Texas Tea first hit the Brisbane scene in 2005. Sporting a unique sound and a curious blend of live instrumentation, the band’s popularity grew rapidly and they developed a loyal and passionate fan base in their hometown. The debut album, Take A Sip, was released in 2006 and songs from this album took out the Number 1 spot in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 consecutively in 2006 and 2007.
Their second long player ‘The Junkship Recordings’ was released in late 2008 and has met stellar reviews across the country since its release. It was recorded over several late night sessions at Junkship Studios with producer and engineer Jamie Trevaskis.
The album was applauded for its outstanding lyrical and intensely profound content. Stand out tracks on the album include; ‘Billy’ – a rollicking lament of love and loss, ‘Cane Farmer’s Song’ – a sinister and spiritual prayer for rain, ‘The Ferry Song’ – a tragic story of a relationship slowly drowning and ‘Don’t Believe in Jesus’ – a bittersweet love song.
The Texas Tea live show is both audibly and visually striking with a combination of guitars, voice and percussion played by foot. Texas Tea are able to captivate a live audience and transport them to a sinister and sombre place and then in turn instigate a barnyard-style sock hop!
Kate and Ben have frequently received recognition for their fine song writing and storytelling prowess. They have been nominated for the Q Song and APRA Songwriters Awards on several occasions and in 2009 Kate was recognised as a finalist for the Grant McClennan Memorial Fellowship Award.
The Texas Tea sound has been described as “uniquely Brisbane”. Both albums have received generous airplay on community and national radio and their works have been used in several film projects including films by Tropfest Winning Film Maker, Steve Baker, and feature film, Savages Crossing.
Texas Tea have been compared to artists such as Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, Neko Case, Carter and Cash and Leonard Cohen and have shared the stage with Ben Kweller (USA), Cold War Kids (USA), Iron and Wine (USA), Justin Townes Earle (USA), Charlie Parr (USA), The Handsome Family (USA), The Mountain Goats (USA), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), The Darling Downs (Kim Salmon and Ron Peno), The Devastations and many other fine acts.
Texas Tea have toured all Australia and also overseas to Germany, Netherlands and France where they have strong support. The Junkship Recordings is available through Plus One and Shock Distribution. Take A Sip is available through MereNoise Records and MGM Distribution.
‘. . . whereas pale imitators might hint at the sick, sad, demented world that they’re writing about, Texas Tea give that world all the vivid quality of Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas, or a sociopath loitering in the background of a David Lynch film.’
‘Jacobson and Dougherty’s voices entwine like late-night cigarette smoke, somewhere out on the ledge with fellow travellers such as Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.’
THE COURIER MAIL
‘Kate Jacobson is the closest thing Fortitude Valley will get to Gillian Welch’
‘Brisbanes King and Queen of country’
‘Legends in the making’
‘Stupidly brilliant (really!)’
TIME OFF MAGAZINE
‘One of Oz’s finest roots releases of the year.’
‘Quite possibly the finest local roots album of the year.’
Fire Sides / Last Drinks
P1-27 | Released May 2010 | Buy Now!
The Junkship Recordings
P1-20 | Released Nov 1 2008 | Buy Now!
See other Texas Tea releases at Mere Noise Records