The Great American Desert

by Thrift Store Cowboys

Released 2004
Released 2004
In the flatlands of west Texas, where the horizon stretches for miles , the emptyness and loneliness of the terrain is reflected on its inhabitants. "The Great American Desert", by Thrift Store Cowboys catches that lonesome feeling like a firefly
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Thrift Store Cowboys

Three years of high energy shows throughout Texas and the southwestern US have established Thrift Store Cowboys as one of the most promising upcoming bands out of west Texas in decades. The band has spent much of that time touring relentlessly in support of their first album, "Nowhere With You." Now, after many
months of hard work at Caldwell Studios in Lubbock, Thrift Store Cowboys are ready to release their second album, "The Great American Desert."

The sound of Thrift Store Cowboys often struggles to fit into a single classification. To some it is americana or alt country, yet those terms scarcely describe the high energy music to be found at a TSC live show. Bloodshot Records artist Rex Hobart described the band's sound as "great, spooky, punky-tonk," which may be one of the most representative descriptions to date.

On The Great American Desert, Thrift Store Cowboys
attempt to set themselves apart from the rest of the Texas music scene as innovators rather than followers. The band attempts to stretch the boundaries beyond normal song arrangements, incorporating 6/8 mariachi beats as well as unique stylings of fiddle, electric guitar, and steel guitar.

The band has played over 350 shows in the last four years, and touring has taken them throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Arkansas. The band has shared the stage with acts such as The Flatlanders, The Derailers, Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, Willie Nelson, Old 97's, The Reverend Horton Heat, Blue October, and Slobberbone, and they have shown an ability to appeal to fans of both country and rock bands.

The future of Thrift Store Cowboys should hold many great things as the band continues to push their music to new audiences. Their "do it yourself" ethic has already brought them a strong regional fanbase and two full length studio albums, all while handling their own booking and management. Thrift Store Cowboys have made an effort to make music on their terms, but still
with the intent of getting it out to as many people as possible. In an industry powered by money and conformity, Thrift Store Cowboys continue to make an effort to create music for the right reasons.