Built To Break by Ronnie Fauss is a great example of what's going on in Texas rock these days. The twang is still there, but the kitsch has been stripped away to let that everyday slice of life drive the songs. The music always has a driving energy that sounds good driving down the road. The songs ring so true you want to sing along. It's rock and roll for real people with real lives in the real world.
I'm adding "Another Town," "Eighteen Wheels (featuring Rhett Miller)," "I'm Sorry Baby (That's Just The Way It Goes)," and my personal favorite "Old Life" to rotation.
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Listen to the Ronnie Fauss interview and tracks from his previous album.
Ronie Fauss is the featured guest on Americana Music Show #230.
More info about Ronnie Fauss
By conventional wisdom, Ronnie Fauss hit the music scene after it was way too late to be a rock & roll star. The conventional wisdom is that rock & roll is for the young kids with nothing to lose. But Ronnie Fauss didn't hit the Texas rock & roll scene until after his first kid was born. And Ronnie Fauss proves that there is rock & roll for people who have a lot to lose. He proves that there is rock & roll for people who have jobs, for people who have wives and husbands instead of lovers, for people who have kids, for people who have there act together, at least mostly.
This is Ronnie Fauss' second record on Normaltown records, an imprint of New West records. He earned his spot in the label roster by self-producing a string of EPs and playing night after night around the metroplexes of Texas until one night while playing at Houston's Cactus Music, he met George Fontaine Sr,. the owner of the label. They bonded over common music interests and the next thing you know he's signed to the label. And telling it makes it sound so easy and glosses over the countless nights, countless hours, countless setbacks that come when you'r e trying to be a rock & roll star and a family man at the same time. And, thank god, Ronnie Fauss proves it can be done if you set your mind to it.