Last weekend country favorites Josh Abbott Band headlined their annual JAB Fest in Lubbock Texas and closed out two nights with a sold out show and over 12,000 in attendance.
On September 11th, the band also hosted the JAB Cares golf tournament at Rawls Golf Course raising over $65,000. No strangers to giving back to their fans, over the last few weeks the band also raised over $50,000 for hurricane relief organizations with the sale of their “My Texas” t-shirts. JAB Cares info here.
In it’s sixth year, JAB Fest took place at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lubbock, TX with a line up that included Joe Nichols, William Clark Green, Wade Bowen, Parker McCollum, Koe Wetzel, The Last Bandoleros, Ross Cooper, Kaitlin Butts and Rich O’Toole.
Josh Abbott Band recently released their new album “Until My Voice Goes Out” to rave reviews and performed one of their new songs on the national television show Fox & Friends. JAB is now on the road in support of the album with a horns and string sections making stops in Nashville, TN, Las Vegas, NV, New York City, NY and more…
Produced by Dwight Baker, “Until My Voice Goes Out” is a hopeful look into the future, a roll-up-the-sleeves-and-move-
This album is about appreciating the moment and your family and your friends, and living life the right way,” Abbott says. “It’s really all about finding clarity and focusing on what’s important.”
As Josh Abbott Band moved into the final stages of work on “Until My Voice Goes Out”, lead singer Josh Abbott’s personal life took a couple significant twists that underscored where JAB finds itself professionally. Abbott’s father suffered a stroke while the album was being recorded, and Josh split his time between the studio and the hospital bedside, finishing all the lead vocals shortly before his dad passed away. Two months later, Josh welcomed his first child into the world. Those developments in the spring of 2017 nutshelled the circle of life, and in a way, that’s how “Until My Voice Goes Out” operates.
As the band observes 10 years since recording its first single, “Taste,” Voice finds the seven-piece Texas ensemble ending one chapter and beginning another.
Experiencing life at its fullest includes taking risks, and Josh Abbott Band does that successfully on the new album incorporating strings and a horn section for the first time. Arranger Rob Mathes…noted for his work with Tony Bennett, Sting and Bruce Springsteen…worked up a handful of mood-setting string preludes and added to JAB’s range. Mathes’ preludes became an important emotional glue for the project, and the titles that bookend the project…“An Appreciation of Life” and “Farewell Father”…helped bring a cohesiveness to the album and its back story.
The band is making a statement through the entire risk-taking album…about its continued growth and evolution as it moves forward, a decade after that first single gave Texas a taste of JAB’s brand of country.
Listen to the album here!