The Bluegrass Situation premieres “Way Out” music video from John Calvin Abney

John Calvin Abney premieres the visuals for “Way Out” from his new album Far Cries and Close Calls today on The Bluegrass Situation:

I was…thinking about friends and family and strangers and acquaintances that had ventured so far into the dark that they couldn’t find their way to any source of light. I started to write about times that led me in and out of the mire. I had lost some people that were important to me, love and lack thereof had sent me reeling, and this song appeared.

The Alternate Root reviews Paul Benjaman Band’s new album


The Alternate Root Magazine reviews Paul Benjaman Band‘s new album Sneaker:

Paul Benjaman decorates with fall color patterns on Sneaker…Paul dips his audio pen in the landscape of Oklahoma on the Horton Records release. The label is based in Tulsa, OK, as is Paul Benjaman, who never forgets the Tulsa Sound of JJ Cale on the album as he gives it a seat next to a 2015 groove. Label mate, and Hard Working American, Jesse Aycock, provides pedal steel guitar on the album as Paul Benjaman Band stays true to the sound, righteously following its path while still managing to drive slightly outside it tracks.

Paul Benjaman Band’s “Sneaker” Top Track of the Week at The Alternate Root


The Alternate Root Magazine chooses Paul Benjaman Band‘s “Sneaker” as its top track of the week!

JJ Cale set the time for the Tulsa Sound, and Paul Benjaman Band are the Tulsa torchbearer’s carrying JJ’s groove. “Sneaker” slithers and slides like a loose electrical cable and heads for the dance floor as Paul Benjaman counts to ‘move to the beat of the two and the four.

Tulsa Voice reviews Paul Benjaman Band album “Sneaker”


“like ZZ Top playing Beck…an exercise in covert raucousness.”

The Tulsa Voice reviews the forthcoming album from Paul Benjaman Band, out on October 30th from Horton Records.

Benjaman has the simultaneously gritty, playful and soft delivery of Billy Gibbons, and it’s his unmistakable voice that guides the listener through the pan-genre track listing. Sneaker sneaks, with the harsh sweetness of a day drunk. Your head is splitting from last night’s debauchery, but you ride the manic wave higher with every sip.

Tulsa World interviews Paul Benjaman Band


Tulsa World has an excellent interview with Paul Benjaman Band in advance of this weekend’s local release party. New album Sneaker is out on CD and digital formats on Horton Records on Friday, October 30th.

In some ways, especially in rhythm, that’s a strong line between the music Benjaman makes and the music Tulsa legend JJ Cale made.

“Some of his stuff was one chord. When you think it’s going to go to a bridge or something like that, it’s out,” Benjaman said. “What gets intricate is the different rhythms, that’s where the intricacies play out, juxtaposed with each other.”

Sneaker has that in spades. The 12 songs on the album rock and groove in exciting ways, with Benjaman’s guitar work captivating.

The Oklahoman premieres Paul Benjaman Band’s “Estoy Loco”


“I’m trying to capture what’s going on during this really exciting time for Tulsa music…Playing live all the time…albums are your timepieces,” Benjaman said. “As the years go by, that’s the only thing you’ve got to show.”

Check out the interview with Paul Benjaman Band in The Oklahoman, and hear the premiere of “Estoy Loco,” the 2nd single from the forthcoming album “Sneaker” coming out on Horton Records on October 30th!

Tulsa Voice reviews Jacob Tovar & The Saddle Tramps’ S/T debut album

Tulsa Voice reviews Jacob Tovar & The Saddle Tramps‘ S/T debut album, coming out on CD, vinyl and digital formats from Horton Records on August 28th.

The first single, “Three Good Reasons,” is a potential Cain’s Ballroom sell-out hit. Luthier and slide guitar player Seth Lee Jones nails the solo section with lightning speed and precision. Not to be outdone, electric guitarist Cooper Waugh beefs up the sound with a country Tele twang that could rival Waylon Jennings. He and Jones bounce off each other like a rowdy saloon patron on a mechanical bull. Tovar himself soars, juggling both rhythm and lead parts, though his booming voice tends to steal the show. His timbre is reminiscent of country greats like Webb Pierce, whose 1953 hit, “There Stands the Glass,” showcases Tovar’s voice beautifully.

The Boot premieres Jacob Tovar & The Saddle Tramps’ single “Tips and Beer”

The Boot premieres “Tips and Beer” by Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps! Stream the 3rd single and pre-order the forthcoming debut album, coming next month from Horton Records:

“The band’s unique sound combines old-school honky-tonk with Tovar’s booming baritone, along with some top-notch guitar picking…reminiscent of the genesis of the honky-tonk phenomenon.”