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"Christmas Was" for Josh Abbott Band

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – Josh Abbott Band will release their first holiday EP, "Christmas Was," on Friday via Pretty Damn Tough Records.

The album. produced by Marshall Altman, will feature the band's renditions of holiday classics and originals including "Silent Night," "Marshmallow World," "The New Kid in Town" and "Santa Better Knock."

"I've thought about recording a Christmas project for years but never found the inspiration. Christmas 2020 was that inspiration," said Abbott. "Reflecting on a wild year, grateful for my wife and kids and family, I was motivated to record some songs that would be special to them. So this one is for them and I hope all of you enjoy it too."

JAB has been a staple in the Texas music scene since forming in 2006 at Lubbock's Texas Tech University. Two of their projects, "Small Town Family Dream" and "Front Row Seat" sored top 10 debuts on the Billboard country albums chart, while five titles cracked the Billboard country singles lists, including "Oh, Tonight" with Kacey Musgraves; and "Wasn't That Drunk," with Carly Pearce. Those were the first chart appearances for Musgraves and Pearce. The band's last album was "The Highway Kind" in 2020.

The track list:
1.Silent Night
2.Marshmallow World
3.The New Kid in Town
4.Christmas Was
5.Santa Better Knock

The band consists of Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Edward Villanueva (drums), Jimmy Hartman (bass), Caleb Keeter (electric guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), David Fralin (Keyboard).

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CD review - Christmas Was The Josh Abbott Band's five-song EP starts out slightly silly, but then gets really serious from the middle to the end. It also surprisingly covers a lot of subject matter ground in a short time span. It opens with "Santa Better Knock," which leans a little to the Eartha Kitt, sexy side of Christmas songs. This one is followed by "A Marshmallow World," a holiday song with probably the least amount of artistic food value, which finds Abbott and band just having a little ...
CD review - The Highway Kind The Texas-based Josh Abbott Band's "The Highway Kind" effectively straddles the edginess of Texas alternative country with slick Nashville production values. The best two tracks are the opening title cut and the sweetly sentimental ballad that closes the set. Abbott kicks it off with the Erik Dylan, Troy Cartwright and Jon Randall tune about the constraint of city living ("Well, the downtown streets never got me where I was going") as compared to the preferred life on the ...
CD review - Catching Fire Releasing five albums and two EPs since 2008, the normally prolific Josh Abbott Band returns more to its roots after exploring new, more Nashville-type sound over the last two albums. This self-released effort shows maturity and confidence by remembering who they are and expanding their base at the same time. With the title cut, "Catching Fire," co-written by Abbott, serving as a bridge between their past musical exploration and their rootsy Texas sound, it is his distinctive voice ...

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