If you don’t know Jeffrey Steele as an artist, you’re bound to know his songs. He’s penned a slew of hits from Tim McGraw‘s “The Cowboy in Me” to “These Days, ” “What Hurts the Most,” “Here” and “My Wish” for Rascal Flatts. And that’s just to name a few. Steele was also the frontman for one of my favorite 90s bands, Boy Howdy, which performed the enduring “She’d Give Anything.”
For his latest project, Jeffrey has partnered with Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Jerry Roe (drums), Tony Harrell (piano), James Mitchell (guitar) and Brad Albin (bass) to create music you might not hear from today’s country artists.
“You can’t play this for Luke Bryan! You can’t play this for Kenny Chesney! They’re gonna laugh you out of town!’ Steele’s co-writers said of the music he was writing. “But to me, none of that mattered. That’s not what Sons of the Palomino is about.”
The group take their name from a venue in North Hollywood, where Steele spent seven years as the house bass player. “We never knew what was going to happen,” Steele recalls. “Maybe Mick Fleetwood or Rodney Crowell would show up. Buck Owens or Dwight Yoakam might sit in. One nightEddie Van Halen walked through the crowd and got up onstage. Somebody would say,Hey, can you play My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It?’ And we’d learn it on the fly! It was great training, like eight years of college.”
Last month, the group released their first single, “Countryholic,” featuring John Rich. Now, the album — which contains a slew of country collaborations — is soon to be released. John Anderson can be heard on the tongue-in-cheek “Authentic,” while Emmylou Harris appears on “Outta This Town” and Vince Gill lends his talents to “Nobody Does Lonely Like You.”
Before the album’s release, we have the exclusive first listen of the heartbreaking “When Lonely Calls”:
The group’s self-titled debut will be released on June 30. Pre-order Sons of the Palomino’s debut record here.