Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels is back with his critically-acclaimed musician pals (James Stroud, Billy Crain and Charlie Hayward) as the Beau Weevils premiere the official music video for “Mexico Again” exclusively on CMT Music and CMT.com.
“Mexico Again” is the first music video to be released from the band’s debut album, Beau Weevils — Songs in the Key of E, that dropped last year (October 2018).
“Well, there’s actually more than a little autobiographical stuff in ‘Mexico Again,'” admits Daniels. “I really did get put in jail in Juarez, Mexico back in my wild, young, crazy days, and the U.S. border was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen. So, you could say my motivation for writing the song was fact and fantasy.”
Air times for Thursday, March 14 on CMT Music:
9:19 a.m., 12:08 p.m., 3:07 p.m., 6:17 p.m., 9:08 p.m. / EST
Air times for Friday, March 15 on CMT Music:
12:06 a.m., 3:18 a.m. / EST
The new ten-track album that Daniels describes as “downhome, swampy rock meets funk with a little taste of ‘delta’ type of style,” features the country legend on lead vocals, guitar and fiddle, Stroud on drums and percussion, Crain on guitar, and Hayward on bass.
Daniels wrote or co-wrote all ten tunes on the new compilation. Stroud and Casey Wood produced the project with Daniels’ manager David Corlew serving as executive producer.
CMA and ACM Award-winning James Stroud’s history as a musician, producer, music publisher and industry executive spans over 40 years. As a drummer/percussionist, he has played behind the likes of The Pointer Sisters, Paul Simon, Gladys Knight, Bob Seger and dozens more. He produced his first hit in 1976 with the triple platinum-selling “Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore. Stroud achieved major country music success producing albums for Tim McGraw and Clint Black in the 1990s. After making his foray into the record label side of the industry, Stroud helmed Giant Records (at which time he discovered Clay Walker), DreamWorks Records Nashville (where he signed Toby Keith and produced four of the singer’s multi-platinum albums) and served as Co-Chairman of Universal Music Group in Nashville (steering the careers of the likes of Vince Gill, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Sugarland). He would go on to found his own independent label, Stroudavarious Records, and later, R&J Records. Stroud has produced albums that have collectively sold millions of copies, and had over 100 #1 records, including three chart-toppers with country star Chris Young. Stroud also produced several albums for The Charlie Daniels Band including Homesick Heroes (’88), Simple Man (’89), and Renegade (’91).
A staple of the southern rock scene since the early 1970s, Billy Crain has performed with The Allman Brothers Band, The Rossington-Collins Band, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, The Outlaws and the Henry Paul Band. He’s the brother of the late Charlie Daniels Band guitarist, Tommy Crain.
Longtime Charlie Daniels Band guitarist Charlie Hayward is best known for playing bass on Gregg Allman’s critically-acclaimed album, Laid Back. His additional credits include performing with Dr. John and Alex Taylor.