Austin-based honky tonkers Croy and the Boys will release their new album, Hey Come Back, on Oct. 28, and they’re giving Wide Open Country readers a first listen.
Today we’re premiering their single, “Coulda Been a Monday,” a quick country shuffle that could light up a Texas dance floor like a tinder box.
The band is from Austin, but their roots stretch up to the Rust Belt of Ohio. Frontman and songwriter Cory Baum relocated to Texas seven years ago in search of a culture where he could put his personal twist on traditional country. He came to the right place. Today, his group Croy and the Boys have become regulars at Austin’s popular country clubs like the White Horse and The Continental Club. They are among Austin’s rising crop of country traditionalists, including Mike & the Moonpies and Carson McHone.
The band’s new album, Hey Come Back, channels Texas’ diverse musical styles through the filter of someone who grew up in the urban sprawl of the Rust Belt. There’s an edge of punk and rock to the songs, though, they feel distinctly Texan. You’ll hear everything from conjunto and folk, to rock-and-roll and traditional country.
“To me, country music is a rhythm, like cumbia or bachata,” says Baum. “As long as you keep that feeling and that two steppin’ rhythm going, you can actually stray pretty far from some of the conventions.”
For Hey Come Back, the group worked with Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Group Fantasma) and Grammy-winning musicians Joel Guzman and Michael Ramos.