BUGGABOO CD RELEASE AT THE BLUE LIGHT
Austin’s Buggaboo is bringing their gritty Americana sound on a national tour in support of their new record, entitled Asteria.
WHO: Buggaboo with Stewart Mann and The Statesboro Review
Austin, Texas-based Americana Rock band Buggaboo is celebrating the release of their second full-length album. Buggaboo is: Chad Pope, Clayton Colvin, and Douglas Jay Boyd. Each member of this non-traditional trio brings a unique approach to writing, singing, and playing, weaving an inimitable sound. The band has been touring nationwide for almost 2 years, performing nearly 300 shows annually, from renowned honky-tonk Luckenbach, TX, to the esteemed Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. In 2013, Buggaboo was an official selection for South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, one of the largest and most well-regarded conferences in the world. Asteria, to be released in February, is saturated with rich, soulful harmonies, thick grooves, and bewitching slide guitar.
WHERE: The Blue Light
1806 Buddy Holly Ave
Lubbock, TX 79401
WHEN: Thursday, February 20th
In keeping with the musical legacy of his fore-bearers, Chad Pope's talents come by the way of blood, Pentecostal church, and the legendary Ft.Worth Blues scene. His father and grandfather, both well-respected musicians, make him a third-generation Texas player. Chad's sound can't easily be defined; his laid-back Southern vocal and guitar style pay tribute to the old records he grew up on, from the likes of Pops Staples and R.L. Burnside, to Donny Hathaway and Merle Haggard. Gliding across the strings like a casanova, then pranking you with a lick that’s a bit off, his equal parts catchy and rebellious constantly keep listeners engaged, resonating with fellow musicians and fans alike.
Clayton grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a place with a rich, world-renowned musical heritage. In 2005, he moved to Austin to pursue his music career, where he formed Southern Rock band Dertybird. Since relocating, Clayton has shared the stage with such bands as The Black Crowes, Gov't Mule, The Drive-By Truckers, and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, as well as many well-known Texas favorites. Drawing inspiration from his favorite Texas artists, his songwriting and vocal style still harkens back to the Muscle Shoals sound. Clayton’s meat and potatoes approach to acoustic guitar, whether it’s rhythm or a bass-heavy groove, holds it down for fiery lead and commands respect.
Douglas Jay Boyd
Hailing from Iowa Park, TX, Douglas grew up playing music on a variety of instruments, settling primarily on cajon and vocals after a solo career that included shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucas Nelson, and Devin Allman. Since 2010, he has toured extensively, including the US, Canada, and Europe, contributing distinct material to such bands as The Sweetness, Dertybird, and now, Buggaboo. Douglas’s soulful vocals strongly compliment, and adversely, contrast with a style of percussion befitting the power drummers of old, while still forging a path all his own.
ABOUT STEWART MANN AND THE STATESBORO REVIEW
If we’re honest, the true weight of any band or artist is chiefly determined by how they translate to us in a live performance setting. Can they breach that intangible border between the stage and the gathered onlookers? Can they slip in like a steady rising state of inebriation, stealing our attention, controlling our emotions and ultimately drawing us into their world? Does their energy continue to vibrate within us well after the last chords have been played and our daily life comes to reclaim us? These are probably some of the questions one writer from Rolling Stone Magazine had running through his head before he proclaimed The Statesboro Revue as one of the highlights of the 2009 South by Southwest Conference and Festival. The Statesboro Revue goes back to 2008, but the evolving vision of front man and primary songwriter Stewart Mann goes back much further. It’s a journey down many roads from Texas to Tennessee to California and back, all in a search for that perfect, unspoiled place for his music to grow roots. Year after year in city after city, it became clear that those roots had taken hold on stage and from there grew into a groove oriented, old school rock and roll band, the likes of which have not been seen in quite some time.
Never being afraid to aim high, The Statesboro Revue released their debut album DIFFERENT KIND OF LIGHT produced by GRAMMY Award-Winning David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Govt Mule) in 2009. Hitting the Texas Music Chart with two Top 20 singles, the blues rock effort quickly drew a dedicated fan base to their stages, but was just a prelude to the tour de force that is their brand new album RAMBLE ON PRIVILAGE CREEK, which was released in April, 2013. Described by Mann as earthier with catchier hooks, this new music is pure living energy that winds through light and lofty atmospheres down through the depths of sweet Celtic miseries and over to angry growls through clenched teeth…all without ever losing that gypsy pulsation that is the very definition of rock and roll. “This album is extremely broad in subject matter and style, in musicality and production, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve always strived to create a sound that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel; merely merge the little idiosyncrasies of all my influences and shape them in a manner that might someday be looked upon as my own unique sound. I think this record is as close as I have ever been to accomplishing that goal.”
Reminiscent of singers from decades past, Stewart Mann’s soulful voice is both evident and familiar. His seasoned timbre is well- worn, but polished enough to have landed him the starring role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story that opened at the historic Cameo Theatre in San Antonio, Texas last year. Joining Stewart is younger brother Garrett Mann, the lead guitar player who holds down the fort then lets loose when the song calls for it. On bass guitar is Musicians Institute alumnus Ben Bradshaw, providing backbone and foundation, all while mixing in melodic leads and runs that only a player of his experience can muster. Drummer Kris Schoen’s ability to both drive the tunes and lay down a lazy snare for the slow groove furthers the dancing frenzy that ensues at a Statesboro Revue show. The all-star list of shared stages more than hints that this all-inclusive working band is truly worth their weight. The Statesboro Revue has played with the Los Lonely Boys, The Wailers, the Allman Brothers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Whiskey Myers, Dirty River Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Robison, Ryan Bingham, Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadours, Randy Rogers Band, Bob Schneider, War, Arrested Development, Eli Young Band, Marshall Tucker Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Will Hoge.