Do you find yourself wandering down east 6th in the wee hours of the morning, wondering whose crooning tenor and soulful guitar is emanating from the White Horse? It’s bound to be Austin country outfit Croy and the Boys. They’re such a perfect representation of Austin’s Outlaw Country history and hip indie culture that it’s hard to believe front-man Corey Baum (aka Bad Boy Croy) hails from northwestern Ohio. Baum has the quintessential Texas country voice when he needs it, but ventures into a cleaner indie sound when it’s appropriate. Crystal clear guitar sounds and heartfelt organ licks play double duty on their recent album “Hey Come Back,” at some times towing the country line, and playing the Austin indie rock card at others. Throw in Carson McHone’s sultry low harmonies and Baum’s clever lyrics and you’ve got a consummate Austin band worthy of a second, third, and fourth listen. Check out their Studio 1A session below, or find them at their January residency at the White Horse, Wednesdays at Midnight.
– James Parker
1/25 – The White Horse @ Midnight
2/3 – Hotel Vegas @ 9:00 pm