80 Proof Band

80 Proof Band
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A 2003 musical experiment has transformed through more than half-a-decade and more than 1000 live performances into an artistic empire that continues to operate upon the base of one golden standard: good music makes good fans. That music-de-force is known to the masses of the Americana and Texas Music scenes as The 80 Proof Band.

The 80 Proof Band first joined the ranks of such artists as Reckless Kelly, Randy Rogers Band, Eli Young Band, and Casey Donahew Band, with the release of the debut, full-length album TUESDAY’S AT 7 (Smith Music). The album’s first two radio singles, the riotous sing-along “One Señorita, Two Margaritas,” and the heart-wrenching, self-doubter’s ballad “Maybe” each reached the “Top 20” on the Texas Music Charts, the Texas Regional Radio Chart, and the 1 position on San Diego’s Independent Music Network Chart. A third song from the hit-stained record, “I’m Alright” was featured in Lonestar Music’s Sampler CD in 2008.

In early 2010, 80 Proof hit the studio with a batch of new material and a new rhythm section: drummer DaWayne Gaspard of Abbeville, Lousiana, and bassist Caleb Hooper of Stephenville, Texas. The result is SHADOWS, a new album loaded with 11 songs of earnest emotion and funky, feel-good grooves.

L.D. Whitehead, lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist said about the up-coming album, “As a band we’ve been waiting in the shadows of this music scene, and I feel that this record is really going to be our ‘stepping-out.’”

Gaspard’s heavy, body-thumping drum grooves entwined with Hooper’s smooth and tactful bass patterns create a fertile bed for guitarist Landon Hill’s electrifyingly melodic guitar hooks that work hand-in-hand with the demanding resonance of Whitehead’s spot-on vocal melodies. Guest artists further SHADOWS’ musical depth with piano, organ, fiddle, mandolin, and a three-piece horn section.

And the lyrics are more-than-worth mentioning, too.

The songs sung in SHADOWS present a dialogue between two sides of the proverbial relationship where boy meets girl, girl meets other boy, hearts are broken, and stories are told. Somehow, these down-and-out songs are written and recorded in an up-tempo, feel-good manner. In the title track “Shadows,” a relationship near its end is resurrected by a man’s last-ditch effort. In “Come Back to My World,” a man waits stubbornly for his ex to mend the broken relationship.

Perhaps the most ear-popping song on the album is the only one without an up-tempo flare. “Leaving Again” is a heart-wrenching account of an ended marriage, sung in the voice of a man begging his once other-half not to leave again.

The album is full of plenty of tunes to bring the listener back to lyrical happiness such as “Mexico,” a good-time jam about a trip south of the border, and “Outlaw Man,” a dedication to Johnny Cash and all the country music outlaws of the like.

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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 33

80 Proof Band  04/23/2008            
Everybody's gota start somewhere...These guys are gonna be great.
80 Proof Band  03/10/2008            
these guys are great, this CD is #1 on the Charts in California, Great Band live
80 Proof Band  03/10/2008            
west texas music lover
this cd is one of the best out it is great singing great songs grear music. Sound like a lot of the reviews are band members that could not make it and tries to put other cd down just a lot of want to be losers try this cd you will love it. west texas music lover
80 Proof Band  02/19/2008            
Matt Connor
A-non-O-Mous is right this is supposed to be a review for 80 Proof. They obviously have worked very hard to get to where they are. Now lets clear up some things. There used to be a band called Aces Over Eights from somewhere around Houston. As far as I know they have disbanded. There is a new start up band called Aces Over Eights based in New Braunfels. I am the guitar player. So thanks Drew if you were talking about us. And if the Hunter who posted earlier is the Hunter who we know (and even if it isn't), bring it on... any time any place. If any one wants to check us out come see us every Wednesday at the Ironhorse Saloon in New Braunfels. We host an Songwriter night so come on out.
80 Proof Band  02/19/2008            
i thought this was a review for the 80 proof band? who's aces over 8s? i don't see them on this website... so apparently they're not doing as well as this band is.... am i wrong? I don't see them on the Texas Music Chart. i give credit to anyone who is willing to get up on stage and feed their heart to an audience whether it be a comedian, musician, or whatever. That's a little word known by "Webster" as 'courage.' So if Aces over 8's is a real band then congrats. More power to ya. Another thing... Go see 80 proof live before you develop your opinion about them. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
80 Proof Band  02/16/2008            
I bought the cd and it's not bad at all. I can't wait to see a live show!!
80 Proof Band  02/15/2008            
Aces's Over Eight's suck.. there lead singer is a douche bag..and a punk..if your rockin with 80proof...your rockin with the best...love you guys
80 Proof Band  02/11/2008            
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I bought the CD because a friend told me it was awesome. My friend was wrong!!!! BOOOOO
80 Proof Band  02/05/2008            
This cd does not do the guys justice...I assure you though, they don't suck and they can put on one hell of a live show! I saw them play last week and their new songs blow the old ones away....hopefully they are headed back to the studio sometime soon.
80 Proof Band  02/02/2008            
He's right, compared to up and comers like A's over Eight's, they suck the song writing blows
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