Behind the Music: “Texas Wind”

The legendary Bill Monroe once characterized his material as “true songs” — that is, words and music inspired by actual events.

The Cavemen like that notion, which also describes the inspiration for “Texas Wind,” a story song in the best sense of that tradition. It was written and sung by MacGyver, a fine addition to the planet’s elite list of singing drummers, a club that also includes the late Levon Helm and some other dude in the Eagles, another very popular band.

MacGyver channeled his observations of a loved one’s troubled romance and its implications into the song’s episodic lyrics, which cover emotional territory as big as the Lone Star State. That feeling is extended by a musical arrangement that adds a whiff of Texas swing beneath MacGyver’s clear, high tenor.

In the studio, the song was built on an instrumental track powered by Roscoe Gray’s strumming, Steve Jackson’s bass foundation and MacGyver’s understated rhythm.

Like the rest of the album, the vocals were recorded with a first-take mindset. Jimmy Carl added the pedal steel guitar in a second session, then returned to take a rare turn on the fiddle, adding percussive texture to the verses and a lonesome solo. We’re pretty sure it’s the first time a fiddle had darkened the door of the Hippie House studio.

If you haven’t heard the song, check out the link on this page. Of course, you can find it on the CD, which is available exclusively at Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven in Orlando. Or, you can pick one up at the band’s next performance, June 9 at Yalaha Bakery in Lake County.

Also, expect word soon on another Cavemen appearance in Orlando before the end of June.

Another spot to find the Simple Cavemen CD

If you weren’t able to buy a copy of the Simple Cavemen’s debut album at our super-fab CD release show at Stardust Video & Coffee, here’s another option:

You can find a copy at the Cavemen’s exclusive retail outlet, the fabulous Rock N Roll Heaven, on Antique Row near Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando.  Make sure to send the band’s regards to our good friend and resident rock historian Freddy Ehmen, who was kind enough to add our release to his inventory.

We’re hoping a few of our loyalists will visit the shop and make a dent in that stack of Cavemen CDs.

Thanks much for the love.