Jamie Talbert & The Band of Demons are known for a raising a few eyebrows — not only with their name, but with their music. As edgy and innovative as their namesake song (Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”), this Jam Band influenced group feels the lyric, “and a band of demons joined in, and it sounded something like this,” sums up their style perfectly. There are no starched shirts, big hats, or cowboy boots, these boys like to have FUN, and it SHOWS! As all of this is packed into devilish antics that are infectious, it becomes something everyone wants to be a part of.
“It’s always fun when we hear that we were not what someone expected,” said Talbert. “We love to take our listeners through a musical journey and we play music that we love. In addition to our own songs, when we take the stage we do mash-ups with songs of various genres since our sphere of influences is so different. From Led Zeppelin to Steve Earle or Willie Nelson, they may not be very natural or seem very orthodox but, by the time we’re done, it works.”
As 2016 ends, the band is celebrating two landmark years: In 2015 they saw their CD, TOMORROW NIGHT, released and the debut radio single “South Bound Train” broke into the Top 100 on the Texas Charts where it stayed for a respectable 15 weeks, peaking at 63; their second single, a hard rockin’ version of Charlie Daniels’ “Long Haired Country Boy,” spent 13 weeks in the Top 100. In 2016, the album’s title track, which is dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, peaked at #36 and their latest single, “Waking Up With a Stranger,” finished out the year. On January 12, to kick off 2017 in style, the band released “Wildfire,” the lead single from their sophomore album, DO IT, which was produced by Stormy Cooper and Lyndon Hughes.
Cooper, who has worked with such Texas staples as Roger Creager and Bri Bagwell, as well as “The Voice” winners Danielle Bradbery and Sundance Head, brought out the best in the band. Talbert is looking forward to highlighting the growth the band has experienced since TOMORROW NIGHT, which was produced in a home studio with the help of many that he trusted and respected.
“This time around our album is more streamlined with full sound and production,” said Talbert. “Our debut did so well that I was able to see the full potential for the band and feel that this new music is not a change from our sound as much as it is a change by doing it better. I was able to get past my own ego and look at different perspectives and allow pieces of me to become a part of another’s experience and vice versa.”