Little Texas regroups for "Missing Years"
Friday, April 6, 2007
– Little Texas hopes that God will bless Little Texas again when it releases a new album,'Missing Years," June 12 on a new label, Montage. Lead guitarist Porter Howell, a long-time member of the band, will handld lead vocals as well. Others in the group are Dwayne O'Brien on guitar, Duane Propes on bass and Del Gray on drums.
The title track is the new single. Howell, Gray and O'Brien helped write many of the songs with Paul Jefferson and Anthony Smith also contributing.
Little Texas regrouped after a seven-year hiatus. Former lead singer Brady Seals went the solo route and Tim Rushlow went his own way as well, now part of ShowDog Nashville duo Rushlow Harris.
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The 'new" Little Texas released this album about the same time they released a live version of the band's old hits. The album proves that the group is stronger with a new identity. It has a good mix of up-tempo rockers and songs that tug at the heartstrings. Lead singer Porter Howell co-wrote 6 of the 11 songs on the new disc; drummer Del Gray and guitarist Dwayne O'Brien wrote 4 and 5 songs respectively.
"When He's Gone" immediately catches your attention. ...
The 11-cut live album lacks the energy of the original songs and the band's previous efforts. The quartet still has their trademark harmonies, but now lead singer and guitarist Porter Howell (Brady Seals and Tim Rushlow are long gone) can't match Rushlow vocally. In fact, most of the disc sounds like a Little Texas cover band.
On the rocking numbers, it's easy to forget it's not the old Little Texas, so the group turns in pretty solid versions of "Kick A Little" and ...
After four albums, not much has changed. Little Texas manages to mesh catchy songs and cliche-ridden lyrics into a likable disc. Likable that is if you like the pop, country-light side of the genre. The disc is certainly radio friendly like the band's other discs. The writing is lame from the get go of "Loud and Proud" with lines like "I'll take it as it comes." and "you can run, but you can't hide" in "The Call." Ironically, Tim Rushlow sings "Living inside the lines never did anything for me. ...