Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band The sound of summer in the west
With a highly popular new album and packed summer schedule, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band continue building on their foundation of being the sound that is synonymous with a good time in the west.
Playing over 170 shows annually, many at the most renowned western events in existence, and sharing the stage with some of Nashville’s biggest stars has allowed the band to showcase their sound and memorable stage presence to a growing number of people each year. The result has been a dream come true for everyone involved.
“Each year we just keep getting bigger shows and opportunities. We always hoped to get to this point, and it’s very rewarding to have our fan base in the area we play in getting bigger and bigger each year. Basically everywhere we play is a party, and we enjoy being at the point where we can pick and choose the events that are going to be the biggest and best parties of the summer. Then, when we show up, we always put on the best show we can,” explained Chancey Williams of the enjoyment he and fellow band members get out of their profession and success.
Among stops already played during the 2013 summer are the Sand Hills Summer Jam at Lake McConaughy, Neb., Chris LeDoux Days in Kaycee, Wyo., multiple concerts at the Loud American Roadhouse during the Sturgis Rally in Sturgis, S.D., and Freedom Fest in Saratoga, Wyo.
One of the band’s longstanding favorite summer stops is Cheyenne Frontier Days, where Williams noted they typically play the beer tent, and were honored to be asked back on the main stage for a second time this year.
“Cheyenne is one of our favorites, and being asked back onto the main stage this summer to open for Dwight Yoakam after opening for Merle Haggard last year was great. You basically have to be a signed Nashville artist to play that stage, and we really appreciate that they let us be a part of it,” noted Williams.
Tried and true stops at various rodeos and street dances in the Tri-State region also remain a favorite for band members, and Williams listed the Sheridan-WYO Rodeo and street dance as one of the best shows for both the band and attendees, year after year.
“We’re also very excited to be playing a lot of new fairs and rodeos this year, including several in Montana and South Dakota. We just wrapped up at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo and are headed to Aberdeen, South Dakota for the Brown County Fair,” noted Williams.
Following the fair rush, the band will finish the summer welcoming students back to Laramie, Wyo., at the Cowboy Saloon, then will play several nights at the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colo. Events in Kallispell, Mont., North Platte, Neb., San Juan Capistrano, Cali., and Las Vegas, Nev., have the band booked solid through the next several months.
“We all really enjoy the Vegas shows, and typically play there about six times a year, including during the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). That’s a big stop for us and it’s always a lot of fun to be there with that crowd during the NFR,” explained Williams.
In addition to hearing tried and true fan favorites, those attending an event featuring Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band this summer will also be treated to the sounds of their new album, Echo, which was released in June.
“This is our third studio album. We started planning it last August or September, and flew to Nashville to record it in February, 2013,” said Williams. “Our producer is very good, and we are really excited about how it turned out and the response we’ve had to it!”
Williams continued, noting that the band’s goal was to make this album better than the last one in every way.
“Last time we only got to do seven songs, and on this one there are 10. We also made an effort to include music for everyone while keeping true to our sound. There are a few newer and a few older type country songs, some Texas sounding stuff, good dance songs, and just a lot of variety throughout the album,” he explained.
The overwhelmingly positive response by fans took the album to number 10 on the Mountain Region Billboard Chart in its first week, due largely to number of copies sold on Itunes.
“That was great of our fans to purchase it and help carry it to that position. Everyone I’ve talked to has commented on how well it’s put together and agrees that it’s our best so far,” noted Williams, adding that having fans sing along to songs on the new album at live shows has been highlight of the summer for everyone in the band.
In addition to maintaining a very busy touring lineup through fall, fans can also look forward to the release of the band’s second music video.
“We’ve been talking about a music video, and I have a friend that works for Luke Bryan that has offered to come out and shoot one for us in September or October. We haven’t selected which song or the exact release date yet, but we’re very appreciative to him for offering to help us with it, and looking forward to seeing the final product,” noted Williams.
Looking to the future, Williams has no plans of slowing down, and said he looks forward to continuing to grow the band’s success and play great music.
“I always wanted to get this big, and it’s really a dream come true that we get to play at this level. Most people don’t get their dream job and have to settle for something else. I feel like I’m blessed in that I actually get to do what I’ve dreamed of since I was young,” he concluded.
For tour stop information or to purchase music, visit chanceywilliams.com
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