Texas-based Americana artist Opie Hendrix is back with his fifth studio release, Famous Vol. 1. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the "Opie Hendrix experience".
Famous Vol. 1 combines the Indiana-born Hendrix's diverse influences and years of musical experiences into a recording that sounds just as fresh as his first record. In that time, Hendrix has outlasted some of the venues in which he's performed-such as the legendary CBGB's in New York City-and lived to tell the tale. Famous's title track can attest to that.
Though he's won two Houston Press Music Awards for Best Root Rock/Rockabilly, it's too simplistic to categorize him under those terms. Hendrix has shared the stage with Hal Ketchum, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hayes Carll, Bobby Bare Jr., James McMurtry and more, but he's also inspired by bands like The Smiths, Black Flag, and The Ramones.
"I'm not sure if I write the songs or if the songs write me", Hendrix says. "I can't be pigeonholed or labeled. I just play my feelings".
Part Waylon Jennings, part Webb Wilder and part Hank III....conspiratorial works of the Old 97s, and sells them with good-ol'-boy exuberance and crisp arrangements...
-William Michael Smith, Texas Music Magazine