No Dry County's Texas-Fried Americana Is What You Need
  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I'm a big fan of The Boss. And although there's been this resurgence of rootsy, Americana rock these last couple years, I'm not sure how many bands there are that I hear that sound like early Bruce. I'm talking pre-Born in the U.S.A.. I mean straight out Welcome to Asbury Park years. Lubbock, Texas roots rockers No Dry County are the closest things I've heard in years to that sort of sound. We had a chance to chat with them about their newest video, "The Night Before," off their latest release, the album of the same name, and for roots rock lovers, you can't miss No Dry County.



I hear quite a bit of Born to Run era Bruce Springsteen on "The Night Before." Who were the sort of Americana acts that were influencing your sound as songwriters & musicians?

Trent Langford: Anytime someone cites The Boss in reference to our music we consider that a compliment. We have a wide ranging musical pallet which is probably why we land somewhere within the Americana "sound". The Police, Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, The Stones all had an influence on this record especially in tone. As far as songwriting goes, Jason Isbell, Alex Dezen (The Damnwells) and Simon Dawes all make our list of favorite lyricists.

You're from Lubbock, Texas. What's the difference in the Lubbock music scene versus the Austin music scene which many think of as being the nexus of the Texas music scene?

Lubbock is an interesting scene in that it's big enough to breed a thriving music culture but not so large that the city is over saturated with bands causing groups to get lost in the shuffle. Pair that with a deep music tradition and a surplus of talented musicians from South Plains College and Texas Tech and you have a paradigm that makes Lubbock a fantastic place to begin a career.

Americana music has gotten so huge again in the last five years. What do you think is causing this resurgence of interest in rootsy music again?

I think as country music has moved into more of a pop scene and sound, many of the rootsy country music lovers have latched on to the Americana music movement which has opened their ears to variety of artists they may not have been looking for before. I know that has been the case for many in Texas. Also, technology has made it easier to access music that may have previously been way off the radar, which is where Americana bands tend to live. It's exciting to see musicians like Sturgill Simpson, American Aquarium, Little Hurricane and a ton of others take off in recent years.

For people that enjoy the single, what can they expect on the new record for which "The Night Before" is the title track?

We chose "The Night Before" as the title track because it really encapsulates both the sound and story of the whole record in one song. It's upbeat and driving but mysterious at times and foreshadows many of the themes we tackle in the rest of the album. We wanted this record to be an honest snapshot of our lives over the last two years and I think we were able to accomplish that from a storytelling standpoint while highlighting the way this group has evolved musically since our last release.

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