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Josh Abbott Band
Josh Abbott Band
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Background information
Origin Lubbock, Texas
Genres
2008-present
Labels
  • Pretty Damn Tough
  • Josh Abbott
  • Atlantic Nashville
Members Josh Abbott

Caleb Keeter
Edward Villanueva
Preston Wait
Austin Davis
David Fralin

Josh Abbott Band is a Texas country band originally from Lubbock, composed of Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar, steel), Edward Villanueva (drums), Caleb Keeter (guitar), and David Fralin (keys/mandolin).

Biography

Josh Abbott founded the band in 2006 in Lubbock, Texas while attending Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the Texas Epsilon chapter of Phi Delta Theta. He founded the band while in grad school with fraternity brothers Austin Davis, Neel Huey, and Andrew Hurt. The band recorded a 4-song demo including "Taste" in 2007 along with fiddler Preston Wait and began touring in 2008. Huey and Hurt dropped out to pursue careers while Preston Wait and Eddie Villanueva officially joined. The band then recorded their debut album "Scapegoat" in 2008 as well. Caleb Keeter and James Hertless joined in 2010, with Hertless eventually departing in 2018.

The sophomore album, She's Like Texas, followed in 2010 and entered the Top Country Albums chart.[1] Michael Berick of Allmusic rated it four stars out of five, comparing it to Steve Earle and saying that Abbott's songwriting showed "maturity". They had their first sell-out crowd at "Billy Bobs Texas" in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards on February 10, 2010, selling 6,000 tickets.[2]

"She's Like Texas" includes the single "Oh, Tonight", which entered the Country Songs chart in early 2011 at #59 and peaked at #44.[3] The song is a duet with Kacey Musgraves, the Nashville Star season 5 finalist and Universal Music recording artist.[2]

The band's third CD, Small Town Family Dream, was released on April 24, 2012. It was their highest charting album, debuting at #5 on Top Country Albums, selling 21,000 copies in the US in its first week.[4] The second single, "Touch", was released in early February and was made available digitally on February 14. Its music video includes the reality TV star Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland, another of Abbott's fraternity brothers. The single was featured in the motion picture The Longest Ride, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

In August 2015, the band announced their fourth studio album, titled Front Row Seat, a concept album detailing Abbott's relationship and failed marriage.[5] The first single off of the album, "Amnesia", was released in August 2015 with SiriusXM The Highway premiering the lyric video for the single. "Front Row Seat" was released everywhere on November 6, 2015, and debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at #9, selling 12,800 copies in its first week.[6]

Josh Abbott Band's single "Wasn't That Drunk", featuring Carly Pearce, was released to radio on March 21, 2016. The second single from Front Row Seat, "Wasn't That Drunk", garnered attention from a national radio and media audience. The band made their national television debut with the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 31, 2016 and performed "Amnesia" on CONAN on January, 18, 2017.

On August 18, 2017 Josh Abbott Band released their 5th studio album titled "Until My Voice Goes Out" which included a string and horn section. The string and horn section were also incorporated on the national "Until My Voice Goes Out" tour. "Until My Voice Goes Out is an eclectic album built from Abbott's life experiences ranging from the birth of his daughter to the sudden and heartbreaking death of his father one month into the album-making process, all weaved together with striking strings and horns."[7]

The band performed at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest, the scene of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.[8]

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[9]
US
[10]
US Indie
[11]
US Heat
[12]
Scapegoat
  • Release date: March 31, 2008
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough
-- -- -- --
She's Like Texas
  • Release date: February 16, 2010
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough
28 -- 28 5
Small Town Family Dream
  • Release date: April 24, 2012
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough
5 15 2 --
Front Row Seat
  • Release date: November 6, 2015
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough, Reviver
9 39 1 --
Until My Voice Goes Out
  • Release date: August 18, 2017
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough, Reviver
22 141 6 --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[9]
US
[10]
Tuesday Night[16]
  • Release date: September 23, 2014
  • Label: Atlantic
12 58

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[17]
US Country Airplay
[18]
US Bubbling
[19]
2010 "She's Like Texas" -- -- -- She's Like Texas
"Road Trippin'" -- -- --
2011 "Oh, Tonight" (with Kacey Musgraves) 44 -- --
"My Texas" (with Pat Green) -- -- -- Small Town Family Dream
2012 "Touch" 41 -- 8
"I'll Sing About Mine" -- -- --
2013 "She Will Be Free" -- -- --
2014 "Hangin' Around" 44 47 -- Tuesday Night
2015 "Amnesia" 45 56 -- Front Row Seat
2016 "Wasn't That Drunk" (with Carly Pearce) 46 37 --
"Amnesia" (re-release) -- -- --
2017 "Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey" -- -- -- Until My Voice Goes Out
2018 "Girl Down in Texas" %u2014 %u2014 %u2014
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2010 "She's Like Texas"[20] Evan Kaufmann
"Road Trippin'"[21]
2011 "Oh, Tonight" (with Kacey Musgraves)[22]
2012 "Touch"[23]
2013 "I'll Sing About Mine"[24]
"She Will Be Free"[25]
2016 "Wasn't That Drunk" (with Carly Pearce)[26] Zack Morris
"Wasn't That Drunk" (with Carly Pearce)[27] Evan Kaufmann
2017 "Amnesia" Evan Kaufmann
2018 "Girl Down in Texas" Shaun Silva/Wes Edwards

References

  1. ^ "She's Like Texas chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Berick, Michael. "She's Like Texas review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chart highlights". Billboard. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ Wade Jessen (May 3, 2012). "Rascal Flatts Score Their 12th No. 1 With 'Banjo'". Billboard. 
  5. ^ "Josh Abbott Band Ready Raw New Breakup Album 'Front Row Seat'". Rolling Stone Country. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Matt Bjorke (November 26, 2014). "Country Album Chart Report For November 26, 2014". Roughstock. 
  7. ^ "Josh Abbott Band's 'Until My Voice Goes Out' Was Driven by Fate". 21 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Las Vegas shooting has reinvigorated calls for gun control". The Economist. 5 October 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Josh Abbott Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Josh Abbott Band Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "Josh Abbott Band Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Josh Abbott Band Album & Song Chart History - Heatseeker Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on November 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 23, 2016). "Country Album Sales Chart: January 25, 2016". Roughstock. 
  15. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 6, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: September 5, 2017". Roughstock. 
  16. ^ Thompson, Gayle (September 4, 2014). "Josh Abbott Band Announce EP". The Boot. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "Josh Abbott Band Album & Song Chart History - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ "Josh Abbott Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of March 3, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012. 
  20. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : She's Like Texas". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : Road Trippin'". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : Oh, Tonight". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : Touch". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : I'll Sing About Mine". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : She Will Be Free". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2013. 
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band, Carly Pearce : Wasn't That Drunk (with Carly Pearce)". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2016. 
  27. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : Wasn't That Drunk (with Carly Pearce)". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2016. 

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