I love the honesty you are confronted with visiting the Bandcamp page for Tequila Cowboys. It states, “The Tequila Cowboys are a group of working guys who get together once a week to play for a few hours.” The reality is this is what a good majority of bands do. They go to work at their hopefully fulfilling day job and let off some steam by turning up their guitars and cranking out some decent jams.
Ken Cabo (vocals/guitars), Ryan Sauza (bass) and Doug Ceurvo (drums) recently released Cabo's Cantina, which is a whopping fourteen-song album. The band recorded it in their own modest home studio and you can probably figure that out when listening to the songs. Even though the sound quality is a bit shy of the commercial sheen you would expect from a professional studio the songs easily shine through.
What I like about Tequila Cowboys is that their name and cover art is indicative of their sound. The cowboy theme is definitely inherent in the music and also contains a good amount of attitude. Almost as if this is the music you could picture playing when stepping into the establishment on their cover art.
Cabo sounds like a purebred American badass. He has a deep, masculine voice that crackles with grit and attitude. You get the impression he has no problem taking down a couple of tequila shots after coming back from a day of game hunting.
Truth be told be told there isn’t much deviation from song to song on Cabo's Cantina. If you like the first couple of tracks the whole album should appeal to you and if you don’t I can't see the second half of the album affecting your opinion.
Tequila Cowboy simply plays rock songs that have a good amount of attitude. These aren’t fluffy, feel good tunes that make you feel embarrassed. The songs sound best after spending too many hours in a shady bar shooting shots and start wondering how much trouble you can get into that night.
All things considered this brand of rock has a time and place. For me it's about every other Saturday a couple of hours past midnight.
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