Finding the lost sounds

Full House by Phil Houseal

Every once in a red, white, or blue moon you stumble across a band that seems to be playing just for you.

Over the years, I’ve seen, heard, and written about every style and genre and level of bar band. But then you find something unexpected but inevitable.

Sometimes it’s a look.

Sometimes it’s a lick.

Sometimes it’s the name of the band.

Meet Lost Sounds of a Texas Honky Tonk.

I accidentally heard them at Albert Ice House, where the five-piece country band plays a regular Wednesday night gig. They just sounded “right.”

So I contacted steel player Dennis Challman and asked who the hell they were.

“We are all veteran players, and we love that kind of music,” he said. “Ninety-five percent of it is from older Texas and country tunes, with some Bob Wills from the 40s. Hardly any new stuff. We’re criticized a little by the younger crowd, but the older crowd loves us.”

As a rule, I never review bands in this column. I don’t have the ability or desire to judge musicians. But something about this group made me want to tell people about them.

Their sound is comfortable. Their music is real. It has to be, to live up to their name.

As I watched and listened, I most enjoyed the way they clicked together. They all knew what the other was going to do before they did it. I tried to think of words to define it. Didn’t need to. Their fans did it for me.

“They play some great music,” said Phil Stein, the Wednesday night bartender guy. “They are old guys that have been doing it for a long time and they’re damn good at what they do and we’re glad they’re here.”

It was a fan that gave them their name.

“Yeah,” said Challman. “Someone yelled out, hey, you guys are great, just like the lost sounds of Texas honky tonks. It kind of stuck. Maybe because he shouted it more than once.”

Fan Becky Polk was so impressed, she became their marketing manager. She remembers walking into Pecan Street Brewery in Johnson City three years ago and hearing them for the first time.


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