Texan duo The Western Express describes their sound as “nuevo-retro Country” but declare that they are not chasing trends, but were rather raised on classic Country sounds. They have released new LP, Lunatics, Lovers & Poets that is specifically drawn from “the tragic or notable lives of writers and performers such as Dean Dillon, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse, and Chavela Vargas“.

They have also recently released a music video for “Flower of the Rio Grande” and have tour dates coming up.

Lunatics, Lovers & Poets was Produced by Rockabilly artist John Evans (Emily Bell, Hayes Carll, Corb Lund).

Stephen Castillo, one half of The Western Express, along with Phill Brush, says:

John is a childhood hero of mine. Over the years, he’s always been very encouraging and very helpful. Without him, we would have had a decent record, probably, but it would not be what it is. He was making decisions deliberately, quickly, and concisely. He facilitated a cohesive sound out of a record that may not necessarily have had one without his touch.

He adds:

I took the craft of writing these songs seriously, but the songs themselves don’t take themselves very seriously.

Catch The Western Express On Tour:

August 24 – Bertram, TX – Globe Theatre

September 7 – Bertram, TX – Globe Theatre

September 8 – Austin, TX – Broken Spoke

September 9 – Houston, TX – Continental Club

September 11 – Memphis, TN – Hernando’s Hideaway

September 13 – Nashville, TN – Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge

September 16 – Caddo Valley, AR – Betty’s Big Country Dancehall