Our spotlight shines on Jack Nelson this week. “Honky-Tonk Angel” moved up to #77 on the Texas Regional Radio Report, adding +3 new stations! The song was cut at Tierra Studios in Houston, TX and got its start while Jack was in high school. He had formed a locally successful progressive rock band, and one of the original songs that he had written was always a fan favorite. Jack was discharged under honorable conditions after his second tour in the United States Navy, and was home helping out on the family ranch. While driving the tractor and baling hay, he started to reminisce on his high school band days and began thinking about the tune. Then inspiration struck! As soon as Jack was done with his work for the day, he sat down and turned the song into something that fit his Texas country roots and could relate to on a very personal level. Thinking about some of the times he was down on his luck, the song just poured out of him and on to the page (Yes Jack does still write songs the old fashioned way with pen and paper). As soon as he was done penning the two and a half minute song, he recorded an acoustic version on his phone and sent it to his band mates. They were ecstatic, as they knew that Jack had just written their debut single. Two months later, they recorded “Honky Tonk Angel” and presented the tune to Texas Tones Entertainment to help push the song to radio. TTE knew instantly they had a song and an artist that they wanted to represent, and now here it is in our Single Spotlight!
This song stood out to Texas Music Pickers due the strong chorus and the great traditional dance hall sound. The fiddle and the upbeat tempo, lay some great sounds for two-stepping and boot stomping, and solid guitar licks bring just enough edge. The song is fun, catchy, and upbeat, what more could you want from a single?!
With producer Glenn Wheeler, the band has finished their album “Let ‘ER Buck!” Together they have constructed an album that can relate to anyone– It’s got love, loss, family, god, a little bit of rowdiness, and even a fun tune at the end that tells a great story that adults will recognize and children will love. Be sure to grab your copy of the album at online music stores around the world! Help us push this one up the charts by requesting it on your online and local radio stations.
Check out “Honky-Tonk Angel” below!
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