A lot of artists employ a throwback sound when making their records, but not all of them have a voice that naturally matches up to it. Not so for Oklahoma's Jacob Tovar. His voice sounds like it should be crackling out of an AM radio or a jukebox between Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells. This guy's brand of classic country is capital “T” Throwback and with good reason.
Tovar grew up on a farm in Perry, OK, working the land and, quite literally, riding the range. An honest-to-goodness singing cowboy in an era of frat boy wannabes, Tovar pursued his musical potential after a move to Tulsa landed him in the local honky tonk scene. Now, he and his band can see their Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps eponymous debut album just out on the horizon. The second single is "One Track Minded Baby."
“I wrote 'One Track Minded Baby' about my baby girl — she was about one-and-a-half at the time. I take care of her during the day, and she is insistent upon being in my space every second. She was following me around to the point that I couldn't even go to the restroom alone, and this song was inspired by those moments spent with her.
Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps drops on August 28 via Horton Records.
Photo by Phil Clarkin