exy – September 25, 2017 at 05:19AM
…the Texas Gentlemen are not your average studio band, and at last year’s Newport Folk Festival, the Dallas natives finally got their due. They joined Kris Kristofferson on stage for his first appearance at the festival since 1969, when he played guitar for Johnny Cash as a total newcomer. A few weeks after their Newport performance, the band’s ringleader, Beau Bedford, who also produces records and worked on Paul Cauthen’s debut My Gospel (Cauthen is featured on two songs on this record: “Gone” and “My Way”) was in Muscle Shoals with some time to kill after an artist had to cancel their studio time. Faced with an empty studio and no one to record, he invited the gentlemen and a bunch of their buds over and TX Jelly was born. It’s a fantastic collection of good-ass guitar music.
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Sometimes it sounds like The Beatles, sometimes Jefferson Airplane, sometimes Leon Russell. It’s both funky and psychedelic, softly acoustic singer-songwriter, and occasionally perverted.
The group, made up of the core six Beau Bedford, Nik Lee, Daniel Creamer, Matt McDonald, Scott Lee, and Ryan Ake, seems to operate from a spontaneous, jamband space, going where the beat takes them, and as a result, we’re left with a record that is both imaginative and a blast.
Songs run the gamut from the party time grooves “Habbie Doobie” and “Pain,” to the smooth, retro pop-soul of “Superstition” and the classic country sound of “Trading Paint.” There’s a throwback vibe to all of TX Jelly, from the dramatic, spoken-word style of “Pretty Flowers” to the sun-drenched ’70s soul rock of “Bondurant Woman.” The beating heart of the record is southern fried and countrified, but TX Jelly is not exclusively a country record. It’s an authentic, confident sprawl of exploration and Americana from a group of musicians who don’t just love playing music, but also have a deep rooted appreciation for its history.
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