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Thrift Store Cowboys / Press

“The spirit of the Whiskeytown has been summonsed. I’m not sure if the Lubbock band used a Ouija board or several evenings lit up with candles and chants, but they did the job and took it a step further. Upon first listen, your eyes are taken to a place of desolation, desert, and open spaces. Little Texas towns where the Friday night hangout is a Sonic and the VFW is the local watering hole. Thrift Store Cowboys earnest melodies from Amanda Shires and Daniel Fluitt create the same energy that Caitlin Cary and Ryan Adams were able to create when they were changing the rules in a scene that many have long forgotten. The Americana scene isn’t what is once was, but we have some new direction now. The perfect culmination of violin, glockenspiel, accordion, banjo, hammond, pedal steel guitar, Weissenborn, lap steel, saw, and Wurlitzer create the perfect dust storm of twang.”

“It was a hot and sweaty night at Hi-Dive last Wednesday when Barton Carroll kicked off with a rather sleepy and depressing tale about fallen nations and innocence destroyed. Although missing one guitar player, Texas act Thrift Store Cowboys took the stage and delivered an intense performance of slow-driving Southern sounds punctuated with flourishing fiddle arrangements. It’s easy to see why these guys have shared the stage with bands like DeVotchKa and Old 97’s. Let’s hope the next time they come back to Denver they are on a bigger stage of their own.”

“How did your band form? I met our guitarist first, before we were in high school. Collectively as a band we've been together for 10 years. We all met as music students at South Plains College (a west Texas school). How did you come up with the name? Jeff Dennis, our guitarist then, was at a Hank III show in Fort Worth. He saw this cowboy-looking guy wearing tight jeans, a pearl button shirt, and a cowboy hat. He said, "That looks like a thrift store cowboy!", and we decided that would be our name. How would you describe your sound? Our drummer Kris came up with the term "cinematic alt-country", which does a pretty good job of describing what we sound like. There's also some country, western swing, and mariachi happening. ...Read more through link. ”