Vandoliers Weave Brawny, Driving Country With Diverse Sounds Of Texas On New Album The Native, Out May 26th On State Fair Records
Hear First Single “Rolling Out” Via No Depression
“[The Native] is a southern smoothie of influences, combining the raw angst of a Titus Andronicus or a Diarrhea Planet with the big brass gusto of Mariachi El Bronx.” – No Depression
April 6, 2017 - Fiercely proud of their homeland, Vandoliers put their own spin on the Texas country tradition with new album The Native, doubling down on their modern approach to traditional influences. A tribute to the Dallas-Ft. Worth band's Texas homeland, The Native, out May 26th on State Fair Records, takes its listener through a swirl of East Dallas dive bars, Pantego pool halls, small towns, big cities, and the rolling ribbon of highway that stretches throughout the state. The band kicks up a storm of Western swing, electric blues, roadhouse rock & roll, Tejano, cowboy country, and twangy punk, saluting everyone from Bob Wills to ZZ Top in the process. There are songs about leaving town. Songs about coming home. Songs about the short-lived romances that spark, burn, and fade in roadside bars, and songs about the lasting relationships that await back at home. It's a full cycle — a detailed exploration of what it means to truly belong somewhere.
"I grew up in Texas," says singer Joshua Fleming, "and I wanted to write about why I loved it. I wanted to use myself as a character for my own songs. The Native goes through all our favorite styles of Texas music, and tells my story along the way." The album is twang and tattoos, grit and guitars, honky-tonk and horns, Tejano and Telecasters.
Recorded in the same studio where Willie Nelson made Red Headed Stranger, The Native was tracked to tape by producer John Pedigo of The O’s. The album was finished in four days, capturing the spark and spunk of a live band whose tour dates have included shows with the Jayhawks, Old 97's and Reverend Horton Heat.
"I was born September 1st in a little town outside Fort Worth," goes the first line of the album's kickoff track, "Bluebonnet Highway." If The Native unfolds like a coming-of-age movie, then "Bluebonnet Highway" is the opening scene: a fast-moving montage of clips from Fleming's home, filled with neighborhood girls, traffic lights and the state flowers that bloom every spring. From there, Fleming and company hit the highway with "Rolling Out," a fiddle-fueled, horn-filled salute to the road, and wax nostalgic with the epic, driving "Endless Summer." By the album's end, they're back in Dallas-Ft. Worth, spilling all the details of their journey to a friend in "Welcome Home."
For Fleming, the real journey started years ago, when his sister took him to a Bad Religion concert. That night left a permanent impression on the young teen, who left the show inspired to make his own music. Years later, he earned his first audience as the frontman of The Phuss, a rowdy punk band that toured nationally. Business was good, but Fleming's personal life was heading south, with songs like "I Don't Feel Good" hinting at a troubled mind. After bottoming out, he resurfaced by meeting his future wife, falling in love, swapping his electric guitar for an acoustic, and writing a batch of songs that his country-loving partner might enjoy. Vandoliers were born, with many of those new songs filling the track list on the band's Ameri-Kinda debut.
The band will tour throughout the summer, including a set this weekend at the Old ‘97’s Country Fair in Dallas alongside Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, the Jayhawks and Lydia Loveless.
Vandoliers 2017 Tour Dates
APR 8 – Old 97's County Fair - Dallas, TX
APR 13 - The Blue Light - Lubbock, TX
APR 21 - Love And War In Texas - Plano, TX
MAY 5 - Floores Country Store - Helotes, TX
MAY 6 - Denton Mudbug Boil - Denton, TX
MAY 11 - Lava Cantina - The Colony, TX
MAY 14 - Taco Libre Austin - Austin, TX
MAY 18 - Red Dirt Ball - Lawton, OK
MAY 19 - Elm Street Tattoo Festival - Dallas, TX
MAY 23 - White Water Tavern - Little Rock, AR
MAY 24 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
MAY 25 - Southgate House Revival - Newport, KY
MAY 26 - The Burl - Lexington, KY
MAY 27 - Village Idiot - Maumee, OH
MAY 28 – CODA - Cleveland, OH
MAY 31 – Ignition Garage – Goshen, IN
JUN 1 - The Rathskeller - Indianapolis, IN
JUN 2 - Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series - Jacksonville, IL
JUN 3 - Mercury Lounge - Tulsa, OK
JUN 9 - Friday on the Green - Fort Worth, TX
JUL 12 - Peach Street Studios - Bozeman, MT
JUL 13 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA
JUL 15 - White Eagle Saloon - Portland, OR
JUL 16 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR
JUL 20 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
JUL 22 - Earl's Lawn And Patio - Huntsville, UT
JUL 28 - Lola's Saloon - Fort Worth, TX
JUL 29 - Blaine's Pub - San Angelo, TX
AUG 4 - Love and War - Plano, TX
SEPT 15 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots - Bristol, VA
SEPT 16 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots - Bristol, VA
SEPT 17 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots - Bristol, VA
For more information on Vandoliers, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.