Josh Abbott Band

Band Members: Josh Abbott, Preston Wait, Edward Villanueva, James Hertless, Caleb Keeter, Austin Davis
Years at MusicFest: 3
Releases: Front Row Seat(2015), Tuesday Night EP (2014), Small Town Family Dream (2012), She’s Like Texas (2010), Scapegoat (2008), Josh Abbott Band EP (2008)

Josh Abbott Band is a melodic six-piece ensemble that keeps one foot in the Texas music scene and the other in the national country world. The band won four times during the inaugural Texas Regional Radio Awards with their upbeat brand of country that still leans on classic instrumentation – particularly banjo and fiddle – to affect a raucous, roof-raising attitude. The band has launched three singles onto the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (including “Oh, Tonight” featuring Kacey Musgraves), nabbed a Top 10 album with the 2012’s Small Town Family Dreams and reached No. 12 with the 2014 EP Tuesday Night. The band’s latest album Front Row Seat steps beyond their honky-tonk inclinations for a more personal journey. One of Texas’ best party bands, the group evolved heavily in the process of making the album. The players fully committed to a darker sound and gave even more prominence to Wait’s fiddle and Austin Davis’ banjo, highlighting the trad-country elements in the lineup while still infusing the influence of multiple genres in its sonic drama. While the band is truly a group, the name is centered on Abbott – the lead singer, primary songwriter and band namesake – with good reason. He is a determined force of nature, and his ability to lead has been a hallmark of the band since its inception. As the band has grown, so has their audience, in part because of the singability and relatability of the band’s material, which has always held an everyman appeal.

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