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The Panhandlers announce debut

Monday, January 6, 2020 – The Panhandlers - Josh Abbott, John Baumann, William Clark Green and Flatland Cavalry's Cleto Cordero - will release its debut, a self-titled CD, on March 6 via The Next Waltz.

Tracked live to analog tape by producer Bruce Robison, the group's self-titled debut is a modern disc recorded in the old-school, straight-to-tape spirit of their 1960s and '70s influences.

"There wasn't a computer in the building when we were recording, which was great," Green said. "It seemed to fit with the whole vibe of the album. We wanted to release a collection of lonesome West Texas songs with that inherent vibe of wind, dust and tumbleweeds."

"The album feels like a story many people have lived or heard," Abbott says. "it's an honest rural reflection of life, voiced here from the panhandle and west Texas, but it's not limited to those areas. Anyone from small town America can releate to the balance of blessings and hardships that life offers. People will love this album because its real."

Abbott and Green both have enjoyed solo careers. Baumann has released four studio albums with "Proving Grounds" out in 2017. Baumann also wrote "Gulf Moon," recorded by Kenny Chesney for the record, "Songs For The Saints."

Initially envisioned as a collection of cover songs honoring the sound and spirit of West Texas (specifically area mainstays The Flatlanders), The Panhandlers' debut grew into an original record during a songwriting session in Marfa, Texas.

Later, after reconvening in the recording studio with Robison, they recorded each song in two or three takes. The music is laced with pedal steel, fiddle, banjo, Dobro, guitar and percussion.

The album kicks off with a cover of Lubbock, Texas songwriter Charlie Stout's "West Texas in My Eye." Each songwriters has the chance to take lead on a song two along with providing harmonies.

The Panhandlers was recorded to two-inch tape, with all the musicians playing together in the same room. It will be released independently via The Next Waltz, Robison's artist-driven record label.

The Panhandlers make their live debut this Wednesday, Jan. 8 at The Music Fest in Steamboat, Col. More dates will be announced soon.

CD reviews for William Clark Green

Live at Gruene Hall CD review - Live at Gruene Hall
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Ringling Road CD review - Ringling Road
The Texas music scene is renowned for its stubborn commitment to individualism and focus on song writing. As a result, Texas musicians often find mainstream success to be an elusive dream. Despite the steadfast vow of independence that keeps many of these artists out of many households, the songs are often some of the best crafted in the broad range of country related subgenres. William Clark Green is one of the Texas artists who is well known on the local club scene, but resides beyond the spotlight. »»»
Rose Queen CD review - Rose Queen
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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