SPIN AROUND is the new live recording of all new songs by David Brake & That Damn Band. The group fuses alternative country-rock and Texas country to come up with a sound all their own. This CD captures all the excitement of the band's live shows, while presenting all new material and showcasing the unique style of their music. Already making big waves in Houston, the energy of their live shows is becoming legendary and is now on CD for the first time. Very few artists ever release a live recording of all new songs not previously recorded in the studio, and now That Damn Band joins the ranks of those few who have. Listen and hear how the combination of alternative country-rock and Texas country come together to make the band's own original sound.
David Brake & That Damn Band have received airplay on Americana and AAA radio stations all over the country (including XM satellite). The group secured enough votes to gain nominations for Best New Artist in the Houston Press Music Awards 2004 & Best C&W Artist in 2006. The band has also been featured in the Houston Chronicle and showcased live on Fox News television in both Austin and Houston.
"The way I see it - if they laugh when they're supposed to laugh, think when they're supposed to reflect, and rock out when we blow the roof off the joint, then I'm doin' my job," says David Brake. "I wasn't sure at first about the idea of releasing our new songs live," says Brake, "but the results really paid off." Most of the tracks on Spin Around were recorded on October 9th at Reno's in Clear Lake by Jack Holmes, who runs house sound there. (His son Kevin sings lead for the band Still Standin'.) "We asked all of the audiences at every venue on the recording to scream real loud so they could be heard on the CD, and they all obliged." The CD was mixed by Jay Hudson at the Hit shack in Austin. David credits Jay for being the "5th Beatle" on the project, and says he has an amazing ear. David Brake writes the songs, sings lead, and plays acoustic guitar. He also plays piano with his right hand while playing bass with his left. This is accomplished with a custom Yamaha CP-80 electric grand piano that has a bass split on the lower notes. "Not many people do it this way, but we're a four piece band and Jeff needs to be free to play fiddle," says Brake, "it's a big part of our sound." Jeff Duncan plays the fiddle and sings what Brake calls "perfect sky-high harmonies." He also fills in on the bass when David plays acoustic guitar. Jeff has been in the band the longest, and has a knack for finding "just what the song calls for." Ronnie Dobbs plays lead guitar on the live CD, weaving the lead lines in and out of the backbeat with the fiddle. You can tell he's a very accomplished picker when he solos, and he makes all of the parts fit perfectly. He also sings all of the low harmonies, rounding out the vocals and giving That Damn Band that "perfect three part blend." Chuck Payne plays the drums and keeps the backbeat for the band, steady and driving--just what you would want for a band somewhere between Texas country and alternative rock. Together, these four have a sound that can only be described as all their own. "I'm glad we had the opportunity to make a live recording and release the new songs live," says David Brake. "Now if we play a show where there's not many people, I know those who didn't come can hear what they're missing."
David Brake & That Damn Band's debut CD on Westerland Records Lean Mean Texas Machine received airplay on Americana and AAA radio stations all over the country, and was named as one of the top 13 independent releases of 2003 in Texas Monthly (p.96, Dec. issue), the top 5 publisher’s picks in Texas Music Magazine, and #2 of the top 10 local picks in the Houston Press. It's a combination of Rock, Country, Folk, & Blues Americana reflecting influences like Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Hornsby, Townes Van Zandt, and The Beatles. The CD was engineered by Dan Workman, and mixed at Sugar Hill studios. The 1st track "Even Five to Closing Time" received airplay on radio stations across Texas and the U.S., and the title track "Lean Mean Texas Machine" was the Featured New Artist Track on the Official Texas Music Countdown (syndicated on over 25 stations).
- Laura Finck / Westerland Records
Learn more about David Brake & That Damn Band... www.westerlandrecords.com or www.thatdamnband.com