Saints Eleven , winners of the TCMA's "Country Band of the Year", is a Red Dirt Country Band hailing from Dallas, TX with a mixture of Country, Americana, Blues, & Rock N'Roll!
After three potent album releases, twelve charted radio singles, a slew of virally intensive music videos and regular co-bills with many of the top artists in the scene, lead singer and guitarist Jeff Grossman says his proudest career highlight so far was having Walt Wilkins in the producer’s chair on their latest album “Coming Back Around.”
“Coming Back Around” is the therapeutic result of dealing with loss in all its glorious phases. In his previous releases, frontman Jeff Grossman has shown a man bested by love with a heart that has been duct taped time and time again leaving bitter traces across two albums where he is flipping the proverbial finger at his emotional assailants. This new release depicts a man a little wiser for the wear, a soul on the mend who is resolved in sharing a living space with the pain of the past. A person is usually always drawn back to their roots and looking for redemption after a journey through the desolate abyss, and Grossman admits that is exactly why he wanted Walt Wilkins in the producer’s chair declaring, “He’s the Texas country Jesus.” Wilkins is noted as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation and has been deemed the John Steinbeck of music. Grossman attributes much of the album’s soul to the handiwork of Wilkins who also sings back up on several of the tracks along with his wife Tina Wilkins. “Coming Back Around” is the softer underbelly of Saints Eleven. It’s a trek through an Americana landscape; waltzing across blue valleys of sorrow, strutting over familiar plains of adversity and two-stepping over mountain peaks of resolve.
On the live front, when you stand in front of the stage at a Saints Eleven show, your senses are overrun by contrasting elements that hook your attention and keep you there. Your ears are seduced by the sounds of vintage honky tonk music mixed with electrified bluegrass, but the rest of your senses are taken hostage by four guys who play with an energy fueled by years of a heavy rock n' roll influence. The very first thing anyone will talk about when the topic of Saints Eleven comes up is their live show moxie. Each show is delivered as if it were their very last one, and their fans give that energy right back to them in equal amounts creating an exchange that makes you feel like you are caught in the crossfires of a waged battle. Keep tabs on the band’s website for all show dates in a town near you!
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