Josh Abbott Band @ Hurricane Harrys

by Jordyn Smith

Texas Country favorites, Josh Abbott Band, will make their return to Hurricane Harry’s on Friday November 13. The band is a mainstay in College Station, having played all over town, including multiple times at Hurricane Harry’s and Chilifest. The band’s front-man, Josh Abbott, wowed the 2015 Chilifest crowd when he rode in on a camel. Needless to say, the band has been impressing since their inception in 2006.

The band was formed by Abbott when the members were all in school at Texas Tech University. At the time, Abbott was part of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was just a thesis away from his master’s degree when he decided to form his band and pursue music full-time. Since then, the band has been lighting up the Texas country music scene. They have played all over the state of Texas, but the past couple of years, they have expanded their horizons to the rest of the United States. The Josh Abbott Band has toured all over and has spent some time in Nashville writing and recording. The band has seen their music evolve over the past few years. From traditional Texas country to slightly more modern country, there is one thing that remains: they put on one heck of a show. 

The Josh Abbott Band has an extensive music catalog. They released their first demo, “Taste,” in 2007 and quickly followed that release with a tour. In 2009, the band released their first full album “Scapegoat.” As they continued to tour, the band dropped “She’s Like Texas” in 2010. The same year, they played for their first sold-out crowd at the historic Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. Included on the album was the hit “Oh, Tonight” which featured rising country star Kacey Musgraves. The single was released in early 2011, it peaking at number 42 on the Billboard Country Chart. The track would later be featured in the 2015 movie “The Longest Ride” starring Scott Eastwood. The album “She’s Like Texas” peeked at number 28 on the Billboard Country Albums Charts.

The Josh Abbott Band’s third album “Small Town Family Dream” was released in April of 2012. It climbed to the number five spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The second single “Touch” quickly became a fan favorite. The Josh Abbott Band just released their latest album “Front Row Seat” on November 6. “Front Row Seat” is a concept album, inspired by recent personal events. It promises to produce even more fan-favorites. The first single “Amnesia” was released in August. The 16-track album is the most emotionally-charged and challenging album yet for the band. The raw emotion and brutal honesty connect with a wider audience.

Including Billy Bob’s, the Josh Abbott Band has played other historic venues like Nashville’s Exit/In, Chicago’s Joe’s Bar, Denver’s Grizzly Rose, and Los Angeles’ Troubadour. Combined with their success in Texas, the band is looking to continue to grow their fan base.

This will be a cannot-miss show. Doors open at 9pm. Get your tickets before they run out at Cavenders, Aggieland Outfitters (University Drive location), or Southern Jewlz Boutique.