Emerging from the Texas landscape with their debut full-length album, “What Else is Left?,” is the New Americana Rock & Roll outfit known as The Will Callers. The band’s raw and youthful spirit, paired with the tasteful and oh so cool stylings of producers Ray Wylie Hubbard and George Reiff, create a melting pot of organic, true to the bone roots music.
Running the gamut of influences, The Will Callers have created a unique yet familiar sound in their own right. “House of Falling Cards” screams Tom Petty and the Stones while “One Single Tear” reveals a more outlaw roadhouse feel. “We want to create timeless music… Rock & Roll, Country, Blues, Gospel, Funk… there’s something in each of those styles, a sort of rawness and honesty that has gotten ahold of us.”
The band credits their producers Ray Wylie Hubbard and George Reiff as having a refining effect on their sound. “They helped us keep things simple and get to the heart of our songs, not allowing us to hide behind any glitz or glamor. Everyone that played on the record, Brad Rice (Son Volt, Whiskeytown), Scrappy Jud Newcomb (Ian Mclagan), Bukka Allen (BoDeans), and Scott Esbeck (Jack Ingram, Kelly Willis), also helped in this regard and really made outstanding contributions to the songs.”
Life-long friends, Jake Murphy and Daniel Slatton, who have played in a number of musical groups together over the past decade, formed in 2009 what would eventually become The Will Callers. The band’s first major exposure came with winning the 2010 Shiner Rising Star Competition, an annual series of events presented by Shiner Bock and KHYI 95.3 “The Range.” With their winnings, The Will Callers went on to record their debut album, which is due out in April 30th, 2013.
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