That collaboration led to weekly rehearsals, monthly gigs and frequent trips down Texas highways. And victory in the second Shiner Rising Star competition in 2005. Having heard the gospel of music since birth the Lost Immigrants became true believers at the altar call of the release of the first Lost Immigrants album Waiting On Judgment Day, produced by the high-priest of Texas music himself, Ray Wylie Hubbard. In the two years that followed the album’s fall 2006 release, the band played almost constantly around Texas, while venturing into the Red Dirt country of Oklahoma and beyond to the hills of Tennessee and the mesas of Utah to play…not to mention embarking on an AFE Asian tour supporting American troops throughout Korea, Okinawa and Japan. In the words of co-founder Craig Hinkle: "The Immigrants joined together on a journey... a journey that, without knowing, would take them through nearly every stage of life and places in between.
And somewhere along they way, they lost themselves." In other words, they were baptized. Baptized By Texas and the Texas music circuit. Over the course of those two years, the Immigrants encountered many changes. Anchored throughout by front-man and principal songwriter James Dunning and lead guitarist and harmony vocalist Sean Isbell, the band encountered many changes in the rhythm section, from a nearly revolving door behind the drum kit and the departure of Craig, the original bassist.
Over time, a new lineup emerged, including Robert Anderson, recently departed from the nationally touring alternative rock band Deathray Davies on drums and Michael Scudiero on bass. As with all believers emerging from the baptismal waters, the Immigrants have been reborn. This new album, Baptized: Live In The Hill Country celebrates that rebirth. Recorded live from iconic Texas venues Gruene Hall and Luckenbach, TX over a single weekend in November, 2008. It features two new original studio tracks, “Get Lost” and “Baptized By Texas” along with twelve live tracks from those shows, including another new original, “Genevieve” that is only available live, two cover songs that are perpetual crowd-pleasers, and new arrangements of many of your favorites from the first album. So join the Immigrants in celebration and let the cold water wash all your cares away to nada and get Baptized By Texas tonight. Read more on Last.fm.
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