Roosters crow, cows moo, and keyboards pop along on a “corny” new track from a so-called “Iowa farmer” …
It was during a beer ’n’ burger lunch at A.C.’s Bar & Grill two weeks ago that we discovered Tex!, the electro-dance project of longtime Charleston musician Paolo Licciardi. Bartender Kevin Young and City Paper columnist/radio personality Jack Hunter were nearby, talking about Hunter’s band Dante’s Camaro’s upcoming show on Fri. May 8 at the Tin Roof and Licciardi’s spot on the bill as the opening act.

“Have you heard the new Tex! song?” askds Young. “I have it right here.” He pumped the original mix of “Back to the Farm” over the bar’s stereo speakers, and we couldn’t believe our ears. This was the fresh, new single by the guy who used to play hardcore drum beats with ’90s metal band Children’s Choir? Wow.

We ran a review of the new single in last week’s issue, but we didn’t have a proper copy of it on hand to sample for the web page (most of our Jukebox local album reviews come with a 30 to 40 second audio sample on the page). Last week, Licciardi personally delivered a Discrevolt audio download card to the office for use to use online. He’ll have these available at the gig this week.

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(photo by T. Ballard Lesemann)

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