Booming energy, crazed passion, and full-fledged rock and roll just screams out McAllen, Texas’ very own Sons of Texas. They have definitely come out strong with their first album, Baptized in the Rio Grande, exceeding all expectations I had of this five-man band, including Mark Morales on vocals, Mike Villarreal on drums, Nick Villarreal on bass, Jon Olivarez on rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos on lead guitar. Produced by the one and only, Josh Wilbur (Chiodos, Lamb of God, Hatebreed), they have come out of the woodwork with insane vocal melodies, captivating guitar solos, and scream along choruses. They combine classic rock and roll with a new metal core vibe and it just works in the best possible way.
Sons of Texas may be fairly new to the game but you cannot ignore the pure brilliance that went into this album. The transition from soft vocals to the fiery passion from Morales is so evoking and hard not to acknowledge. You can feel the fire behind the flames as they pump out raw emotion into this album. Baptized in the Rio Grande gives you everything you could want in a starting album, from standout hits such as “Pull It and Fire” and “Never Bury the Hatchet” to the haunting “Breathing Through My Wounds” which sends you off into the stars. All in all, we hope to see great things from this rising group, they have incredible potential and really have stuck to their hometown roots of a true Texas rock and roll band. Be sure to check out their debut album March 3rd and an upcoming tour as well as a few shows this spring. Details below.
Sons of Texas Tour Dates
April 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
May 2 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 23 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
Also you can check out their music/social media/videos here: http://www.sonsoftexasmusic.com/
Words by Tiffany Taylor