Lubbock-based Brandon Adams - with his deep musical roots as well as a spectrum of inspirations - stands out within the current Texas young country boom. The self-titled debut album on the Melodic Undertone label by Adams and his band, The Sad Bastards, is slated for Jan. 18, 2011. It brims with the crackle of promise and Adams' distinctive take on country music that draws from the genre's legacy and more to create something vital for today.
Stop me if you've heard this one.
Guy walks into a bar. And now he leads one of the hottest bands in Austin.
Actually, that's just the beginning, even though the punchline does tell a key part of this story.
The guy we're talking about is Cody Sparks. He heads The Cody Sparks Band, whose raw, spirited music stands out even in the teeming Texas country scene. He's a big, amiable guy who looks right at home onstage. Yet his songs often tell stories about heartbreak -- about the lighter side of broken romance (the playful "My Baby's Gone") or the fury kindled by betrayal (laid out over a foot-stompin' beat on "No Time"). He writes with artful metaphor ("Set in the West") and reckless abandon ("Stilly"). And he finds time to share some of the wisdom handed down him by his grandfather in the wistful, fiddle-laced "Sinners and the Saved."