Shortly following the announcement of their next headlining tour, the “Somewhere Down the Road Tour,” and as those tickets go on sale, the Josh Abbott Band has also released their latest single “What Were You Thinking.”
The band’s second single in just over a month, following “Barstool Boys,” “What Were You Thinking is an easy going track about falling in love just when you needed it most.
Give it a listen below:
“To say you saved me isn’t saying it right You pulled me from the darkness girl, in the nick of time Traded my demons for a better life But still I wonder what was going through your mind…”
The Josh Abbott Band formed in the unassuming country music hot bed of Lubbock, TX in 2006 while Abbott was a student at Texas Tech, and the rest is history. Releasing their first music in 2009, the Josh Abbott Band has been around for well over a decade now, and it’s safe to say they’ve achieved a pretty legendary status atop the Texas music scene while experiencing significant national and mainstream success over the years.
With their 2010 debut album She’s Like Texas producing massive hits like the title track “She Likes Texas” and “Oh, Tonight,” featuring an at the time up and comer by the name of Kacey Musgraves, it didn’t take long for the band to find that national success, and they’ve been able to continue growing their following ever since.
Now, with six albums, several EPs, a ton of singles under their belt, the Josh Abbott Band has a deep catalog to show for their legendary run, and plenty of great new music to prove there are no signs of slowing down. Their previous full length record, 2020’s The Highway Kind, contains their biggest streaming song to date, “Settle Me Down,” and while there hasn’t been another album since, the band has released a few EPs and frontman Josh Abbott has continued to contribute to his brain child and side-project The Panhandlers, a Texas country music supergroup featuring Abbott, William Clark Green, John Baumann, and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry.
It seems, though, as if the three-plus year album drought is coming to an end for the Josh Abbott Band. With a handful of singles released thus far, and the aforementioned “Somewhere Down the Road Tour” being set in motion, it was announced today that the band’s next record will be titled Somewhere Down the Road, and it’s bound to be a good one.
Set to be released on January 26th, the new single “What Were You Thinking” dropped with what appears to be the album cover for Somewhere Down the Road, and one can only imagine that at least some of the singles released previously released this year will be included as well.
Check out some of the other new music they have been releasing here, some of which could potentially find its way onto the forthcoming project..
“My Dad and His Truck”
And of course, check out those tour dates. You’re not going to want to miss the Josh Abbott Band when they roll through town.
10/20 – Stormont Vail Events Center- Topeka, KS~
10/27 – Moody Center – Austin, TX*
10/28 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX*
11/3 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR=
11/4 – Legacy Hall – Plano, TX@
11/10 – Texas A&M Veterans Day – College Station, TX%
11/17 – Silver Saloon – Terrell, TX$
11/18 – The Post OG – Orange Grove, TX
11/28 – Story Arena – Magnolia, AR
12/1 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
12/2 – Waiting Room Lounge – Omah, NE
12/8 – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV
1/5-1/6 – Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
1/10 – The MusicFest – Steamboat Springs, CO (The Panhandlers)
1/11 – The Grizzly Rose – Denver, CO (The Panhandlers)^
1/12 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS (The Panhandlers)^
1/13 – Tower Theatre – Oklahoma City, OK (The Panhandlers)^
1/14 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (The Panhandlers)^
1/17 – Hurricane Harry’s – College Station, TX (The Panhandlers)^
1/18 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX (The Panhandlers)^
1/19 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX (The Panhandlers)^
1/20 – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX (The Panhandlers)^
1/26-1/27 – Mile 0 Fest – Key West, FL
2/1 – House of Blues Orlando – Orlando, FL
2/2 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
2/3 – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
2/10 – Andrews Chamber Banquet – Andrews, TX
2/15 – The Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
2/16 – Rick’s Cafe – Starkville, MS
2/17 – The Hall – Little Rock, AR
2/22 – Midnight Rodeo – Springfield, MO
2/23 – The Hat – Manhattan, KS
2/24 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
3/22 – TBD – Wichita Falls, TX
4/5 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
4/6 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
4/10 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
4/11 – Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
4/12 – Joe’s on Weed St – Chicago, IL
4/13 – 8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, IN
4/19 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, MO
4/20 – The Hawthorn – St. Louis, MO
4/26 – Stagecoach Festival – Indio, CA
5/31 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
~Supporting Dierks Bentley
*Supporting Parker McCollum
=Support from Keller Cox
@Support from Chancey Williams
%Supporting Riley Green
$Support from David Allen Byrnes
^Support from Tyler Halverson
And if you’ve made it this far, go ahead and cue up a couple of the band’s classics here. The Josh Abbott Band paved the way for many of the biggest artists that have come up through Texas of late, and these songs were undoubtedly influential in what the next generation of Texas artists has been able to accomplish, both in the Lone Star state and across the whole country.