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With the release of their sophomore effort, Bad Foot Down, it’s clear that Yellowbelly has made a signature change in their musical direction. Formed in the fall of 2002, Yellowbelly has been building on the success of their debut album, Start All Over, and their active touring schedule. The material on Bad Foot Down demonstrates a significant level of musical maturity and reflects the band’s desire to go their own way while crafting true and meaningful music. “Collectively, we had something of an epiphany,” said bassist Mark Haisler. “We discovered that in certain instances we were making decisions based on the marketing end of the music business – what to play and where to play in an effort to be something we weren’t. The writing period leading up to the Bad Foot Down sessions helped us hone in on what we are and where we wanted to go as artists. If listeners love this record, we’ll be thrilled. If they scratch their heads and think ‘what is this all about?’ we’ll be just as pleased.” Lyrically, the tracks on Bad Foot Down dive into real topics - the struggles and joys of relationships, reflections on spirituality and soul-baring recognition of one’s inadequacies. “To be honest, we’ve never really succeeded at penning the ‘anthem’ type of song,” said singer and rhythm guitarist Steve Hahn, the band’s principle songwriter. “The reality is that our best work happens when we write real songs about real experiences and explore those feelings through music.” True, absent from Bad Foot Down are the beer-drinking or road-trip songs that are prevalent in some Texas Music. What you will find, however, is music that touches the edgiest side of roots rock and roll and ranges into folk with melodies that blend the two and a host of other genres. It is an Americana album in the truest sense of the word. The members of Yellowbelly all come from Bell County in Central Texas. It’s there in Central Texas that Yellowbelly chose to record Bad Foot Down, co-produced and engineered by their good friend and Awesome Works Studio owner Steve Palousek. Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio in Austin, Bad Foot Down highlights the fact that the members of Yellowbelly are constantly exploring new musical paths – but are ever mindful of their small-town roots. They make honest, meaningful music because that is who they are.

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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 19

Yellowbelly  11/21/2005            
I heard Yellowbelly isn't playing anymore. That sucks. Thier live show was ON!
Yellowbelly  10/31/2005            
2005 Countryman album /Harder They Come/ strong lyrics, job well done.
Yellowbelly  05/16/2005            
This is a good CD, ranges from rock music to some stuff that is almost folk. I like the one abourt Amarillo.
Yellowbelly  05/05/2005            
Sorry, but this is an amateur sounding band. They've got potential, but they're not there yet. There's a lot of much better stuff out there. Actually, I'm a little surprised sells this.
Yellowbelly  04/21/2005            
Wow I just got turned on to these guys. This is def a college sound and not the same old "going to Mexico/tacos & beer/ I love Texas" (which we all do) kind of sound. "Bad Foot Down" is a radio ready song and should be on every station. Period.
Yellowbelly  03/17/2005            
Really good CD
Yellowbelly  02/26/2005            
Steve is a Great friend and the band Yellowbelly is awesome. These guys blend different genres of music into an art of total originality expressed in a wonderful muisal triumph. Check these guys out and spread the word!!
Yellowbelly  11/02/2004            
If you haven't checked these guys out, please do yourself a favor and do it today! One of Texas's best kept secrets!
Yellowbelly  10/26/2004            
I've been hearing the buzz about this band for a while and they finally made it down south and I caught a show - there live show jams, and this CD kicks a**. Great rock n' roll.
Yellowbelly  10/03/2004            
I saw Yellowbelly last night and it was a great show - they're a really tight band and have a great way of connecting with the audience. I bought this CD, and its got to be one of the best CDs I own - highly recommend it.
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