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January 21st, 2009
Armed with hot single, Crenshaw plays San Marcos

Brett Crenshaw’s band played last weekend at Cheatham Street Warehouse and will be back there later this month.

By SARAH STEVENS
Scene Reporter

Cheatham Street Warehouse was pretty packed for a Sunday night this last weekend. Maybe it was because there was no school on Monday, but it was more likely the draw of Brett Crenshaw performing live with his band.

Crenshaw’s current single, “Opened Up My Eyes,” is among the Top 40 requested Country songs in Texas, according to www.texasmusicchart.com. And he has a lot of loyal fans in San Marcos.

“I started playing about four years ago,” Crenshaw said. “I started playing College Station a little bit. I had a buddy of mine, Rich O’Toole, and he got me playing more in the bar scene, and it just kind of took off from there.”

Backing up Crenshaw’s distinctive take on modern Country was his band, with Robert Crump on lead guitar, Andy Abbot on the fiddle, Brian Kirkpatrick on the bass, and Erik Frankson on the drums. Abbot’s overlying violin melodies smoothed out Crump’s thick bluesy riffs. Included in the night’s set were some of the obligatory Country themes, ballads about ramblin’, mentions of trains, and couples swaying on the dance floor to the twangy Country waltzes.

Crenshaw included a diverse mix of covers amongst his original tunes, ranging from legends like Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., and Johnny Cash, to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” and Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

Said Crenshaw, “I grew up on classic country but I really listen to everything. I love ’90s rock, ’70s rock, it just depends. [My music] all stems from everything I listen to.”

Crenshaw is offering his latest album, “Another Late Night,” as a free download from his website. Or, it can be picked up at one of his concerts just for signing his mailing list.

“It came out at the beginning of this Fall semester, in September or October,” said Crenshaw about the album, “It took a long time, about a year to produce. We did it in San Antonio with a guy named Mack Damon. He also produced both of Rich O’Toole’s records, (as well as) Bart Crow, and Keith Davis. We had a lot of people play on it. Brady Black from the Randy Rogers Band played, and Joe Cortez played drums on a lot of the record.”

As far as venues go, Crenshaw said, “One of my favorites is Cheatham Street, I’m not going to lie. It’s just homey feeling. I feel at home here, and I have a lot of friends here. I was pumped about this show all week. I like here and I like Hurricane Harry’s. Those are my two favorite places.”

But different venues, Crenshaw said, respond differently to different songs.

“We have a good mix of more rockin’ tunes and country tunes,” Crenshaw said. “In a country town, they don’t really respond to the rocking ones as well, but you come and play a college town and they really do dig the rocking stuff.”

With his single doing so well on the radio, Crenshaw seems to have a promising musical career ahead.

“I can’t really say if I’ll be big or not, but I’d like to keep doing it,” he said.

Crenshaw will appear at the Cheatham Street Warehouse again on Jan. 29. For more information on upcoming shows or to download his free album and see some pictures, check out brettcrenshaw.com.

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