While they are from Texas, Stephenville-based four-piece Six Market Blvd. have glued together the rootsy, rockin' sound of Oklahoma Red Dirt with twangy Texas country, a vibe that resonates well with fans on both sides of the Red River. The numbers just don't lie.
In May the band's sophomore album, Shake It Down, debuted at No. 42 on Billboard's Country Albums chart and No. 22 on the magazine's Heatseekers count — but at No. 1 on Heatseekers Regional South Central. It also hit No. 5 on the iTunes country chart.
First single "Say It" has made a steady 13-week climb all the way into the Texas Music Chart's Top 10. Its success lit a fire under fledgling 6MB fans, who have now started searching out 2010 debut album Running on Seven.
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8 p.m. Thursday, August 16, at Blue Moose Lodge, 5306 Washington, 713-861-5525 or www.thebluemooselodge.com.
Chatter spoke with front man Clayton Landau via phone while the band was rolling into Austin.
Chatter: Has the success of Shake It Down kicked in any doors for the band?
Clayton Landau: You know, Shake It Down has definitely brought us a lot of bigger gigs. We're headlining a lot more, and we also just got booked for our first music festival in Steamboat Springs. When we started playing music four years ago, we had certain goals. Steamboat was one of those goals.
One of our biggest goals was to also play the Larry Joe Taylor Festival. We've been reaching all of these goals, and it's just been blowing us away. We thought it would have been six years before we got to play Steamboat, but we got our first offer this year. We're definitely ready.
C: Now that you have met most of the goals, what others, if any, have you added?
CL: We want to start touring the United States and other countries. Texas country and Red Dirt music is huge over in Europe. There are Texas country bands doing European tours right now, and we would love to get into that.
C: How is Shake It Down different from your debut album?
CL: There are a lot of differences. When we went in to record the first album, we had a list of songs we wanted to lay down but we were really green to the whole recording process. Running on Seven came out great and we got a lot of recognition from it, but there's always a few things that slip through.
The next album, we took our time and used the lessons we learned from our first experiences in the recording studio. We also had bigger influences going in.
C: What were some of those influences?
CL: One thing we were listening to a lot while we were recording was the Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. That album has a lot of harmony in it and we do a lot of harmony, so we related to that.
C: Now that the recording process is over, would you have done anything differently?
CL: Not me personally. You may talk to some of the other guys and they may something different, but not me.
C: How do individual personalities play into what you record or even your band's style, for that matter?
CL: We've really got ourselves something good here, and we're rollin' with it. We may have different opinions from time to time, but whatever we have to dedicate to the band and individually and all together, it just works out, man. It just makes that sound. We're really one hell of a combination.
C: You just added Forty Creek Whisky as a sponsor. Does that mean you have to drink it out on the road?
CL: Yeah, we drink it any time we're out, unless we're drinking beer.
C: Have any new songs been written under the influence of Forty Creek yet?
CL: Not yet, but we just started. We get like a pretty good amount a month, so it probably won't take long.
C: What about any beer sponsors? Is anything in the works?
C: We've had them before. We were sponsored by one beer company, but they didn't do much for us. We had another one that had big plans for us, but I don't know what happened. We never heard from them again.
C: Were any drunk promises made?
CL: Well, it was at a bar. Yep.
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C: Kevin Fowler once said the strangest thing he had ever autographed was a Chihuahua. What would your answer be?
CL: (Laughs) Well, uh, one night in Kansas, we all signed a really old woman's breasts.
C: Do you get a lot of requests like that?
CL: There haven't been a lot of requests just for breasts. We've signed a multitude of other body parts. You know, arms, ass cheeks, bubble butts. One time at a festival, this 14-year-old girl came up and asked me to sign her forehead. I was like, "Hell, no, I'm not gonna sign your damn forehead."