For the past year and a half, Kevin Anthony & G-Town worked on its latest project which features all things Gulf Coast with a taste of Cajun on its 10th CD entitled “Jump the Fence.”
The local favorites will have a CD release party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Maceo’s Spice & Import Co., 2706 Market St., in Galveston — and everyone is invited.
The CD, produced by Grammy-winning Joel Savoy, was written and developed in its early stages at upright bass player Christopher Smith-Gonzalez’s island home, and features tunes such as “Listen to Your Heart,” “Evangeline” and “West Texas Wind.”
“For this CD, I was able to work with Galveston-based musicians for this project and we were able to travel together quite a bit to Savoy’s studio in Louisiana,” Anthony said. “This time allowed us to gain perspective from the work so that when we returned to it we would view it more objectively. We also spent lots of time soaking up the culinary and music offerings of southwest Louisiana. I’m continuing on the music path that I’ve been taking with previous albums by combining all of our unique Texas Gulf Coast influences such as Texas fiddle music, Tex-Mex, Cajun and whatever else comes to mind. I like to call it the ‘Gulf Coast sound.’”
With “Jump the Fence,” Anthony wanted to honor his good friend, Al Berard, who passed away in 2013.
Berard, who was a phenomenal fiddle player, taught Anthony a lot about playing music and, in particular, about Cajun music and the fiddles’ place in that style of music, Anthony said.
“We wanted to do something in his honor since he was such a good person and had a tremendous influence on me with music,” Anthony said. “And in tandem with that, the opportunity to work with Savoy was a great experience. Continuing along the same lines of combining Texas and Cajun music I needed someone to take the helm and understand what I was doing. He’s (Savoy) straightforward and intuitive as well as a nice guy who just happens to have his Grammy Award on his desk and his nominations covering the wall, which keeps me motivated to make great music.”
If you’ve never gotten a chance to hear Anthony’s music, then you can expect great music that combines from all the things that make southeast Texas the best, Anthony explained.
“This CD is a little spicy, not too sweet, a little fiddle and lots of rhythm; I’d say it’s my best work to date,” Anthony said. “I’ve been able to grow as a songwriter and collaborator and I’m still honing the craft daily. This (CD) represents where I was at the time. Since then, I’ve taken what I learned from that period and have been applying it to new work.”
The free, family friendly party will have CD’s available for purchase, and opportunities to meet members of the band, which include Anthony, Smith-Gonzalez, Jim Hall, Joel Mora and Dwight Wolf.
“I have a couple of projects that I’m producing at my studio and I’m continuing to write new material,” Anthony said. “We’re looking into further expanding the range of performances to support the album nationally and internationally as well. I hope that everyone enjoys this new album and we thank everyone for their continued support.”