Austin’s The Lonesome Band proudly classify themselves as Texas Cosmic Honky Tonk Country, and this is a pretty damn accurate label. The group embraces the progressive country sound that helped put the “Live Music Capital of the World” on the map, bringing to mind troubadours like Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen and early Steve Earle. Since getting together in 2013, the group has been quickly making a name for themselves with their rowdy, spirited live performances that have folks all over Texas dancing up a storm. Unlike the mindless pop “country” fodder that pollutes the airwaves these days, The Lonesome Band manage to make well-written, thoughtful songs that can still keep a dancehall going all night long.
After playing live so many times, the band decided to harness that same energy in the studio, and the result is their debut album Running Alone, which drops May 12th. It seems appropriate that a band who honed their skills on the stage rather than in the studio would have a tune called “Make ‘Em Dance” on their record. In describing the tune, the band says it’s “a cheerful, call-and-response song that is engaging and makes the listener want to tap their foot. The song tells the story of a young man’s journey to honky tonk stardom.” On how this catchy as hell song came together, the band offered some insight, pointing out that “Make ‘Em Dance” was “the last track that we decided to record. It was one of those songs that we forgot we ear marked to check out. Once we pieced the song together, practically in the studio, it came together really well and we felt like it was a standout track. Also, ‘Make ‘Em Dance’ really keeps people energized and engaged during our live set.”
We’re excited to present the exclusive premiere of The Lonesome Band’s “Make ‘Em Dance,” a song that is sure to do just that. Crack open an ice cold Lone Star beer and give it a listen:
Running Alone comes out May 12. For more info check out TheLonesomeBand.com!