Author: Leon Blair
It's kind of ironic that in 2015, three Texas-Country artists crafted songs that cheered for the underdog and told the listeners loud and proud that selling out would be one of the last things they ever did. The songs I'm talking about of course come courtesy of Aaron Watson with “Fence Post” as well as “Standards” from the duet album, Hold My Beer by Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers. Now, while Watson didn't exactly experience the glory days of being on a major label like Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen did, the messages are still fitting for acts big and small.
Jack Ingram followed pretty much the same exact path that many Texas-Country artists do when they hit the mainstream. Start out independent and hope of scoring a major label deal (which Jack did with Big Machine in the mid-2000's) before seeing that initial success fizz out and leave you going back to the minor leagues (as one “Texas” star who is on his way back here very shortly once stated). Now, Jack didn't go “off the rails” that badly, but with his newfound power as a major player, things certainly changed. The production on his albums grew more slick, and the song selections grew to be, well......you've all heard that Hinder cover right? Anyway, Jack stopped before things went too far, parting with Big Machine in 2009 and taking quite the hiatus at that. It wasn't until this year, seven years after Jack's days as a major player had ended that he decided to release an album full of songs he had been working on.