El Reno Blues
- Release DateSept 1, 2015
- 1Sinful Refrain (Featuring Emily B) - Pecos Hank
- 2El Reno Blues - Pecos Hank
- 3Drive Under The Moon - Pecos Hank
Pecos Hank embodies the dark side of the roots. Moody Tex-Mex tunes, fun blues guitar diddy’s, vintage surf tones and rockabilly riffs all tango with haunting baritone vocals, beautiful choir and elegant orchestration in this collection called “El Reno Blues”.
An all star cast of Texas artist perform on this record namely Jo Bird, Jerry Ochoa, Emily Bell and John Evans. “El Reno Blues” summons influences old and new from Tom Waits, Patsy Cline and Cris Isaack to Johnny Falstaff, Craig Kinsey and Jack White.
The press wrote.
The sound of the record is the pure essence of Pecos Hank (aka Hank Schyma of the Southern Backtones). He conjures up intimate, syrupy tremolo guitars to support his beautiful and haunting west Texas voice. In this solo album, Hank channels his fundamental story teller and weaves simple, mythic narratives into hypnotic anthems. His vocal delivery is similar to Eliott Smith or Leonard Cohen but without the emotional baggage.
There’s a Tex-Mex flavor woven throughout the 10-track, 39-minute “El Reno Blues.” Pecos Hank shines brightest on standout cuts like “Drive Under the Moon,” “Sinful Refrain” (with Emily Bell), “Help a Good Guy Go Bad,” the title track. “How Did You Get to Be So Mean” and closer “March of the Serpents and the Madonna’s Unending Love for a Dying Child.” This is some good stuff, y’all.