Six Market Blvd. will play free Oklahoma City show tonight, re-release new album “Shake It Down” nationally Nov. 20
Hear Texas country band Six Market Blvd. play a free show at 9 tonight at Oklahoma City Limits, 4801 S Eastern.
The chart success, widespread radio airplay and swelling fan base has made Six Market Blvd. one of the most talked-about rising bands to break out of the Texas music scene this year. The Stephenville-based Texas country quartet’s sophomore album “Shake It Down” has spun such a massive buzz since its independent release in May 2012 that demand for the record has busted through the Midwestern seams. Clearly seeing the mass appeal, Nashville-based Vision Entertainment, in partnership with Thirty Tigers via Red Distribution, has stepped in to re-release the album nationwide Nov. 20.
To commemorate the album’s rite of passage into maturity, a new “river-bottom version” of the hit single “Say It” will be showcased among the tracks, featuring a broke-down bluesy acoustic arrangement that screams “special radio version.”
David Macias, president of Thirty Tigers, is confident about the re-launch.
“We have worked with Clay Neumann and the guys at Vision Entertainment for many years with great success. They never fail to bring top notch bands into the Thirty Tigers family and Six Market Blvd. is no exception,” he said in a news release.
Hot on the heels of their first single “Say It,” which reached the Top 10 on the Texas Music Chart, Six Market Blvd. released their much-anticipated second single “14 Miles” Monday. They just wrapped up an upcoming segment on Texas Music Scene TV in proud company with peers The Trishas, Reckless Kelly, Dirty River Boys, Kevin Fowler, 1100 Springs, Uncle Lucius and Dale Watson. And speaking of stellar company, 6MB will kick off 2013 with performances at MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the largest ski trip of its kind in the nation featuring the finest in Texas and Americana music.
With “Shake It Down,” this year’s follow-up to their 2010 debut “Running on Seven,” the band constantly shakes up expectations, from the country romp “Santa Fe Train” that turns positively Beatlesque by the time it pulls into the station to the lovely waltz “The Painter” with its mesmerizing accordion. Their current single “Say It” opens the album with a gritty blues-rock groove, while “White Goose” floats in heartache on an island breeze.
The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac emerge as clear influences on songs like “Medina,” “Stand” and “14 Miles from Home,” which have a 1970s cool California vibe and showcase the captivating way Landua, Hussey and Serrato can blend their voices.
“We always are kind of in tune to the Eagles just because they had great harmonies and they’re just great musicians and stuff like that. But during the entire time we were recording that album when we were traveling somewhere or driving somewhere … we were all kind of listening to ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac, the whole album,” Six Market Blvd. frontman Clayton Landua told me in an interview earlier this fall.
“It was just the influence that hit us at that point and time. We were like, ‘Man, why do we love this album so much right now?’ It’s just something that just kind of fell into play … at that time.”
To read more of my recent interview with Landua, click here. For more information on the band, go to www.sixmarketblvd.com.
For more information on tonight’s show, go to www.oclimits.com.