The Trey Clark Band
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The Trey Clark Band

Houston, Texas, United States | INDIE

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January 12, 2011-Trey Clark, the heir apparent to greats in Texas country music, has recorded his first live album in 2010 titled, Trey Clark - Live at the Armadillo Palace, to be released January 22nd at, Houston’s own, Goode’s Armadillo Palace! To hear it is to be reintroduced to Guy Clark, Steven Fromholz, Towns Van Zandt, or Robert Earl Keen. Clark’s authenticity shines not only in his voice, but in his lyrics. It helps to have a longneck or two, but you can listen to his music sober as a judge…and render the same verdict: This is real Texas country music as it should be made! .... - Texas Music News


Trey Clark [1] often has more live dates in a week than some artists have in six months. He’s kept up the aggressive pace for more than a decade, thanks to a savvy mix of well-worn covers and originals. Clark hasn’t released a studio disc in almost eight years, but Live At the Armadillo Palace is a solid primer, boasting a mix of what he does best. He talked a bit about the disc and what might happen if he doesn’t become “wildly successful” soon:

Was it tough deciding what would make it onto the disc?
We had a great night from beginning to end, so there was a lot to sort through. We wanted to include some covers that have become our own over the years. We left off a lot of material, some because of mistakes, some because of how we wanted the general flow of the CD and some were just not any improvement from their original recording. We have a great version of Rocket Man, but it’s not as good as the original, nor did it fit in with the flow of the CD.

What’s the most challenging part of recording a live CD?
Getting everyone to relax and just forget you’re recording. We’ve done thousands of shows with the same band. Our bread and butter has been the acoustic show. Whenever we tried to record before, we would bring in a big band with guys just hired for the night. It just never jived. We thought we would stick with the small lineup and I would carry the lead guitar. It was much easier to relax and do what we’ve done several thousand times before.

What are a few of your favorite live CDs from other artists?
Robert Earl Keen’s The Live Album, Reckless Kelly’s Live At Stubbs and Townes Van Zandt’s Live In Berlin. I could really make a long list here, but these are albums that I think are very similar to what we were going for with our live CD.

You have a degree in hotel and restaurant management and worked around town at several kitchens — ever miss it?
Well, I still love to cook and work around food. This is a hard life, and unless we go platinum or something, there is definitely a shelf life on my music career as my primary source of income. Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant business is not a job you could do for very long unless you really enjoyed it. I can see opening a bar and grill that would feature live music a little down the road.

The first time we talked, you called yourself “a folk guy with a country band.” Still true?
Even after all these years of playing, it’s still the hardest question to answer. My early influences are storytellers like Jim Croce, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett and Townes Van Zandt, so their styles show up no matter what direction I go, but I’m also a huge fan of Joe Satriani and Mark Knopfler, so weird things come out at times. Lets say, ‘folk guy with a rock guitar with a country band.’ If I can just put the words ‘wildly successful’ in there, I don’t really care how I’m labeled.

You also said, “I’ve never written a song that was true.”
I had forgotten I said that, but that has definitely changed. I suppose I hadn’t been truly heartbroken at the time we last spoke. That is no longer true, so material seems to comes to me more from the heart more than just kind of telling stories. I still try to stay away from love songs unless someone can die or have something tragic happen at the end. Dead people seem to pop up in more songs than I had realized until recently.




Pick one song on the disc and tell us why we should listen to it.
Mine jumps out at me. I love ending up with a song with people wondering, ‘What the hell was he thinking?’ It’s a song about a graverobber stealing items from the deceased. Mike, my bass player, and I wrote it driving back from Oklahoma City, and I wonder if there might have been a little exhaust coming into the cab of the pickup that night.

What’s your favorite dish on the Armadillo Palace menu?
Hands down, the venison chili. - 29-95.com


Discography

Broke and Busted
Release Date: 1999

Never Drift Home
Release Date: 2006

Live at The Armadillo Palace
Release Date: 2011

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Born in Nashville, TN, Trey Clark moved to Houston, Texas with his family at the age of 13. Trey has lived in Texas ever since and has been playing music professionally for nearly 20 years. There are only a handful of artists that are great performers, while also possessing the ability to write original songs. Trey has the ability to draw in a crowd, deliver his music, hold the audience, make them dance, cry and laugh and eventually leave them wanting more!

Classified as “Texas Country”, Broke and Busted was very much a depart from his earlier rock years and hit the scene with airplay immediately from many of the Texas music radio stations. He quickly became one of the busiest and well-known bands in the Greater Houston area, while building a following in the surrounding cities with Austin and College Station
becoming frequent destinations for the band. Trey won the Houston Press Reader’s choice award for
“Best Overall Band” in Houston in 2002.

In 2006, Trey released his second CD, Never Drift Home. The
single, “Lost”, received regional airplay and allowed the band to venture out to new fans all over Texas,
Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Since then the band has averaged nearly 250 shows a year and has played
every type of private event, festival, dance hall, rock venue and beer joint Texas has to offer.

Trey released his third CD, Live at the Armadillo Palace in January 2011 to rave reviews. The very first release ever recorded at the famed Armadillo Palace in Houston brilliantly captures what a night at a Trey Clark show is really like. The show was recorded and released "as is" without the over-dubs and extra tracks that you will find on most live recordings.

Trey’s original music has been classified as Texas Country, Southern Rock, Americana, and Red dirt.
While the three three CDs reflect this style, the band stays busy keeping their set list extremely diverse.
On any given night, the band may cover anything from Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, Sublime, Jimmy
Hendrix, Pat Green, Johnny Cash, Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Bob Marley and countless others. In fact,
there are few genres in which Trey and his band don’t excel.

Come and see a live performance and you will quickly find out why Trey has become a favorite of so many fans and a mainstay for venues.