The Texas Gentlemen
The first sounds you hear on The Texas Gentlemen’s debut album, TX Jelly, is that of a band slowly coming together. It was created in four days, from start to finish, at Muscle Shoals’ singular FAME Studios. In 2016, the Gentlemen were lured out of the studio to the Newport Folk Festival, where they were joined by iconic troubadour Kris Kristofferson, making his first Newport appearance in more than 45 years. Rolling Stone called it one of the festival’s “most exciting sets.”
This Lone Star-bred collective - Beau Bedford, Nik Lee, Daniel Creamer, Matt McDonald and Ryan Ake - takes its cues from some of the iconic acts of the past - the quicksilver brilliance of The Wrecking Crew, The Muscle Shoals Swampers and Bob Dylan’s one-time backers The Band are the most obvious examples. Bedford assembled The Texas Gentlemen as an all-purpose backing band for an eclectic array of singer-songwriters, including Leon Bridges, Nikki Lane, and more.
In short order, they have undoubtedly become a force to be reckoned with in their own right. TX Jelly recently won Best Album at the Dallas Observer Music Awards and the Dallas Morning News called them “…the most exciting country act to emerge from Dallas recently.”