Grab your caps, get your boots and scoot on down to Wild West on Saturday for the Bart Crow Band. The show begins at 8 p.m.
The band has kicked off its 2012 touring schedule and with a new album to promote.
The Bart Crow Band has released four albums in as many years, including “Finally,” “Desperate Hearts,” “Heartworn Tragedy,” and its newest one, “Brewster Street Live.”
“We recorded it down in Corpus Christi,” Bart Crow, lead singer, says. “We went down to Corpus to a sold-out show.”
The CD was recorded in late spring or early summer last year by a new producer, Adam Odor. Odor, South Plains College graduate, is well-known among Texas country groups having won five Grammys with the Dixie Chicks in 2002 and 2003.
The band’s album dropped in March 2011. It features a few new songs including “She’s The Only Reason” and “Drifin’ In The Wind,” as well as some older favorites such as “Wear My Ring” and “Understand.”
Matt Slagle, who plays the bass for the band, says the members have learned to play really well with each other. Their chemistry is evident in Brewster Street Live.
“I really like that the band functions like a well-oiled machine as opposed to other bands that I have been a part of,” Slagle says. “I mean, we practically live with each other about four days out of the week. We just have to learn to co-exist and we do that really well. Every guy brings their own flavor.”
Jay Warren, drummer for the Bart Crow Band, says he likes the work he does and the people he works with. He says he likes when the band is able to connect with audience members.
“It’s cool,” Warren says. “I’m not going to sit here and say that it is not nice to go to work and get applause, but the reality is, you don’t always get applause. You don’t always get that kind of crowd. You just have to work with what you’ve got and hope for the best and hope to connect with the audience.”
Crow says the band is on the road for a majority of the year.
“We play anywhere that will have us, really,” Crow says. “We’ve played in Arizona, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio — places in Kansas, I mean, we’ve played in quite a few places.”
Slagle says a full schedule was one of his reasons for joining the band.
“Before Bart, I played with a few different bands,” Slagle says. “I used to be a part of a couple of bands so that I would have a gig every night. When I joined Bart, he was busy enough to fill my schedule.”
Warren says that his experiences with the band have been unforgettable. “So far, it’s been absolutely wonderful,” Warren says. “Bart is just a great guy to work with. I feel like I stumbled into something great, and I’m really lucky.”
Slagle says he likes when the band can make people happy through its music.
“I couldn’t ask for a better life,” he explains. “I cannot imagine doing anything else. It gives you an adrenaline rush. It also makes people happy. I just love doing what we do.”
Crow says the band is looking forward to their performance in Lubbock. He says fans can expect a good show at Wild West.
Tickets can be purchased by logging on to www.bartcrowband.com, finding the “Wild West” section under “dates” and clicking “buy tickets.”
“We love making the stop through Lubbock,” Crow says. “I just hope everybody comes out to celebrate the new year with us.”