Texas has produced some of country music's biggest legends, and Jody Booth could well be the next member to join that near-cosmic lineup. With a gritty edge that defies convention and a lyrical vulnerability startling in its honesty, this intense guitar-playing singer/songwriter from the tiny town of Livingston, Texas is hovering on the borderline between regional acclaim and national fame - and he's reaching out for the "big time."
The "new" CD is Booth's upcoming HEAVEN AND HELL; a 12-track tour-de-force akin to Jamey Johnson's much-heralded debut disc of 2008. Produced by veteran hit-maker Doug Deforest (Todd Fritsch, Doug Spartz, Jonathan Edwards), it's country, offering the soul-baring truths of Kristofferson paired with the vocal chops of Haggard or Jones. Jody's music is pure and heartfelt; his writing forged by a life lived in the trenches of responsibility while dancing on the edge. "I don't always write about my life," Jody states. "But I think I'm a good observer of the human condition and I think it shows in my songs."
Now, Jody's playing an average of 15 shows a month, both acoustic sets and with full-band. He's made a name for himself across Texas, playing honky-tonks, festivals and fairs and, while he doesn't like to "drop names," he modestly admits to opening for the likes of Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Jack Ingram and Roger Creager. Jody's enjoying his first #1 as a songwriter with Creager's recent hit, "I Love Being Lonesome," a song he wrote with Roger, Allen Huff and John Slaughter. Booth just wrapped up his first-ever video shoot for "Gold Digger," and when he's not writing, he's playing golf or poker and getting ready for hunting season.