The Purdom Brothers – Live at Hank’s

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Brad Purdom – Live at Hank’s

Story and photos by Axton Deary

McKinney, Texas — The Purdom Brothers performed at Hank’s Texas Grill on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017

It was a bitter cold Thursday night in North Texas as The Purdom Brothers took stage at Hank’s Texas Grill, but that didn’t stop patrons from showing up and listening to great Texas music. The Purdom Brothers, twins Brad and Chad, are from Whitewright, Texas, and they drew plenty of townspeople from their local town to support the duo. The brothers — who initially seem identical — are anything but, from experiences to sound, and all the way to style.

The brothers alternated between one another and offered all original songs that encompassed a gritty acoustic sound with heavy red dirt influences and that told stories about growing up in small, rural Texas. The brothers’ songs were about the hardships that accompanies living in a small town from gleeful times chasing love across Texas to darker times of vices. Even though they are identical twins, Brad and Chad tell tales of interesting characters and experiences they have encountered that are not remotely close to being identical.

Chad, who sings with a deep, smoky voice tells a story “West Texas Angel” which is about traveling out to Lubbock for rehab and meeting the girl of his dreams, who happens to be a barmaid, and then never seeing her again. “West Texas Angel” is an excellent tune written well and performed even better. Chad then changes course and tells the tale of “This Prison”, Chad explains the song is intended as a metaphor for being held back by
yourself, but it’s truly about his time spent in prison. Chad explains he spent a few months in a North Texas prison and the hardships of family and life in general when you are faced with that consequence.


The Purdom Brothers – Live at Hank’s

Brad sings songs about chasing a red-head across Texas as he was a roughneck working in the oil field in “Taylor’s Song.” Brad follows his brother’s footsteps and turns it to darker times as he tells a story of an old friend who is caught up in vices. “Dakota” draws attention to how easily it is for small town kids to get caught up methamphetamine and essentially disappear from life. Brad doesn’t wallow in pity, as he picks up with “Barbwire in the Thorns” a great drinking tune that features great harmonica play.

The Purdom Brothers are talented musicians who sing about what they know and they connect with many small-town listeners. They have a terrific backing from their hometown to support their music and provide a great set list of original songs and better stories in between songs.


Category: *- Features, Hank's Texas Grill

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Axton Deary is currently based in Dallas, Texas. He attended college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. It was there that Axton grew an affinity for music -- with historical venues such Cheatham Street Warehouse, Gruene Hall, Joe T. Floore's Country Store, and Luckenbach just a stone's throw away. Axton saw the best that Texas' regional acts had to offer. Although currently employed full-time in Dallas, he frequents various venues scattered across the DFW metroplex during his free time. Axton currently pens album and concert reviews. He is excited to be a contributor to Scene in Town and is looking forward to the new journey.

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