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“Desert Storms By David McGee horse-opera-sounds-of-the-desert SOUNDS OF THE DESERT Horse Opera Telewreck Records Formed in 2005, Austin’s rough-cut honky tonk band Horse Opera, still led by founder/lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Jimmy Deveney, coalesced last year with the right mix of players to complement Deveney in Scott Akers (guitar, vocals), Ben “Sparky” Sparks (bass) and drummer Chris Walther. They added Burton Lee on pedal steel for their first studio album, Sounds of the Desert, and have come up with nothing less than superb long player that fairly reeks of sweat, beer and sawdust-covered hardwood floors, but also has a lot going for it as narrative. Like their Austin compatriots Heybale, Horse Opera plays so fiercely and with such commitment to hard country music that wherever their music is playing is a place you wanna be. ”

“Horse Opera—Sounds Of The Desert: Heavily influenced by the 1950’s/1960’s country music (read: honky tonk) with a bit of an edge completes the sound of this band firmly based in classic country. Born in Austin, Horse Opera is made up of veteran musicians that came from the punk and rockabilly genres and graduated to country. Classically playing Texas beer joints and dance halls to get their legs, they have just stumbled onto their first studio record. The band boasts traditional arrangements with lyrical accompaniments that include all sides of the human condition. 4.5 McRiprock’s”

“Drawing inspiration from the low-down, honky-tonk way of life, Horse Opera delivers a set of country songs that seek to satisfy the most avid of country fans with their new release, Sounds of the Desert. Using traditional instruments, including the steel guitar, as well as using traditional country themes in their lyrics, they paint a clear portrait of a country landscape that is both authentic and powerful. Songs like “Save My Tears” and “3 To Closing” will remind listeners of the famous honky-tonk scenario of a man drinking his blues away due to a two-timing woman. Jimmy Deveney’s vocals command not only a close listen, but deep introspection into various themes taking place within the songs, including love, religion and looking ahead to life’s many possibilities. What makes this a good album is the fact that the group sticks to traditional country music, rather than seeking to add sonic revelations to their sound.”

“Horse Opera Sounds of the Desert The easy two-step ("Save My Tears") that kicks off Sounds of the Desert belongs more in neon honky-tonk than under a coyote moon. That's okay, because Horse Opera's country twang is designed to please dancers and pack dance floors. "3 to Closing," "Devil You Love Best," and "St. Cecilia" all wrap around Jimmy Deveney's workingman delivery, the guy looking for fun and dance on Saturday night”

“Honky-Tonk Horse Opera The Lift changes things up with honky-tonk Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Since country is basically blues with a drawl, this shouldn’t keep fans from checking out this up and coming Austin roots band. Lincoln listeners can catch Horse Opera at the Zoo Bar Sunday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m. Austin Chronicle says Horse Opera’s music “belongs more in [a] neon honky-tonk than under a coyote moon … all wrapped around [lead singer] Jimmy Deveney’s workingman delivery, the guy looking for fun and dance on a Saturday night.””

“Austin’s Horse Opera is an honest-to-goodness country band. The quartet’s debut album, Sounds of the Desert, is a two-steppin' joy chock-full of pedal steel and heartbreak. It’s fun. It’s lonely. It makes you want to jump in your car (or pickup truck, preferably) and drive a dusty road to Texas because, surely, that’s where the heartfelt music and dancing are happening. A look at Horse Opera’s photos shows earnest men in boots, cowboy hats and Western shirts. But wait a sec—these cowboys are really punk rockers. In May, Horse Opera released Sounds of the Desert at the famed Continental Club in Austin. Deveney says the recording is the best thing he’s ever done. Horse Opera plays to promote the record at Low Spirits on Wednesday, with Scott Akers on guitar, Ben “Sparky” Sparks on bass and Ralph Power (filling in for Chris Walther) on drums.”

““When it came to the music for Flicker, the first call I made was to Jimmy Deveney of Horse Opera fame. He’s the Bono of Austin, the Paul McCartney of honkey tonk. – Aaron Hendren, movie director: Flicker, Hamlet ”