Josh Abbott founded the band in the 2000s in Lubbock, Texas while attending Texas Tech University. He quit college, a thesis away from his Masters degree, to pursue a musical career full time, and founded the band with Preston Wait, guitarist Jedd Hughes. After Hughes dropped out, they were replaced with the band's current lineup. After signing with Bruce Kalmick and Ambiance Artists Management Group in December 2008, the wheels started turning fast for one of Texas Music's quickest risers. With the assistance of former Sons of the Desert lead singer Drew Womack, the band recorded an album titled Scapegoat in 2009.
A second album, She's Like Texas, followed in 2010. This album has made 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".
It includes the single "Oh, Tonight", which debuted at number 59 and peaked at 44 on the Hot Country Songs charts in early 2011. The song is a duet with Nashville Star season 5 finalist and Universal Music recording artist Kacey Musgraves.
The band's third CD, Small Town Family Dream, was released on April 24, 2012. The first single, "Touch," was released on YouTube in early February and was made available digitally on February 14.