Josh Abbott Band

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Josh Abbott Band
Josh Abbott Band at Big Texas Spring on May 3 2013.jpg
Josh Abbott Band performs at Big Texas Dance Hall on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Spring, TX.
Background information
Origin Lubbock, Texas
Genres Red Dirt, Texas country
Years active 2008-present
Labels Pretty Damn Tough, Josh Abbott
Associated acts Eli Young Band
Randy Rogers Band
Casey Donahew Band
Kacey Musgraves
Members Josh Abbott
James Hertless
Caleb Keeter
Edward Villanueva
Preston Wait
Austin Davis

Josh Abbott Band is a Texas country band from the state of Texas, USA. It is composed of Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar), Edward Villanueva (drums), James Hertless (bass guitar) and Caleb Keeter (guitar).


Josh Abbott founded the band in 2006 in Lubbock, Texas, while attending Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Texas Epsilon chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He paused college, a thesis away from his Master's degree, to pursue a musical career full time, and founded the band with fraternity brothers Austin Davis, Neel Huey and Drew Hurt. The band recorded a demo including "Taste" in 2007 and began touring in 2008. Huey and Hurt dropped out, and Preston Wait and Eddie Villanueva joined. James Hertless and Caleb Keeter joined in 2010. In 2009, the band recorded and released their first album Scapegoat.

A second album, She's Like Texas, followed in 2010 and entered the Top Country Albums charts.[1] Michael Berick of Allmusic rated it four stars out of five, comparing it to Steve Earle and saying that Abbott's songwriting showed "maturity". They had their first sell-out crowd at the World's Largest Honky Tonk "Billy Bobs Texas" located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards on 10 February 2010 which sold 6,000 tickets.[2]

It includes the single "Oh, Tonight", which entered the Country Songs charts in early 2011 at number 59 and peaked at 42.[3] The song is a duet with Kacey Musgraves, the Nashville Star season 5 finalist and Universal Music recording artist.[2]

The band's third CD, Small Town Family Dream, was released on 24 April 2012. The second single, "Touch", was released in early February and was made available digitally on 14 February. Its music video includes the reality TV star Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland, another of Abbott's fraternity brothers. Other singles released from the album include "I'll Sing About Mine" and "She Will Be Free".



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Indie US Heat
  • Release date: March 31, 2008
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough
She's Like Texas
  • Release date: February 16, 2010
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough
28 28 5
Small Town Family Dream
  • Release date: April 24, 2012
  • Label: Pretty Damn Tough
5 15 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Tuesday Night[4]


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US Bubbling
2010 "She's Like Texas" She's Like Texas
"Road Trippin'"
2011 "Oh, Tonight" (with Kacey Musgraves) 44
"My Texas" (with Pat Green) Small Town Family Dream
2012 "Touch" 41 8
"I'll Sing About Mine"
2013 "She Will Be Free"
2014 "Hangin' Around" 44 Tuesday Night
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "She's Like Texas" Evan Kaufmann
"Road Trippin'"
2011 "Oh, Tonight" (with Kacey Musgraves)
2012 "Touch"
2013 "I'll Sing About Mine"
"She Will Be Free"[6]


  1. ^ "She's Like Texas chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Berick, Michael. "She's Like Texas review". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chart highlights". Billboard. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Gayle (September 4, 2014). "Josh Abbott Band Announce EP". The Boot. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of March 3, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Abbott Band : She Will Be Free". Country Music Television. Retrieved 25 September 2013.