Shotgun Rider Craft Rousing Country Rock From The Texas Panhandle, Releasing Thirty Tigers Debut March 30th
February 16, 2018 – Shotgun Rider craft modern country rock from the Texas Panhandle that reaches for the rafters but still has the emotional depth to connect at the honky tonks. The duo of Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez will release their debut album Palo Duro on March 30th via Thirty Tigers. They both were raised on the sounds of the south — the country hits that came across the FM radio; the gospel songs that Samford sang in the church choir; the George Strait albums that every Texan seems to own — but they also love the sweeping, hard-hitting anthems of bands like Kings of Leon, too. Drawing on those influences, the duo has carved out their own sound: a mix of country twang and guitar-fueled rock & roll stomp, as epic and darkly cinematic as the Texas landscape that inspired it.
Shotgun Rider began in a small town near the Palo Duro Canyon, which runs through the Texas Panhandle for more than 100 miles, in a small house filled with musical instruments. A lot has changed since those early days in Canyon, Texas, back when Samford and Enriquez would cut their teeth with long, nightly sets at local bars and restaurants. On the weekends, they'd play shows as a full band, watching their audiences grow every week. It was a true grassroots approach to building a fanbase, with Shotgun Rider expanding their shows to nearby towns like Lubbock and Amarillo before eventually touring across the entire state of Texas. They added Oklahoma to the list, too.
A series of EPs — each one shining a light on Samford's elastic voice and Enriquez's melodic, muscular guitar playing — proved to be popular not only in the Bible Belt, but across an entire nation's worth of country-rock fans. By the time Shotgun Rider began recording Palo Duro in Nashville, they'd already racked up over 6 million streams of Spotify, cracking the Top 20 on the iTunes Country chart three times along the way.
The songs on Palo Duro take a look at that steady, upward climb. It's an album about the lessons you learn — as well as the people you leave behind — when you spend your life on the road. The album's kinetic opener, "Me and a Memory," finds the duo rolling down I-35 to the next show, excited for what lies ahead but still nostalgic for life in the rearview mirror.
"Steady as She Goes" and "I'm Not Alright," with their pedal steel guitar riffs and breezy bounce, put a modern spin on the Texas country tradition, while "Lucky Him" and "Bottom of this Crown" are honky-tonk heartbreak songs, delivered with conviction by musicians who've done their own share of leaving and losing. Like the Pandhandle itself, Palo Duro is lonely one minute and lush the next — the soundtrack, in other words, for the album's own homeland.
Shotgun Rider – Spring 2018 Tour Dates
Feb 16 - San Marcos, TX - Cheatham Street Warehouse
Feb 17 - Lufkin, TX - Lufkin CBR Bull Bash
Feb 23 - El Paso, TX - Whiskey Dick's
Feb 24 - Waco, TX - The Backyard
Mar 1 - Midland, TX - Rockin Rodeo
Mar 2 - New Braunfels, TX - Conway's
Mar 3 - College Station, TX - The Tap
Mar 9 - Dallas, TX - Sundown at Granada
Mar 10 - Amarillo, TX - Hoot's Pub
Mar 16 - Durant, OK - Gilley's
Mar 23 - Fort Worth, TX - Private Event
Mar 30 - San Angelo, TX - Midnight Rodeo
Apr 6 - Somerville, TX - Chilifest
Apr 7 - Tyler, TX - Cowboy's
Apr 8 - Fort Worth, TX - Private Event
Apr 20 - Terrell, TX - Silver Saloon
Apr 21 - Fort Worth, TX - Lola's Trailer Park
Apr 28 - Lawton, OK - CW Scooters
May 5 - Selma, TX - Blue Bonnett Palace
May 12 - Waco, TX - The Backyard
For more information on Shotgun Rider, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.