Six Market Blvd, a popular Texas Red Dirt band made an out of the blue announcement today.  After their current run of shows, the band is going on an indefinite hiatus.  It's not "officially" a break up, but apparently their singer, Clayton Landua, is looking to "explore some new opportunities."

The band has become a regular feature on the Texas music scene and have routinely made stops at Denim and Diamonds since 2005.  The news comes as a shock to many fans.  Here's the official press release from their website:

Nashville, TN-  Nationally recognized Six Market Blvd. announced today that the band will take an indefinite hiatus in 2014after a long successful five year run.  Fans will have a chance to see them off at their bon voyage performance at City Limits in their hometown of Stephenville, Texas on February 28th.

Six Market Blvd. formed at Tarleton University in Stephenville back in 2009 and went on to crest the upper echelon of the Texas music scene with their latest record SHAKE IT DOWN (May 2012) on Nashville-based Vision Entertainment with two Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Chart.  Quickly attracting a national following, the record instantly debuted at #42 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, #22 on the HeatseekersChart, #1 on the Heatseekers Regional South Central Chart and #5 on the iTunes Country Chart.   Their eclectic mix of Americana roots combined with lead singer Clayton Landua’s soaring vocals gained them rave reviews in premier outlets including the Huffington Post, Country Weekly Magazine, Billboard’s The 615 Blog and Texas Music Magazine to name a few. The swelling attention caught the ears of Thirty Tigers via SONY RED Distribution who re-released the record nationally in November2012.

The shocking news of the hiatus is a great upset to the band’s widespread fan base, but cannot be helped. Lead singer Clayton Landua feels that his calling in life is taking a new direction and that he needs to explore some new opportunities.  “What an amazing run this has been for the past fiveyears. The will and determination from everyone that has been involved with Six Market Blvd. is unforgettable and will be remembered with thankfulness and gratitude. Everyone on our business team, and without a doubt the amazing fans and friends, all hold a tight connection to what has taken place for this music group from the start.  THANK YOU ALL. I am simply wanting to go in a different direction in my life and it is certain that the good Lord above is playing a major role in this. Many opportunities come to mind as far as turning my music to the direction of ministry and whatever can come from it. I’m looking forward to the changes to come and seeing my family more often who have been so supportive of Six Market Blvd. over the years.”

Ben Hussey, bass player, vocalist and one of the primary songwriters of the band is saddened by the sudden break, but is looking forward to a brand new year of brand new music from the remaining band members. “Iwould like to thank all of our friends, family and fans for the past five years of continuous support, and a very special ‘thank you’ to our manager Nick Hammond for dealing with our shit. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without all of you. We have always agreed to do whatever is necessary to keep each other happy in our pursuits, and if that means exploring other opportunities, then out of respect for each other so be it. Red, Josh, and myself are going to move forward playing music togetherand working on a new project. Exciting things are coming for and from us. Much love to you all and please keep supporting live music.”