It was a long hot summer, back in 2006. Calvin Johnson, known as “Pug” to all his friends and family, had been playing guitar and writing songs for quite a while by then… the list of inspired, original songs about life, love, and everything in between was getting long. Across town, Jeremy Porter was wearing out yet another drum set. It was a pattern that continues to this very day. Hard driving beats, well placed and timed perfectly, solidified Jeremy’s recognition as one of the more outstanding percussionists in Southeast Texas. New to the band in December 2009, Mike aka "Big Juicy" Reilly, was added to the band as bass player extraordinaire. Mike is an Audio Engineer from Lamar State College, which is where he met the Lows. Mike has been playing for years and helps round out what is...Slow Rollin Lows. Hailing from Fannett, Texas, just outside of Beaumont, the band pays homage to the legends of Texas Music and their own outlaw roots both in their style of performing and the music they play. A song, written by Billy Joe Shaver and performed by Waylon Jennings, gave the band their name as well as the song that is on every set list. Never failing to recognize those that cleared the path, SRL continues blazing a trail with new songs and sounds anchored in true, honest outlaw country heritage. Touring Texas, Louisiana, and beyond since early 2007, the Lows have gained a solid audience both at live shows as well as their “electronic following” on www.radiofreetexas.org where they maintain high positions on the most-requested list. Following in the footsteps of the giants, the Lows have played such iconic Texas Music venues as Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos as well as the local live-music rooms in cities across the region, to the main stage at the RFT Rowdy Float Trip…all in front of fans who keep asking for more. Their latest CD, "Erie Street," produced by Phil Pritchett contains 14 original songs, all penned by Pug Johnson with some help along the way by Orey Williams & Jamie Talbert. Fellow artists/musicians, Phil Pritchett, Jamie Talbert, Luke Adair and Kasey Klepfer were all happy to be a part of the new CD and can be heard accompanying SRL on multiple tracks. The sophomore album quickly climbed the Lonestar Music charts, and was reviewed by Daniel Miller from Radio Free Texas for an edition of LoneStar Music Magazine, who had this to say about the new CD...."Slow Rollin’ Lows – Erie Street
When a band releases their first CD there are no real expectations beyond this: the CD must be somewhat representative of their live show.
For most artists it doesn’t even have to be as good as the live show. As fans, we’re just glad to be able to take a piece of the band home from a live show, so even a moderately decent first album works for us.
However, that first CD combined with their live show sets the tone for their sophomore release. And fans, or potential fans, are fairly unforgiving on the second album. With the release of "Erie Street", the sophomore follow-up to "One Of These Days", the Slow Rollin’ Lows, take this to heart and give the fans and potential fans something to sink their teeth into. This is album is diverse, the writing solid, at times intense, and the band shows great musicianship. The best part about this album: there are absolutely no "throw-away" tracks. None. Every song is well-crafted and different. But not so different that it’s distracting. Rather than giving you my normal "check this track out" spiel, I’m going to tell you to listen to every single song on this album. I will give a special mention to two songs that I think are of note. "Our Brothers" is a tribute to the heroes of Texas Independence. You don’t see as much homage paid to our history here as you should and this is a great tribute. Also, "Sad Country Song" is perhaps one of the greatest true country songs ever written. If listening to it doesn’t make you want to drink yourself into liver failure, then you have no soul. Bottom line: "Erie Street" represents what the Texas Music scene is all about - Great songwriting, excellent musicianship and a hunger to spread honesty from up-and-coming artists.
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