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The Texas Gentlemen share their 10 favorite albums of 2018

The Texas Gentlemen are the "Swiss army knife of music", as band leader Beau Bedford told me. The group celebrates everything in modern "Pop" music - from Blues to Country, from Folk to Soul, Funk and Jazz. The Gents are mainly influenced by their predecessors, the generation before them - 60s and 70s artists like The Band, legendary session musicians like The Swampers, The Wrecking Crew.

The band is a loose collective with switching members who come on and off for shows. The core members are Beau Bedford (Vocals, Organ/Keys, Guitar), Daniel Creamer (Vocals, Organ/Keys, Guitar), Nik Lee (Vocals, Guitar), Ryan Ake (Bass) and Aaron Haynes (Drums). You really have to see them live to fully get the magic of these guys. It's something really rare in a world full of overproduced records and pedantically rehearsed live shows. It's pure joy to watch this band. Timeless, American music.

The Texas Gentlemen (in this case Beau Bedford and Ryan Ake) share their 10 favorite albums of 2018:

1) Richard Swift - The Hex

2) Sam Evian - You, Forever

3) Aaron Lee Tasjan - Karma For Cheap

4) Rayland Baxter - Wide Awake

5) The Fearless Flyers - EP

6) Hiss Golden Messenger - Virgo Fool

7) Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds

8) Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

9) Leon Bridges - Good Thing

10) Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

+ Honorable mention:

Dr. Dog - Critical Equation

The Texas Gentlemen "Shakin all over" (live):

The Texas Gentlemen "Habbie Doobie" (live):

The Texas Gentlemen website:

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