Welcome Home, the third album from Austin’s ‘Original Americana’ band, The Texas KGB, immediately asserts itself with the anthemic opening track. Anticipation boils from the reminiscent, Folsom County chords rolling steadily off the fingertips of KGB bandleader Kelly Green before bursting into a captivating arrangement of folk-rock harmonies. There’s no subtlety hidden within the seven tracks of Welcome Home. It’s a bold and innovative take on contemporary Americana that unapologetically twists through a southern whirlwind of classic rock, country, blues and funk.
The album was produced by Omar Vellejo and The Texas KGB (Kelly Green Band) and was recorded at Vallejo’s 512 Studios. The Georgia-raised, Austin-based Americana quartet consists of Kelly Green on the lead and slide guitar and vocals, Jace Cadle on the rhythm guitar and vocals, Kody Lee on drums, saxophone and vocals and Violet Lea on bass and vocals.
Welcome Home lives and breathes through Green’s sophisticated vocal range. Whether softly crooning with a sugary-sweet twang or overpowering with a heart-wrenching ruggedness, Green enchants on nearly every track aside from ‘The Way’ where Cadle’s rustic gravel shines over the emotive country ballad. The nostalgic title track is an alluring arrangement that builds and cascades in melodic momentum with sweeping vocals and a chanting chorus while the smoky blues-drenched ‘Frangela’ howls with southern country-rock bravado. The deeply personal ‘Burnt Spoons’ represents the albums most poignant track detailing with candid openness the emotional turmoil and collateral damage caused by addiction. The album swings in conclusion with the blues-guitar heavy enthusiasm of ‘Funk 69’.
Make no mistake about it! The Texas KGB is not your grandpa’s ol’ timey Americana band. Their diverse interpretation of the genre combined with jaw-dropping live performances make for an Americana band that must be experienced. Welcome Home should catapult The Texas KGB to the forefront of new-age Americana in the Live Music Capital.
Check out some of the highlights below from The Texas KGB’s Official Welcome Home Release Party last Friday at Mohawk.
Photos by: Valerie Riels @photo.atx