It's 2,000 miles from Austin To Boston - a journey that covers a lot of ground and plenty of musical landscape. It's a journey covered in fine style with R.W. Hampton's newest release, Austin To Boston.
Austin To Boston is the 12th album of new material by the award-winning cowboy artist and arguably his most eagerly anticipated. Prior to the album's release, the first European focus track, "Cowboy's Prayer," debuted at #2 on the UK Hotdisc Top 40 chart and quickly rose to #1, where it enjoyed a three-week reign; the second European focus track, "Driftin' Again," debuted at #1. And pre-release tunes from the album posted on Hampton's Facebook page have helped the number of his 'fans' grow beyond the 33,000 mark – a remarkable achievement in today's cowboy world.
These impressive mile markers and an always-busy touring schedule show Hampton in high gear as an artist and entertainer. With a steadily-growing, passionate fan base drawn to songs inspired by his heartland values and life as a working cowboy, Hampton's newest release continues that journey with remarkable material and a tight, sophisticated sound.
Hampton recorded Austin To Boston in Los Angeles with Joe Diblasi as producer, engineer and arranger, and Gary Bright as executive producer and producer. Drawing from their extensive contacts, Hampton was able to record with some of the finest studio musicians working today, including Grammy Award-winning dobro player Al Perkins, bagpiper Eric Rigler, who played Irish whistle on Celine Dion's Grammy winning "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie Titanic, steel player extraordinaire Jay Dee Maness from the Desert Rose Band and legendary accordionist Frank Marocco.
But the superb production and stellar musicianship found all over Austin To Boston ultimately serves best as backdrop for Hampton's resonant baritone - which has never sounded better - and his vocal interpretations of the album's world class repertoire. "There's a lot of great music out there that speaks to the values I believe in," Hampton explains. "I don't want to be known as a singer who just does cowboy songs; I want to be known as a cowboy who sings great songs."
"I'm excited about the new album and the interest it's already getting," adds Hampton. "I can't wait to get out on the road and perform these new songs live."
Judging from their enthusiastic response and the early chart success of Austin To Boston, Hampton's fans are eager to make the journey with him.