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Push Water Band
©2010 Independently released
Review by Lucky Boyd

Whiskey Burn
(2010) EP CD
$ 9.99

Leon County is home to a crop of fellas with something to say.  The Push Water Band is Jesse Duke, Daniel York, Randy Stevens, Jerry Duke, and Johnny Sunkes.  Each has a passion for music and living mid-Texas life.  Songs about whiskey and women would be expected and here they are.  The band’s debut is a six-pack EP that introduces music fans to the band in a big way.  The collection features every edge of the band from the raucous “Whiskey Burn” to the well-written ballad “Every Road.”  As for the latter, if trimmed to radio length, it would serve well as their lead out single.  Texas radio might embrace it at it’s full length, which would be nice because the song has so much to say.  Jesse and Daniel share vocal duties on the release and both are adept and capable.  Billy Hillman engineered the disc and captured the band quite well.  You can tell from listening that the band is more interested in giving fans a taste of their live performances rather than creating some polished pop recording they could never duplicate live.  Frankly, you can bet these guys put on an outstanding live show.  Jesse is the lead writer, penning four of the tracks while York pens one and co-writes the traditional sounding “Nights I Can’t Remember.”  New on the Texas music scene, Push Water Band is ready for their next step.  This project will be excellent for helping them garner fans.  You can hear their freshman status on the release, but as you listen, it’s obvious these guys are ready to bust out.  They remind me of the early years of Captain Legendary and Highspeed Hayride with their relentless devotion to the story and their bar-honed ability to satisfy throngs of fans.  Look for big things in the coming years from these guys.  As debut offerings go, I like this one.  Jewett, Texas, is going to have to say goodbye to the boys for a while because they’re going to be out on the road doing what they do best, bringing Texas country music smack dab into the face of deserving Texas music fans.

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