Love to Live By (2016)

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Love to Live By (2016)

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Additional recording: Covenant Recording Studios, Amarillo, Texas. Engineer: Glenn Storlie

Additional recording: Covenant Recording Studios, Amarillo, Texas. Engineer: Glenn Storlie

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Cooder Graw and Loud Country Records announce the release of the band’s first new recordings since their wildly successful reunion in 2012. Love to Live By, a collection of six Matt Martindale-penned songs, was recorded in 2015 in Austin, Texas and produced by Rich Brotherton. The release has been widely anticipated, as evidenced by the first single, “Heart of Breaking Up,” receiving significant airplay on many Texas Regional Radio reporting stations weeks before the official add date.

Formed in 1997, Cooder Graw became one of the hardest working bands in the burgeoning Texas Red Dirt music scene, playing up to 250 shows a year throughout the country. Their brand of “Loud Country” made them one of the most sought after live acts of the genre. A series of Dodge truck commercials featuring their High Plains anthem “Llano Estacado,” a “Live at Billy Bob’s” album, and performing shows with such legendary artists as Willie Nelson, Alabama, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen and others fueled the group’s popularity in Texas and regions beyond.

The songs on Love to Live By may be new, but in many ways are vintage Cooder Graw. From the heart-tugging and emotional lyrics of the title track, to the rowdy and bodacious “Virginia Slims & Little Kings,” this new offering has a pleasing familiarity, yet at the same time a contemporary edginess that makes it clear the ol’ Cooder Boys haven’t missed a beat.