Coming to the Royale Thursday September 11, the Josh Abbott Band brings their native Texas country, along with The Casey Donahew Band for a special show in Boston.
Josh Abbott started the band back in 2004, when he was at grad school at Texas Tech in Lubbock. Along with banjo player fraternity brother Austin Davis, they performed during open mic nights and began to gain traction in their work, and in their confidence.
A short time later, drummer Edward Villanueva and fiddler player Preston Wait joined Josh and Austin, and started touring outside of Austin Texas in 2008. James Hertless (bass guitar) and Caleb Keeter (guitar) round out JAB. “Josh Abbott has ascended to that A-list level of the Texas country scene faster than anyone I’ve ever seen coming from an upstart position,” says Chris Mosser, the morning host of Austin’s 98.1 KVET-FM who also programs the station’s popular Texas country “Roadhouse” program. “And it seems to me that for a lot of the younger Texas country fans, he’s definitely the gravitational center of the current scene. His impact with the kids is remarkable.”
JAB routinely tours with more than 200 shows each year. They have led the charity event for the Josh Abbott Band Sorority Sprit Contest. In 2012, the contest has been met with overwhelming response from sorority chapters across the nation. Immediately following the kick off Josh began receiving over 160 tweets an hour from coast to coast.
Chapters have registered from the East including Tampa Florida and Pennsylvania State University; and from the West including University of Oregon and Northern Arizona University. Likewise, chapters have come in from the South including Louisiana State University and Texas Tech and from the North including University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Prizes to include a Josh Abbott Band performance, $10,000 in award money to the winning houses philanthropy as well as prizes from Dior Cosmetics, Kendra Scott Jewelry and Gigi’s Cupcakes.