Growing up in Texas there were two types of music: Country and Rock n’ Roll. Then came along Texas Country, popularized by guys like Robert Earl Keene and Pat Green. Now there’s a new evolution in Texas Music with Mike Amabile and Run Over Twice. Mike has combined rock, blues and alt country music for a classic southern rock sound that is truly unique.
I’ve been listening to these guys since their start in Houston while I was in College, and have been hooked ever since. The song “I Met Jimi” is off the first album (the only one of their albums not available on iTunes…go to the Run Over Twice Website and iTunes to complain about that!) and has the best written chorus I’ve ever heard in a song:
“when it comes down to it, in the end, all you need are a few good friends……”
If you know me and my writing, you’ll know that’s a pretty powerful line for me to hear. But then again, you can’t expect anything less from a band who’s lead singer is a published poet and true-to-life cowboy (not the concrete pansy type, the type who spent his summers working on a ranch near Durango).
Don’t take my word for it. Check out the website and Facebook page, and thankfully I’ve gotten permission to put a few of my favorite tunes of theirs on here for free (the tracks “Better Side of Me” and “Blind” for a free listen below are two of my favorites). Have a listen, go to their shows, and see why they’ve been nominated for the following 2013 Texas Music Awards:
Male Vocalist of the Year: Mike Amabile, singer
Musician of the Year: Charles Peters, lead guitar
Album of the Year: “Open Your Eyes,” Mike Amabile and Run Over Twice