^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Eleven Hundred Springs

Years ago, when he was leading Lone Star Trio, Matt Hillyer was the cutest guy this side of Rhett Miller, a rocker in hick's clothing who deftly integrated rockabilly cool into his potent mixture of hard-core honky-tonk and contemporary Americana. After the demise of Lone Star Trio, Hillyer formed Eleven Hundred Springs, and for nearly a decade, this quintet has quietly produced some of the best country music in Texas.

With Eleven Hundred Springs, Hillyer wisely chose to dispose of his youthful rock leanings and rely most heavily on such classic influences as Buck Owens, Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. In the past, especially in the studio, these influences have often overshadowed the band's inherent talent, making songs that came across a bit too close to tributes instead of unique articulations of inspiration.

Country Jam solves that problem post-haste. Perhaps it was the choice of producer (Lloyd Maines) or a record label that knows a thing or two about legitimate country (local singer Darryl Lee Rush also records for Palo Duro), but these new songs perfectly balance originality and a reverence for rural music. Check out the echoes of the late, great Doug Sahm that are integrated flawlessly into "Texas Afternoon" and "I'll Be Here for You." This is two-stepping fare of rare intellect and subtlety, a great record of real music.

Info

Eleven Hundred Springs

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.