Evans’ brand new video features eclectic style, colourful characters and the inspiration behind the title track from his full-length album
(AUSTIN, TEXAS – Aug. 2, 2016; source: Juice Consulting) – Beloved Texas roots rocker John Evans today releases the music video for the title track off his recently released album, “Polyester”.
Directed by Brittany Holland and Scott Marett, the video was filmed in Houston and includes a cast of colorful characters donning their own “look” inspired by the very material that the song is about. But it is much more than that.
“For me, ‘Polyester’ represents more than just a fashion statement,” said John Evans. “It’s the diversity of the culture I surround myself with. It’s all shapes, sizes, colors and musical styles tied together like a sweet polyester leisure suit.”
“John is known throughout Texas for not only being an incredible live performer, but for a musical style and keen fashion sense that is uniquely his own,” said Shaun Brennen, CEO of Splice Records. “This is his first album in six years, and that means this is one of the first videos he has put out in a very long time. We are excited to see the reaction to it.”
The critically acclaimed album and has been making waves across Texas since its release in May. Produced by Grammy-winning engineer Steve Christensen, the album title “Polyester” not only embodies the avant-garde fashion Evans is known for, but also his music style that tends to have no tangible boundaries. Fans know Evans is notorious for his patchwork of genres on his records, some of which include his family influence of old Mississippi delta blues, to growing up with 60’s/70’s rock n’ roll and the 80’s punk era. With “Polyester,” Evans has assembled an album that is not trying to fit into a particular genre. Instead, it seeks to be creative with an American appeal. It’s the essence of Americana.
“On this, his ‘comeback’ album, ‘Polyester,’ Evans returns to form and then some,” said David Garrick of Free Press Houston. “Recorded in his own living room and produced by Grammy-winning producer Steve Christensen, the Houston native and Austin resident returns stronger than ever in 10 solid tracks, mixing hints of his past sounds of rock and country together into something powerful and undeniably beautiful.”
“Evans is a musician’s musician, a chameleonic songwriter whose latest album, ‘Polyester,’ marks both the ending of a difficult period in his life and the beginning of the next one,” said Chris Gray of the Houston Press. “He says naming it after the synthetic fabric used in leisure suits and bell-bottom trousers – the sort that a 6-foot-5, lanky rocker like Evans might wear onstage, for example – seemed appropriate considering the many different musical fibers that constitute his sound.”
“‘Polyester’ embodies the iconic style and genre-bending Evans is notorious for,” said Grammy-winning engineer Steve Christensen, who engineered and mixed the album. “It defines what great American music is all about. It’s home-grown, written on the highways, it’s got roots.”
Evans has been busy on the road for the past few months and his upcoming tour dates include the following:
Aug. 4 – The Hat – Manhattan, KS
Aug. 5 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Aug. 7 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
Aug. 8 – The Sanctuary – Fargo, ND
Aug. 11 – Times Changed – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aug. 20 – Down From The Mountain Fest – Eureka, MT
Sept. 9 – Riley’s Tavern – Hunter, TX
Sept. 20 – Mucky Duck – Houston, TX
Sept. 24 – Splice River Revival – New Braunfels, TX
Evans’ music career has earned many accolades and awards including eight straight years of Houston Press Awards starting with six-time Best Male Vocalist, four-time Best Songwriter, two-time Musician of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. They span over seven albums, not including his new release on the way. Evans’ songs have been featured in film and TV including “Country Strong” and “Friday Night Lights.” Evans also has several album writes and co-writes with Hayes Carll including mainstays, “Take Me Away” and “KMAG YOYO.”
Evans has written over 400 original songs that can touch the soul of music fans from all genres, across all spectrums. When he isn’t songwriting or touring with the John Evans Band, Emily Bell or El Trio Grande, Evans is an award-winning producer who creates albums with an untouchable southern elegance, ranging from bluesy rock-n-roll to rootsy country music. He has produced albums for Jason James, folk pop singer Ashley Monical, Jesse Dayton and Emily Bell in the past year alone. His production with Corb Lund (“Cabin Fever”) went to No. 1 in Canada knocking Justin Bieber out of that position.
His newest album is featured in “Butterfly Girl,” a recent SXSW documentary film about his young daughter, Abigail Evans, who tragically passed away from a rare skin disease in 2013. Abbie’s life and sudden passing has granted John the time and focus to gain perspective of that situation, not only the immense loss, but also the inspiration Abbie left behind. All the songs on this new record were written and recorded when she lived with him in Austin.