Mar 6, 2012

The Damn Quails Season is Just Starting....

IMG_6767.jpg    All jokes aside, that lead in is a very true statement. Even though they have just one studio release so far, the heart of The Damn Quails are an obviously seasoned, high tenured, duo of singer/songwriters that have put in the time. Front men Gabe Marshall and Bryon White both followed similar paths musically by playing open mics and performing as solo musicians for years through out the state of Oklahoma before coming together to form the Damn Quails.

    As a true fan of music, I personally dislike trying to "pigeon hole" a band's sound (see what I did there). But, if it has to have a label, you can call it Americana. Its obvious that Marshall and White are students and fans of the music they represent as well as talented musicians putting their own special touch on the music as they bring it to life. That is evident in the choice of Mike McClure as producer on their first studio release "Down the Hatch." For those of you that are not familiar with McClure, trust me that will be addressed in a future article.

    "Down the Hatch" is a collection of stories. I have an image in my head of a couple of old men wearing overalls, sitting on the porch in rocking chairs telling these stories with a break every now and then for a soulful harmonica or fiddle exclamation point. This is one of the few albums I have heard in a long time that does not have a bad song on it. My favorite song on the disc has to be "Midnight Swagger" it tells a collection of late night stories that range from couples feeling each other out in a bar over bourbon and "bitch beer"; to a guy coming home late drunk again and his girl fed up with it lets him sleep it off in his car.

     Their current single "Fool's Gold" has blazoned a path up the Texas Music charts along side names like Pat Green, Roger Creager, and Randy Rogers, staples in the Texas/ Oklahoma music scene for years, thus proving that they belong right were they are. Along side big names, at the top of the charts, and I am a firm believer that they will be there for some time. The band wagon is filling up fast kids, you better jump in. Because I promise this much, wherever The Damn Quails take you, it will be well worth the ride.


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