Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps, ‘Tips and Beer’ [Exclusive Premiere]
Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps, who hail from Tulsa, Okla., are exclusively premiering their song "Tips and Beer" for readers of The Boot.
"Tips and Beer" is the band's newest single, in which Tovar name-checks country legends such as Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and George Jones, lightheartedly blaming them for his love of honky-tonk music. During the tune, Tovar admits that he has wanted to be just like the country stars since he was "wet behind the ears."
"Tips and Beer" also incorporates a phrase that Tovar says during his live shows: "Ladies and gentlemen, we're playing for tips and beer tonight, and we've had all the beer we can drink, so tip up!"
The band's unique sound combines old-school honky-tonk with Tovar's booming baritone, along with some top-notch guitar picking. It's reminiscent of the genesis of the honky-tonk phenomenon while still being relevant for today's listeners.
Tovar was born in Perry, Okla., and grew up on a farm; he worked hard throughout the day and relaxed on horseback in the evenings. He was inspired to pick up the guitar by his late brother Josh, and his mother influenced his musical ear with the lost art of whistling -- something that Tovar takes seriously to this day.
"Tips and Beer" is from Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps' eponymous full-length debut, which is set for release on Aug. 28 on Horton Records. It is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
Listen to Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps, "Tips and Beer":
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