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Steve Straker / Press

“I'm often asked, "What is your favorite kind of music?" My response is always the same. It's not about genre. I simply want to be entertained. I don't want to have t think too much. Rather, I just want to be able to tap my foot and lose myself in a song. If you can relate, you're gonna love "Trouble Down in Texas." The new 10 song disc from Steve Straker and the Troublemakers is a perfect example of everything I appreciate in an album. The band delivers a fresh, upbeat, and thoroughly enjoyable listening experience without over-analyzing their work. Which is not to suggest that this effort lacks depth. It is simply devoid of melodrama, pointless symbolism, and political statements. Straker's brand of country is refreshing. It's unmistakably modern, but retains all of the classic elements of the genre. There may be "Trouble Down in Texas," but as far as this release is concerned, it's all good in the hood. Hollywood Steve Rangel, Houston Music News (Read entire review via link)”

"Straker's debut album with the Troublemakers, Trouble Down in Texas, has been described as 'country-fried rock with a heapin' helpin' of rhythm and blues.' The album was produced by Richard Cagle for Houston-based Montrose Records."

"From Rock to Country, and everything in between, this band has a lot to draw on. Steve Straker and the boys churn our a gritty, unique blend of country fried rock, with a heapin' helpin' of rhythm & blues."