Red Shahan, ‘Revolution’ [Exclusive Premiere]
Texas artist Red Shahan is premiering his brand-new song "Revolution" exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to listen.
"Revolution" is equal parts catchy and heavy, an arguably political song that still fits in at the honky-tonk: "It's over now, and we're never gonna rest until it's true / I need a revolution," Shahan sings over a hard-driving melody. "I can see it going down / It's black and white, it's all around / Can't trust the puppet in the office / There's more to life than meets the eye."
Which is exactly what the singer was thinking when he wrote the tune: "Everyone is entitled to a revolution," Shahan tells The Boot. "Big or small, man or woman, there's no time like the present to stand up and let everyone know you've had enough."
"Revolution" comes from Shahan's upcoming new album, Culberson County. Although the record isn't due out (via Thirty Tigers) until March 30, the song is already a hit with Shahan's fans in the Lubbock, Texas, club scene and beyond.
"People will say ‘Are you going to play "Revolution" tonight?’ And I’m like, ‘How do you even know that song’s called "Revolution?"" Shahan says. “But it’s been very cool to see that, and I’m just really excited to get the whole album out now and to get people’s reactions and input to the rest of the songs. We’re all extremely proud of this record. I still feel like we haven’t even scratched the surface of what we’re capable of yet, but this is a great window into what’s to come.”
Shahan, a West Texas native, first learned to play guitar from his mother, Kim Smith, as a kid (Smith makes an appearance on Shahan's song "Memphis," which joins "Revolution" on his forthcoming sophomore album). Since then, he's become a fixture on the Texas music scene. Visit RedShahan.com to pre-order Culberson County and keep up with Shahan's tour dates.
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