Growth and development are two key factors when it comes to understanding the talented artists behind Hill Country Revue. The new album never strays from the band’s unique blend of Southern rock and blues, but rather showcases their pride and progression as not only musicians but as a unified band. “Make a Move was an artistic transition, and Zebra Ranch is a personal one,” Cody Dickinson says.
“This album is a yell of rock and roll rebellion,” Cody says of the new record. “It’s also a loud cry for purpose, meaning and truth – straight from the soul.” Zebra Ranch is exactly that, an album showing the band’s growth into their own identity and sound, exemplifying a band that has truly come into their own. “Zebra Ranch is our ‘we have arrived’ kind of party,” Cody explains.
The album’s title holds a special meaning for Cody Dickinson – Zebra Ranch is the name of the recording studio on his parents’ farm that both Hill Country Revue albums have been created in. His father Jim has been a major influence for everyone in the band, acting as “director” of Make A Move during its creation at Zebra Ranch. “Being an artist himself, he was always producing, even in absentia,” says Cody of his late father, who passed one year ago. “He continues today, and this record is in his memory.”
As a whole, the members of Hill Country Revue feel that Zebra Ranch has been a “huge, full circle event for us.” Cody explains, “This record captures a band realizing its sound to the fullest potential. We have found our identity, carved our niche – now we’re owning it!”
The success of Make a Move validated the ideas and music of the newly formed band, showcasing their technical talent to a new audience. Now with Zebra Ranch, the band is ready to encapsulate their fans once again, as well as bring in an even wider fan base. Hill Country Revue will be on tour supporting Zebra Ranch in the fall of 2010 and throughout 2011.