This past week I got the chance to see Josh Abbott Band here in Oxford at this charming venue called the Lyric. It’s nestled right downtown in the historical square. If you have a few minutes to do some reading I highly suggest learning the history of the Lyric. It was originally a stable owned by William Faulkner’s family and the Lyric has restored it to its former glory to put on some amazing shows. One thing I have found so endearing and captivating about living in the deep South is the amount of history and pride behind these towns. Every building has a story and someone that is eager to tell it to you!
Josh Abbott Band is a group right out of Texas…and proud of it! For a band that didn’t start striving for the big time until 2008 it has been a quick climb for them. They appreciate each and every single fan that comes out to their shows and have been known in their beginning days to buy the entire bar a round to show their appreciation for supporting them. I absolutely love their heavy use of a fiddle in their songs. The entire night was kept Texas from the music to the crowd that was decked with ten gallon hats and belt buckles large enough you could see a mile away.
Although they continue to stay strong in their Texas roots with songs like “She’s Like Texas” and “My Texas” they are quickly rising in the country genre nationwide with hit songs like “Hangin’ Around“. They made sure to play their song “Hotty Toddy” while in town as well as ask that infamous question….”Are you ready???” They’re an adorable group of guys who obviously enjoy being able to play music for a living and I would recommend going to see them if given a chance. Here’s my playlist of my favorite Josh Abbott Band songs, which ones do you like!?