About a year after the release of their debut single, “Trust Me, You Can’t Trust Me,” and two subsequent releases, The Western Express have been hard at work and are ready to unveil their debut, full-length album, Lunatics, Lovers & Poets. Set for release on August 6th, the band is offering a taste of the album with the release of a music video for lead single, “Flower of the Rio Grande.”
Offering a sound plucked straight from the border of Texas and Mexico, the duo, comprised of Phill Brush and Stephen Castillo, have presented a cinematic video showcasing a sense of yearning for a belle across a scenic desert.
“He wants her and she knows it. And she’s not giving in that easily,” the duo says. “‘Flower of the Rio Grande’ has the Mex-Tex vibe we love to play, and tells the story of a lovelorn man roaming the desert searching for the dark-eyed woman who now only lives in his dreams.”
“Flower of the Rio Grande” serves as the lead single to The Western Express’s debut album, Lunatics, Lovers & Poets. Watch the video premiere below!
About The Western Express:
Phill Brush and Stephen Castillo, together known as The Western Express, met via Craigslist in early 2018 and bonded over their shared love of first-rate songwriting and the country hits of the 1980s and ‘90s. While they’re aware of the renewed interest inthose eras of country music and the major-label artists leading that surge in popularity with radio-friendly hits, they’re no bandwagon act: Brush spent his youth in Texas Hill Country, while Castillo grew up deep in East Texas. Their debut album, Lunatics, Lovers & Poets, produced by rockabilly star John Evans (Emily Bell, Hayes Carll, Corb Lund), features nine songs written by Castillo and inspired by a wide range of genres and styles, from Country Music Hall of Fame members Dean Dillon and Willie Nelson(whose 1950s radio show is the band’s namesake) to Emily Frantz of the bluegrass duo Watchhouse and ranchera singer Chavela Varg.
*Images by Eryn Brooke*