Tulsa World features the debut album from Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps, out now on Horton Records, calling it a “fantastic country album…from Tulsa honky tonk king Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps. With the release of that album, I think that coronation is appropriate.”
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GroundSounds streams the debut album by Tulsa’s Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps, coming out on Horton Records on CD and digital, with vinyl coming soon. Says Tovar:
I started performing when I got laid off from a job that I loathed. I spent some time taking care of my newborn son and started playing out and submersing myself in the Tulsa music scene. I had before just basically been a self-taught bedside guitarist interested in playing classical and fingerstyle genres. My older lead guitarist brother was constantly on me to get out and play and play with him whenever we got together. I went back to college and did a few semesters – through my music instructors, I was encouraged to sing more, so I began singing and playing.
The experience of recording the debut album was wonderful. I hand-picked the musicians I wanted in the studio – I had worked with them many times in a live setting, so we ended up cutting the album live just because we were so comfortable and have such great chemistry playing together. I had been to Fellowship Hall Studio last summer with a group of Tulsa musicians to record a compilation and really enjoyed Jason’s style of recording and the way that he uses the original tape reel to record and create that classic sound.
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 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.”