Some artists from Texas take the obvious blacktop roads and make country music with the typical Lone Star buzzwords, like bluebonnets and longhorns. Others, like Red Shahan, prefer to ride the Texas dirt roads and blend in some rock, Americana and blues with their country while touching on the grittier side of life in Texas.
The sounds on Shahan's upcoming Culberson County album, due out March 30, range from soft and subtle to hard and twangy. His lyrics jump the typical Texas songwriter tracks and deal with everything from the struggles of a traveling musician missing his family and paying the bills, to the dark methamphetamine fueled corners of society.
While he anxiously awaits the release of his new album, Red Shahan took time to check in from his home outside Ft. Worth with Notably Texan's Matt Meinke.
More about the artist, including links to his social networking, can be found at his website. The album Culberson County releases on March 30 on Thirty Tigers.
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