mythos.
The Dirty River Boys’ll be back in Austin this Sunday (May 5) to play Lone Star Jam 2013 on the LBJ Library lawn.