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The Mother Truckers (Austin, TX)

I stumbled upon this band by pure accident one night while recollecting my college days  and the bands that I loved at the time.  I remembered a band named Protein out of Austin, Texas.  They were a interesting band that sang catchy hard songs about “Lemonade” and “Sitting on the Roof of a Mexican Restaurant”, and other random things.  Of their two albums released, 1997’s Ever Since I Was A Kid and 1999’s Songs About Cowgirls, Cowgirls remains to be one of my all time favorites. Sadly, Protein was a band who’s members (although very  talented) and contribution were simply overlooked; their demise (in my opinion) was simply being among too many bands being released at one time.  Although they had a very short life in band years, they did produce some quality music that you should take the time to discover. 

Of the members of the band, the highlight would be the main vocalist and lead guitar player Josh Zee.  Zee’s talent is reflected in those two albums and really created a unique, fresh, and fun sound of for the band.  Protein was a bit of alternative, a bit of jazz, and Texas blues/rock all rolled up into one.  To my surprise and delight, Zee has started another venture called The Mother Truckers based out of Austin, TX.  Although I have not had a chance to listen to any of their albums, I do like what  I hae heard through their website (www.themothertruckers.com); the songs from their most recent release Van Tour (2010), specifically Break-Up Sex and  Alien Girl are fun, energetic, and really show how much fun Zee’s newest project probably is live.

The Mother Truckers clearly are a culmination of modern country, Texas roadhouse rock, and something all their own.  Clearly there is a lot of passion, energy, and forethought put into the arrangements of their songs.  The band appears to have kicked off a tour this summer and it looksl like most is focused on Texas and California cities.  I do hope that the band swings by the East Coast and performs a date in HiFi’s city of Albany, NY. 

Here are the dates reflected on their website as of 6/17/2010:

Jun 26, 2010 9:00 PM Antone’s Night Club Austin, TX
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OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY!!
Jul 15, 2010 10:00 PM The Continental Club Houston Houston, TX  
Jul 16, 2010 9:00 PM The Aardvark Fort Worth, TX  
Jul 17, 2010 11:00 PM The Boiler Room Denton, TX  
Jul 18, 2010 9:00 PM Scout Bar San Antonio, TX  
Jul 30, 2010 9:00 PM Threadgill’s World Headquarters Austin, TX  
Aug 5, 2010 TBA Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ  
Aug 11, 2010 TB Harlow’s Sacramento, CA  
Aug 12, 2010 TBA Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz, CA  
Aug 13, 2010 TBA 19 Broadway Fairfax, CA  
Aug 14, 2010 9:00 PM Slims San Francisco, CA  
Aug 15, 2010 9:00 PM McNear’s Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA  
Aug 18, 2010 TBA Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA  
Aug 28, 2010 11:30 PM The Continental Club Austin Austin, TX  
Sep 13, 2010 TBA AMAGER BIO    
Sep 14, 2010 TBA Fermaten    
Sep 15, 2010 TBA POSTEN    
Sep 16, 2010 TBA Tobakken    
Sep 17, 2010 TBA Kulturhuset Pavillonen
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