The Boomswagglers have always been more of a myth than a reality. With a dedicated underground following, they released a ragtag set of recordings under the title Bootleg Beginnings from the Shack Out Back almost a decade ago that won high praise, including a nomination for an Independent Music Award and placement in the movie Rolling Papers.
But the beginnings never led to much of anything else aside from thirsty fans wanting more, but not knowing where to turn, and no other in outfit country or otherwise fit to fulfill what they did. The raw authenticity that mixed true country with dirty blues and roadhouse stomp was like nothing heard before. Some gigs were played around The Boomswagglers haunt of Austin, TX, and even some tours outside the state. But the authenticity that made The Boomswagglers so infectious and appealing got in the way of it ever developing into a proper musical concern.
The only constant of the band was Georgetown, TX-native Spencer Cornett who those in the know consider one of the last remaining authentic voices left in the country genre. But what happened with The Boomswagglers after the bootleg, and if there would ever be any more music was a question left unanswered, until now.
Partnering with childhood buddy Steven "Brock" Bracamontez on guitar, along with seasoned country drummer and music media provocateur Kyle "Trigger" Coroneos, The Boomswagglers have assembled 11 original songs written primarily by Spencer Cornett into a proper studio debut album called Heartbreaking Places in My Mind. Recorded mostly at the Ameripolitan Studios behind Dale Watson's house in Austin and produced by "Trigger" Coroneos, it finds the infamous underground Texas outfit both paying homage to the original sound and style that made The Boomswagglers so singular and legendary to many, while also upping the game with the quality of the songs, performances, and recordings.
The music is distinctly country, but the songs are transcendental. Though the folksy attitude, heartbreak, and hard twang of songs like "Heartbreaking Places in My Mind" and "Pick From Your Vine" will fill many voracious appetites for what The Boomswagglers serve and few others can, intimate compositions such as the haunting "Drinking Problem's a Problem" with its robust melody, or the message of "The Day The Devil Smiled" about the Columbine High School massacre make the offerings of The Boomswagglers deceptively deep, despite the distinct authenticity that comes across in Spencer Cornett's upbringing and perspective, and heavily drawled-out voice.
This is no put-on or act. Everything you hear in the 11 tracks of Heartbreaking Places in My Mind released via Hillgrass Bluebilly Records is real, based on actual events, from a broken man in and out of jail and rehab, just holding it together long enough to stand prostrate in from of a microphone, and steady his hand to play guitar. There's blood and tears in these songs that no marketing copy or embellishment could ever do justice. The Boomswagglers are one of the very last real deal contributors to country music, period.
Notable musical guests on Heartbreaking Places in My Mind include steel guitar wizard Zach Moulton of Mike and the Moonpies, bass player Chris Crepps of Dale Watson's Lone Stars, Austin-based fiddler Beth Chrisman, and even Spencer Cornett's mother Yvette lending harmony vocals on a song.
There are bands that claim authenticity in country music, and then there's The Boomswagglers. All you have to do is listen, and you too will behold something you've never heard before, and may never hear in country music again.
1. Better Times Down The Line (Spencer Cornett)
2. Drinking Problem's A Problem (Spencer Cornett)
3. Heartbreaking Place in My Mind (Spencer Cornett, Brock Bracamontez, Kyle Coroneos)
4. Same Old Shape Again (Spencer Cornett)
5. Pick From Your Vine (Spencer Cornett, Lawson Bennett)
6. She Done It Now (Spencer Cornett)
7. Boomswagglers #1 [Instrumental] (Brock Bracamontez)
8. The Day The Devil Smiled (Spencer Cornett)
9. Tired of Driving (Spencer Cornett)
10. Marlboro Mile (Spencer Cornett)
11. Rainy Morning Misery (Spencer Cornett)
Spencer Cornett - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Steven "Brock" Bracamontez - Electric Guitar
Kyle "Trigger" Coroneos - Drums, Harmony vocals
Zach Moulton - Pedal Steel Guitar
James Shelton - Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Crepps - Bass
William Lloyd - Banjo
Beth Chrisman - Fiddle
Yvette Judd - Harmony Vocals
Cris Burns - Engineering, mixing, and mastering
The Boomswagglers' Bootleg Beginnings from the Shack Out Back has finally be re-released digitally. Originally released in 2011, the record set The Boomswagglers up as one of the most revered bands in the burgeoning underground country scene. The song "Run You Down" went on to be nominated for an Independent Music Award for Best Country Song, and multiple songs from the record were used in the documentary Rolling Papers in 2015. The record has since become a cult favorite.
Bootleg Beginnings from the Shack Out Back is available for streaming or download anywhere digital music is sold.
The Boomswagglers will be trekking from Austin, TX in late July to attend the highly-buzzed Tumbleweed Music Festival, where they will be sharing the lineup with the likes of Billy Joe Shaver, Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, Sunny Sweeney, Jamey Johnson, and many more. Being held in Sugar Creek, MO (just outside of Kansas City), The Tumbleweed Festival offers three days of entertainment, with The Boomswagglers playing Thursday night (7-27).
For more info and to purchase tickets, go to tumbleweedcountry.com.
The Boomswagglers have been officially announced as one of the first 100 bands to be selected to play the prestigious AmericanaFest in Nashville September 12th thru 17th, 2017. They will be performing at AmericanaFest alongside acts such as the Turnpike Troubadours, Brandy Clark, Deer Tick, and Rodney Crowell, and will be touring from Austin to attend the event. The honor has also landed them mention in places such as Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and many more.
More information, dates, and times for The Boomswagglers performances around AmericanaFest as they become available.
After spending much of the winter and spring in the studio, The Boomswagglers with be attending SXSW in Austin the 3rd week of March as they get ready for what promises to be a big 2017. Playing multiple showcases during the annual music gathering, the 3-piece, hard-driving and dirty country band will be playing a mix of the older material that made them a big name in the country music underground, and the new material that they hope will take the project to a wider audience in the coming months. Helmed by singer and songwriter Spencer Cornett, the band will be showcasing their original songs with Steven "Brock" Bracamontez on lead guitar, and Kyle "The Triggerman" Coroneos on drums at multiple events including the Spring Fling at Giddups, and the annual Brooklyn Country Cantina.
The full SXSW schedule can be found below.