Country supergroup Texas Hill (Craig Wayne Boyd, Casey James, Adam Wakefield) made their Grand Ole Opry debut this past weekend, taking the iconic stage on Saturday, January 22. Adding to the excitement, their debut album HEAVEN DOWN HERE dropped the day before the performance (1/21). The band stepped into the historic Opry circle to display their stunning vocals, opening as an acoustic trio with “Darkest Sky” and closing with “For the Love of It” accompanied by the Opry house band; they were received with a standing ovation from the audience. Other performers that night included Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Ricky Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent.
“We were so honored and unbelievably excited to get to step into the Circle together as brothers. And to see Ricky Skaggs standing there side stage rooting us on… we’ll never forget it,” said Craig Wayne Boyd.
Listen to HEAVEN DOWN HERE HERE.
The 12-track project, which further the band’s soul-soaked, in-your-face harmonies, includes previously released tunes from their self-titled debut EP plus five new tracks including “Up One Side.” The trio first began writing and performing together in 2019 and announced the band publicly in June of 2020 via Billboard. Since then, Texas Hill has found a fan in anyone that takes the time to listen. American Songwriter recently mused that, “despite their unique strengths, the combination of these three artists works—and it works exceptionally well.” “Hearing our voices blend together was something that got us all excited and, from that point on, we have been 100% resolved to make it happen,” James told Billboard.
“All three of us were thrust into situations where millions of people made snap judgments on our talent and ability in 90 seconds, and that’s why this project has been so cathartic for us. There are so many things we’re proud of on this record. I think the one I’m most proud of is how diverse and raw it is. At a time where new music coming out of ‘Music City’ can be formatted and predictable, we let the music lead; and it took us to a lot of different places. There are elements of Blues, R&B, Country, Southern Rock and even Latin influences on this mama-jama. I think there’s something for everyone on here,” says Adam Wakefield of the band’s process on this album.