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The Panhandlers from the album Tough Country available on MakeWake Artists (by Danny McCloskey)
Proud of the West Texas territory they call home, The Panhandlers offer an album tribute aka sonic postcard of their homeland with Tough Country, the latest release from the band. The Panhandlers Josh Abbot feels that ‘Tough Country is a conceptual album full of snapshots of West Texas culture for the world to experience. It’s also for those in West Texas to feel seen: the farmers in ‘Where Cotton Is King’, the rancher in ‘The Last Gentleman’, the oil & gas petroplex in ‘Midland Jamboree’. But there’s a universal relatability to the feelings of this album too. Not just the hardships of the land or the fun a cocktail & friends can bring, but the human experience: love, homelessness & hypocrisy and losing a man’s best friend’. Pointing out the obvious for anyone traversing I-10 while traveling from east/west, left/right across the United States, Tough Country opens with “Flat Land”, The Panhandlers walking tall as they sing out nothing but love in “West Texas is the Best Texas”.
A Country Roots supergroup, The Panhandlers formed in 2019 with friends and neighbors Josh Abbott (Josh Abbott Band), John Baumann, William Clark Green and Cleto Cordero (Flatland Cavalry). The band questions reasons for staying in the Tough Country title track as Cleto Cordero duos behind the microphone with wife Kaitlin Butts for “Valentine, for Valentines”. Shuffling in on a cool breeze rhythm, “The Chilton Song” offers a DIY guide for a bad day as The Panhandlers ‘plant my ass in the Rio Grande’ heading for “Lajitas”, quietly whisper a leaving message stamped “Santa Fe”, and tenderly recall “Moonlight in Marfa”. Tough Country introduces “The Corner Comedian” as The Panhandlers bid goodbye in “Last Hangover” and say farewell as they exit the album promising “I-Got-Your-Back-Dog”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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