Rumor Town Featuring Jay Eric

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    Jay Eric, Matthew Aaron, Bruce Schwarz and John Thiem comprise the band, and are the original members of a group called Jay Eric and The Blieders Creek Band who formed in the early 1980s. The band was conceived in hopes of recording and releasing its own blend of Texas music to radio and new Texas music lovers. Hailing from New Braunfels, Rumor Town fuses original authentic Texas music and cover tunes, drawing inspiration from a wide array of country-oriented groups including George Strait, The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens, just to name a few.

    Bassist/vocalist Bruce Schwarz says his band got the Summer Concert Series gig through Texas Thunder Radio DJ Egon Barthels, who frequently plays Rumor Town’s latest single “She’s Never Been This Gone.”

    “To play with the big boys you have to have something on Texas radio,” Schwarz said with a laugh. “Fortunately, Egon and TTR have been playing both (singles) ‘Tequila’s Turn’ and ‘She’s Never Been

    This Gone Before.’ He got me in touch with John Owens at Owens Entertainment and that was that.”

    Schwarz says he and his bandmates are looking forward to the Summer Concert Series, and that they plan on having a great time— as they always do.

    “We love playing live and try putting on an awesome show as well,” he said. “We’re looking forward to making new friends, new fans and interacting with current fans as well. We always hope to make new connections.”

    Rumor has it that the name Rumor Town came from an album of a long-time friend of the band: singer/songwriter Clay Blaker.

    “Clay wrote many songs for George Strait and countless other artist,” Schwarz said. “He had an album and title song called ‘Rumor Town,’ which sounded pretty unique.”

    Schwarz says most folks outside of the New Braunfels area think only Americana and Blues acts come out of the scene, but maintains that this is not the case, and that Rumor Town is on a mission to dispel that rumor.

    “We are definitely here to send that message out loud and clear,” Schwarz said, waxing poetic.

    Rumor Town tips their hats to Barthels and Texas Thunder Radio, as well as Dayton with KCTI for exposing them to a wider market.

    “It just helps spread the word that much faster,” Schwarz said. “We should be releasing our new single in about two to three weeks, so be on the look out for it!”

    Schwarz added that the band is not yet sure whether the single is going to be “He’s Right Where I Belong” or “She Needs A Saturday Night,” but that for sure one will be now and the other is being set aside as a Christmas tune to be November. In the meantime, he looks forward to confirming rumors in Gonzales that he plays in a great band.

    “See you at the show, and don’t be afraid to come up and say hello,” he inadvertently rhymed again. Guess it’s just the songwriter in him.

    Rumor Town will have CDs and T-shirts for sale at the show, with proceeds helping the group finish their new album for mid to late summer release. “Tequila’s Turn” is currently available on iTunes.