If we've learned anything over the years as a band it's that anything is possible. Here we are well into 2011 and we find ourselves with a new bass player, new sound and a new growing fan base. We're playing a lot of the same tunes, but there is something very different now. We've brought back the drum kit for many of the "bigger" shows and the addition of Jonny on bass has really helped us redefine our sound. Yet even beyond that something is brewing that we can't pin point just quite yet.
A few years back we sat in front of a record industry exec in L.A. who told us that we had a little country in our sound and that the whole "country rock" thing was over and dead long ago. "Nobody wants to hear that" he said. Then a couple of years later we found ourselves listening to bands like Blitzen Trapper and Band of Horses and watching them tour and grow there fan base everyday. Still... even though we enjoyed these bands, we knew that we didn't really sound like any of them either. Next 2 the Tracks is not and never has been an alt country band. We are not, and never have been an indie band (other than the fact that we are independent). And although in the end, no matter how "cool" a band thinks they are... if you're lucky, and you want to be heard... it's really all pop in the end. But even then, in terms of "labels" we are not and never have been strictly a pop/rock band. We are the meshing of four individuals from a region of the United States where cultures mesh and become one like no other. Our home towns in the Southwest influence us as much, if not more than any band or movement in music ever could.
Anything is possible... Especially in art and music and our band isn't going to limit ourselves with the labels. Labels are dead, a new Rock rolls in the Desert.