South Texas Rock Band Builds on Success with New Single, Album
In just three short years, Steven James & The Jaded went from relatively unknown newcomers, to scoring three Top 40 hits on Texas Radio and winning “New Band of the Year” at the Texas Regional Radio Awards.
During that time, the self-described “South Texas Rockers” crisscrossed their home state, opening for many of their heroes and friends on the Texas music scene: Josh Abbott Band, Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Rich O' Toole, Bri Bagwell, Jake Ward and many more.
“The last couple of years have been really crazy and fun,” Steven James said. “We’ve gotten to jam with so many of the bands that we listen to, and play the venues where we went to see shows. It’s been an awesome ride.”
Their unique mix of Texas Country, Americana, Grunge and Surf Rock, caught the ears of Texas music fans and helped catapult their latest single “Wildflower Lane” to #19 on the Texas Radio charts, their highest climb yet.
Now, the band is set to release a new single ahead of a new album, which the band recorded and produced themselves in their Corpus Christi studio, working with longtime friend and collaborator, Dylan Ely, who produced their last record. The Grammy-nominated producer mixed their newest album at Portia Street Studios, in Los Angeles.
Lead single, “Lucky Stars,” is an instant ear-catcher, with Steven singing up thanks for the woman who “picks me up when I’m falling down” and for whom he “thanks my lucky stars she’s around.”
It’s a great summer tune, with a solid groove, set to hit Texas Radio this spring, supported by their longtime radio team, Main Street Promotions. The single is ahead of their new album “Starr Street” which the band produced and recorded themselves. It is an ode to their beach town of Corpus Christi, known as the “Sparkling City by the Sea.”
On the album title, Steven James says: “When I first moved to town, I had a regular gig at this little Irish Pub called Cassidy’s and on my way to the gigs you had to turn down Starr Street…and that name really struck a chord with me. Here I was trying to make it in music, hustling these shows down on Starr Street.”
The album features several strong contenders for radio favorites including rocker “The Piney Woods,” which catches Steven reminiscing about several years spent living in East Texas and making a point to go back and catch up with an old flame. While, moody Texas Country jam “Ride” tells the story of a small town girl with big dreams hitting the road with her beau in search of a big city, and rich opportunities.
You can feel a sense of excitement from the band as they prepare to roll their new songs out to music fans, after more than a year and a half in the studio. Steven James & The Jaded have begun adding the new songs into their set and are excited to hit the road and honky tonks.
“I really think this new batch of songs is our strongest yet, and I can’t wait to get them out into the world and into people’s ears. It’s gonna be great to see our fans singing them back to us at shows,” Steven James added.
Steven James & The Jaded Win “New Band of the Year”at Texas Radio & Music Awards
(Corpus Christi, TX) - South Texas’ own Steven James & The Jaded took home the “New Band of the Year” award Saturday night at the 2018 Texas Regional Radio & Music Awards.
The premier Texas awards show recognizes the biggest names in Texas songwriters, live musicians and radio personalities. Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, Texas was packed Saturday as groups from around the state turned out to honor each other.
Steven James & The Jaded beat out five other up-and-coming bands to win “New Band of the Year” which came as a shock to the group, said lead-singer Steven James.
“We really didn’t have any expectations of winning, it was a total surprise,” said Steven James. “So when I heard our name being called, I couldn’t believe it! It was a huge honor.”
Steven James & The Jaded caught the ears of the Texas music scene in early 2016 when their debut single “Weak in the Knees” broke the Top 40 on the Texas Music Chart. Since then, the group has scored another Top 40 hit, and two more in the Top 75; and was nominated last fall for “Country Song of the Year” at the Texas Country Music Association Awards.
“It’s been a great year for us and we’re just really grateful for all the votes from Texas Regional Radio Members,” Steven James added. “This means a lot because it was other bands and DJs that voted for us.”
The group will appear live in South Texas on Saturday, March 17th at the St. Patty’s Day Block Party, again on Thursday, April 26th at the Corpus Christi Rodeo with the Josh Abbott Band; and headlining the Beach to Bay Relay Race on Saturday, March 19th among other dates around Texas. They are currently in the studio working on their third album which will drop in early summer.
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