"AJ Downing reminds me of a modern day Hank or Woody, writing and singing those soulful songs, not so much because he wants to, but because he has to...because it is his mission in life. When you hear that sincerity in his voice, you know immediately that he is the real deal."
- Kent Finlay
AJ Downing comes out swinging with his sophomore CD, WAY BACK HOME (Charkansas Records). This is Texas roadhouse filling, honky tonk everyday living, swamp slide guitar, three-legged dog beat, Americana Roots Country with a side of Cajun accordion. It's real old-time respecting hillbilly songwriting that's lonesome, plaintive, upbeat and hooky - struggling with 'chasing rainbows', love, redemption, defeat and everything 'done wrong'. Recorded in Austin TX, and sho'nuff sounding like it too .. Texas Music Times Indie Artist of the Month, AJ Downing says this is “chapter two of my quest to change my priorities, to put the music first. I'm on my 'Way Back Home'.” “Music is the universal language” for this Berklee College of Music student, California meth valley escapee, Steve Earle in Nashville elbow-rubber, Michigan recording studio producer, Christian hillbilly currently kicking out the jams in Texas. AJ Downing and the Buick 6 perform at Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville TN, Sam's Burger Joint, Cheatham St, Gruene Hall in central TX, Poodie's Hilltop, Jovita's, Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe in Austin, TX. California Tour in June. Michigan Tour in July. “Bringin' Spiritual Music Back into the Barroom where it Belongs ..”
AJ Downing (guitar , harmonica, vocals, songwriting) and The The Buick 6: Jordan Tietlebaum (drums), Steve Sarber (guitar), Andrew Carrell (bass), Pete Weiss (accordion), Tamineh Guaramy (fiddle, vocals), Carrie Downing (vocals).
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