Rich in storytelling songs, the third album by the Accidental Band, based in Stephenville, Texas, ranges from the band’s rural roots in Erath County, Texas (“We Ain’t No Lap Dancin’ Band,” “Hometown Band”), to the underbelly of the Austin music scene (“Drinkin’ Hard in Austin”), to the world of Houston road rage (“The Freeways of Houston”), to the Gulf of Mexico (“Deep Well”). It includes eight songs by lead singer and guitarist Craig Clifford, as well as two songs by David Roland Rodriguez, one by Hayes Carll, one by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, and one traditional British folk song.
This is an album with strong roots in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and other Texas troubadours who came of age in the coffee houses of Houston and Austin in the late 60s and early 70s.
Craig Clifford provides vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, and bodhran. Jim Easterling provides percussion, Hammond B3, String Synthesizer, and harmony on “It’s a Shame.” Nancy Easterling provides bass. Guest Kyle Derr provides harmony and the second guitar on “Drinkin’ Hard in Austin.”