Landing hard after the success of his 2012 album SCARS,
Kaleb fielded offers from several major labels. Unwilling to
give up his vision for what his next record should be, he
turned down offers and set out to blaze his own path in the
country music business. To do so he had to step back, take
time to develop his sound, and find the perfect team to
bring his vision to reality. It wouldn’t be a quick process.
It would take two years.
Teaming up with Texas guitarist Bryant Hunter the two
started writing new music and developing a sound that was
brand new and hauntingly familiar at the same time.
During this time Kaleb’s first top 30 single, “Redneck In
All of Us” had become so popular in Europe that the band
decided a European tour was in order. So they packed up
their axes and headed to Western Europe playing sold out
venues like Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon in
Fresh off the European tour and with a newfound appreciation
for where his music could go, Kaleb enlisted the help of
Nashville producer Heath Owen, son of legendary ALABAMA
front man Randy Owen. They went to work refining the sound
Kaleb and Bryant had forged and injecting influences from
the likes of Elvis Presley and George Strait.
The resulting tracks are an homage to those who built the
foundations of country, but also have a modern feel that
will rev your engine every time you hit “play.” These tracks
fit just as well alongside Waylon and Merle as they do by
any modern artist.
You’ll hear the influence of Elvis in the Rockabilly anthem
“UhHuh,” the sorrow and hope of Strait in “Plano,” Billy
Gibbons’ hard riff style in “Hillbilly Makes a Little
Money,” and the hardscrabble influence of the
Ozarks in the dark anthem “Ozark Mountain Stomp.”
The release of Kaleb’s 2015 effort marks a new era for the
band and for the genre. As for climbing the ladder of
success in the country music business, Kaleb is headed
nowhere but up!