After making their live debut at the MusicFest earlier this month, The Panhandlers have announced a trio of new shows. They’ll play at the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall, on March 19th and have added two more festival dates – Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival on April 21st in Stephenville, TX and Cotton Fest on May 1st in Lubbock, TX. Tickets for the Gruene Hall show go on sale tomorrow. The group – Josh Abbott, John Baumann, William Clark Green, and Flatland Cavalry’s Cleto Cordero – will release their self-titled debut album, produced by Bruce Robison on March 6th via the Next Waltz. This week, lead single “No Handle” broke into the top 40 of the Americana radio charts, debuting at #32 and moved up to #23 on our Texas Music Spotify Chart.
Since the album was officially announced in early January, The Panhandlers has been one of the most talked-about country albums of the year, with coverage from Rolling Stone, The Boot, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, Whiskey Riff, Grady Smith and more.
“This Flatland Life,” a co-write between Abbott, Baumann, and Cordero is the latest track released from the album, which offers an overview of West Texas society over a loose, loping beat. “This was the first song we wrote for the album,” says Abbott. “It’s a first-person anecdote of the everyday musings of being from the area: the boom-or-bust economical system, and the passionate sides that oppose each other on it, as well as religion and politics.” “This Flatland Life” will be available digitally this Friday, January 31st. You can check it out below, a few days before it drops!
The Panhandlers aren’t your typical hometown heroes. Separately, the band’s four members are acclaimed songwriters and road-tested frontmen in their own right, with over 293 million combined streams on Spotify. Together, they’re a true powerhouse representing some of Texas’ most beloved musical exports, rolling their talents into a band whose homegrown country music revisits and revises the classic influence of West Texas. Tracked live to analog tape by producer Robison, the group’s self-titled debut is a modern record for old souls.
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