National Public Radio chose the song "Broke to Ride" for its Open Mic. Whole Wheat Radio in Alaska designated March 25, 2006 as Robert Coleman Trussell day and played one cut every hour for 24 hours. DJs in Salt Lake City, San Antonio, New York City and places all over Europe have played Texas Gothic. Despite a marketing budget of $0, the album rose to number 5 on the Roots Music Report folk chart.
"A cross between Townes Van Zandt and Sonny Terry...Not only does he have a spotless guitar technique, he also has a beautiful voice...A terribly good roots disc." (translated from Dutch) Freddy Celis, Belgium www.rootstime.be
"In addition to having three names and a Texas birth certificate, he has the dust and years on the plains to know of what he sings. Over the course of 15 songs, he paints a picture of life in those dusty towns your parents would never stop at unless they were out of gas." Corky Carrel www.villagerecords.com
"The more you listen, the more you enjoy the voice and realise it's the one you wish you were born with." Kelly Maxwell, United Kingdom www.bluesmatters.com
"Clearly a must-have for fans of James McMurtry...Excellent, intimate, moving." (translated from Dutch) Benny Metten, Belgium www.ctrlaltcountry.be
"I'm madly totally completely in love with Texas Gothic and I'm playing it full blast in my workroom. This CD is a revelation, a joy, a delicious companion." Naomi Shihab Nye, TX
"I haven't been this totally blown away by an album in a long, long time." Mike Holliday, PA
Top five favorite albums for January 2006 - Johanna Bodde, Alt.Country Cooking
One of the best folk releases of 2005 - Lori of KRCL, Sunday Sagebrush Serenade
Top five favorites for January 2006 - Hans Hoogeveen, Under the Tree
A Texas native, Trussell often heard freight trains rocketing down the tracks 50 yards from his childhood home in the shadow of the King Ranch, as well as coyotes, jet fighters and the occasional "Quit that crying or I'll give you something to cry about." His songs reflect the flat, unforgiving landscape in South Texas and the eternal pull to see the world on the other side of the horizon.
Texas Gothic was co-produced by Kelly Werts, who played fiddle on two cuts. Trussell lives in Kansas City with his wife Donna, a writer. Promo CDs available on request to yonderbob at mac dot com.