Josh Abbott Band is a Texas country band from the state of Texas, USA. It is composed of Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar), Edward Villanueva (drums), James Hertless (bass guitar) and Caleb Keeter (guitar).
Josh Abbott founded the band in 2006 in Lubbock, Texas, while attending Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Texas Epsilon chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He paused college, a thesis away from his Master's degree, to pursue a musical career full time, and founded the band with fraternity brothers Austin Davis, Neel Huey and Drew Hurt. The band recorded a demo including "Taste" in 2007 and began touring in 2008. Huey and Hurt dropped out, and Preston Wait and Eddie Villanueva joined. James Hertless and Caleb Keeter joined in 2010. In 2009, the band recorded and released their first album Scapegoat.
A second album, She's Like Texas, followed in 2010 and entered the Top Country Albums charts. Michael Berick of Allmusic rated it four stars out of five, comparing it to Steve Earle and saying that Abbott's songwriting showed "maturity". They had their first sell-out crowd at the World's Largest Honky Tonk "Billy Bobs Texas" located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards on 10 February 2010 which sold 6,000 tickets.
It includes the single "Oh, Tonight", which entered the Country Songs charts in early 2011 at number 59 and peaked at 42. The song is a duet with Kacey Musgraves, the Nashville Star season 5 finalist and Universal Music recording artist.
The band's third CD, Small Town Family Dream, was released on 24 April 2012. The second single, "Touch", was released in early February and was made available digitally on 14 February. Its music video includes the reality TV star Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland, another of Abbott's fraternity brothers. Other singles released from the album include "I'll Sing About Mine" and "She Will Be Free".